October 6, 2018 at 1:09 am #6623James no BondModerator
1) Learn to Listen
Bernard M. Baruch, a successful American businessman from the early 20th century, said, “Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” To learn a language faster, get as much listening input as you can from podcasts, radio, and videos. I find that eavesdropping on the people around me (e.g. At a restaurant or supermarket) is particularly useful because they will often be talking about everyday things and using immediately useful vocabulary. You can use WeChat to hold verbal conversations with Chinese friends. This is great because you can replay the audio as many times as you like and then record your responses. This repetition will help you master the language.
2) Practice Pronunciation
To get your pronunciation perfect, try flipping through Chinese flashcards sets on Quizlet. You can click to hear the words read out loud and mimic what you hear multiple times until it sounds right. You can also record your own voice and compare it to the audio with the correct pronunciation.
Also, whenever you learn a new word, write a little note to yourself on how you would read it phonetically. Eg. Miàntiáo (noodles) could be written as ‘myen tyow’ until you’re used to the proper pinyin. (Editor`s note: well, we still suggest that try to learn from standard pronunciation.)
3) Develop Vocabulary
Keep a little notebook for writing down new words that you encounter. I have found out that if someone tells me a new word but I don’t actually see it in written form, I’m not going to remember it. Seeing the word as well as hearing it locks it into your memory more effectively.
From your notebook, make flashcards of those words to test yourself and refresh your memory. Personally, I find paper flashcards great because of the kinesthetic experience of feeling the cards, flipping them over, and shuffling them. By the end of my degree, I had a collection of over 3,000 cards! However, if you prefer a digital version, there are many options out there (including Quizlet). Flashionary is another great app; it primarily works as a Chinese dictionary, but when you look a word up there is a ‘+’ button that allows you to add the word to your digital deck(s) of flashcards.
I like to provide my students with options (Quizlet, Sugarcane, GoVocab, paper flashcards) so that they can find what best works for them.
by Shehroz Khan from Learn Chinese Group
October 6, 2018 at 1:16 am #6632James no BondModerator
The best way to learn how to swim is to jump into the water. The same goes for learning a language. By far, the best thing that you can do for your language learning is to spend time in a country, community, or club where people use the language and you are forced to speak it. It can be as simple as going to your local Chinese supermarket and asking where a certain item is, how much something costs, what brands are good, etc. By immersing yourself, you will absorb knowledge faster.
January 3, 2019 at 9:23 am #7218Helen SmithParticipant
This post is very interesting. These all are the good tips. These are easy and helpful for the learning process. This post highlights the essential criteria for a language learning process. Listening is very important. If we listen to the correct word then we will be able to pronounce it correctly. For any language, its grammar and vocabulary are very much important. We should learn the basic rules of grammar before writing and speaking. We can learn grammar rules by reading books and novels. This post will be helpful for beginners to learn any language. Some languages are difficult and some are not. I just went through a website which is very helpful for learning any language. This is https://nativemonks.com/. This website helped me a lot.
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