It’s Not Too Late To Learn Chinese
If you are middle-aged or north of your thirties, you may think that it is too late in your life to learn a new language. But the truth is, it is not too late, even for a language as difficult as Mandarin. It is never too late until you are dead.
While many believe that it is much easier for children to learn the Chinese language than adults, you must know that it is not impossible for an older person to learn.
Children are able to learn ‘” faster” because they don’t have a lot on their plate. They are spoon-fed and the proficiency demands are much lower initially. They have animations, games, videos and multimedia designed for their individual age groups to make learning “easy” and fun.
On the other hand, adults have a lot to think about. Adults worry about car payments, rent, bills, and the grind of adult life. Then, adults only have one or two hours to spare at the end of the day to dedicate to learning the language whilst being virtually brain dead. So yes, it may be harder, but it is not impossible.
WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE IT EASIER?
The first thing you can do is to understand that it can be challenging especially for native English speakers. This is because, unlike Spanish and French, Chinese bears no similarity to English and uses tones to indicate meaning, and many other intricacies that you will discover as you learn. Once you understand and accept this you are ready to move on to the next step.
The next thing you should do is establish what kind of learner you are. Are you an independent learner? Do you require one-on-one assistance? Are you comfortable in a large classroom setting? Do you like to read? All these questions must be answered in order to find the most effective personal learning strategy.
Now that you know what kind of learner you are you can select the best learning method based on the amount of time you have, resources available and so on.
You can opt to go to Singapore Mandarin lessons or take a mandarin course in Singapore where you can learn the language in a classroom setting. You will be able to interact with people who are more or less at the same proficiency level as you and you can help each other to learn the language faster and easier. You will also have guidance from a competent teacher.
You may also choose to take your classes online at your own pace which may or may not be guided by a teacher. All you will need is a stable internet connection, a smartphone/laptop/tablet and dedication and pretty soon you will go from simple words such as hello or goodbye to phrases and even conversation.
Immersion is another method of learning but if you don’t have the time or money this may be out of reach. However, if you are retired and can afford it, why not? You will learn much more than just the language and you will be fully educated about the Chinese culture.
It is never too late. The longer you wait, the harder it may become. So, stop procrastination and stop telling yourself you can’t.