Grow Your Chinese Vocabulary At Home With These 3 Tips
Just pick up a Chinese dictionary and you’ll almost definitely be overwhelmed by the number of words it has. Chinese has well over 10,000 characters in modern-day use, which can be combined to form countless words and compound expressions.
It definitely sounds overwhelming, doesn’t it? No one said learning Chinese was going to be easy, but so many people have done it before! If you think about the sheer volume of the Chinese vocabulary, it is going to sound daunting. But if you take it step by step and find effective ways to make learning happen, you’ll be growing your vocabulary in no time!
If you are learning Chinese, and have some extra time on your hands staying at home this month, why not take the chance to brush up on your Chinese vocabulary? It’s a wonder what a few weeks of dedication can do – so don’t miss out on this opportunity! Here are some tips you can use to get started:
Reading is not enough – reading aloud helps your brain process the words visually, aurally, and through muscle memory. If you are unsure about the pronunciation, you can consult e-dictionaries for a guide, then try to reproduce the sound yourself.
For beginners trying to learn Chinese, begin with simple children’s story books. After all, they were made for beginners! Only after you become familiar with all the basic words, can you progress to more advanced materials like novels and newspapers.
Consume Chinese language media
Learning a new language is always a great excuse to immerse yourself in different entertainment media. Movies, songs, and podcasts are enjoyable ways to pass time, pick up new knowledge, and learn new words in the language.
Listening to how other people speak the language will also get you used to the pronunciation and accents, which will help you in your pronunciation and listening comprehension. Not only does consuming Chinese language media help you absorb new words, but it also opens your eyes to the Chinese culture and trends.
This idea isn’t new at all, but flashcards have been proven to be a great way to visually familiarise oneself with words. You can display a new set of flashcards every week at a visible spot in your home, and make it your goal to memorise those words each week. Seeing them every time you walk past or sit at your table is a sure way they’ll be ingrained in your mind!
If you have the help of someone at home, you can also get them to test you using these flashcards. For example, by seeing the word, you should be able to read it out and explain the meaning of the word. Another way to do it is to have pictures printed on the cards, and to be able to call out the correct Chinese word for the picture.
Through these 3 simple methods, you can slowly but surely grow your Chinese vocabulary. They also offer you a lot of chance to have fun while learning, so you can make the most of them and enjoy the process! If you’re looking for more ways to learn Chinese in Singapore, you could also consider signing up for a Mandarin course. We look forward to seeing you in our classes at the soonest possible time!