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LEARN CHINESE IN LESS THAN 6 MONTHS

Popularity 3Viewed 4227 times 2014-3-14 08:55 |Personal category:Chinese language|System category:Life| learn, chinese, less, than, months

I arrived in China in November 2011, six months later I sign up for the hsk 4 and I got it without no worries. Many people asked me then “but how?”
When I arrived in China, all of the Chinese language classes already began and all of them had already did their midterm exam. I was put in an intermediate class when I did not even know how to say or write “hi” in Chinese. Well, the first day I went to class was the first day I have ever slept in the classroom.That class I attended was already in lesson 15 when I did not even begin to  read lesson 1. I could not understand a word of what the teacher was saying and all my classmates were like so talented. Most of them were in China for 2 years or were already a Chinese teacher in their country or studied Chinese before. I was talking to myself “Hey my dear, what did you put yourself into?” So I went back to my room when the class was done and begin to read all the lessons I missed. Here are some tips, to help

1 – FIND A GOOD MENTOR THAT UNDERSTANDS YOU AND HAVE BEEN IN YOUR SHOES BEFORE

Lucky for me, I had this very special person who helped me study the language. We were in the same class and on our way to the dormitory, he said he would help me catch up. He studied Chinese before and knew exactly what I was enduring. He had learned from his past experience what are the main keys to know and shared it with me. From that day on, I had my private mentor. He would listen to me read the book after class, and tell me what is wrong. I would read the books so many times and listen to the audio file we were given to hundred times. That was what I did during the afternoon and night. In the morning I still go to class be laughed at by some students and asked questions by the teachers.

2 – KEEP READING AND WRITING CHINESE CHARACTERS

20 days after my arrival, I almost caught up the course. I kept doing all the homeworks the teachers ask to, I continued to read and write Chinese characters every day. I even started to write few stories to give the teacher to correct and get to improve my writing skills. The laughs began to stop and I even began to understand what the teachers were trying to explain.

3 – FIND A CHINESE FRIEND

Everybody who is learning Chinese is aware of how important practicing your listening is. It is one thing to know vocabulary but to use them in the appropriate circumstances is totally another one. So to improve my Chinese speaking and listening proficiency, what we have in class is not enough. Sometimes I even wander in the building where there are many Chinese and would study next to them. Then, they will certainly ask you where you from are, and the discussion begins. NEVER TALK TO THEM IN ENGLISH because once you begin to talk in English you are lost!

4 – NEVER QUIT A CHALLENGE

In November 2011, I was not the only student that came late. They were about 50 of us. Only two of us decided to immediately continue study Chinese. The others, after going to class, threw their gloves away and asked to study for the next semester. By the time I got my hsk4 certificates, they were still at the level I began with. It is true that a certificate never proves one’s ability but I truly felt happy when I see how much progress I did in that few amount of time.

5 - NEVER  QUIT LEARNING

Even after getting my hsk4, I never stops doing the same exercises I have done before. I kept looking for challenges for myself, I continue to learn new character, I begin to read Chinese books aside of what we had at school.

5 – CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK

Well even if I said hardworking helped me a lot in my studying, I also gave myself time to relax, to rest so that my brain can simulate what I have learnt!

 

Hope this few tips will help you during your stay in China. They worked for me!

 

 

 

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Reply Report voice_cd 2014-3-14 18:01
Thanks for sharing your story here! We have highlighted your story to the homepage.
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-3-14 20:04
Very inspiring. Henhao!
Reply Report objchina 2014-3-21 07:36
all your points are correct

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