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4 Tips to improve your Chinese

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I have seen brilliant Chinese speakers, average speakers and non-speakers among my foreign friends here. What I have seen from them is these brilliant speakers enjoy a really wonderful life here. They go deep into the Chinese society, enjoy every advantage they could dream of on this wonderful land of new opportunities. From them and my own struggle with it; I learned a lot of lessons about improving this difficult language. And I am more than happy to share it with you.

 

1.       Attend a formal Chinese class

 

Do not listen to any excuses you mind says when you prepare to sign up with a formal Chinese language course. Perhaps an APP or online course is telling you to skip the class and save time on their free or premium APP or online course. May be you find an amazing guy who tell you that he learned the language himself. DO NOT LISTEN them. Nothing can replace the fundamentals you learn from a formal Chinese class. I live in 21st century, I do online shopping, online learning, online earning, online dating … etc, but I still did not find anything close to the support I got from my theory class at Huajiachi Campus of Zhejiang University when it is about learning the language. An amazing old lady taught us the language on a black board using old style calcium chalk, it was amazing. Nothing can replace traditional teaching when it comes to learning the fundamentals of a language, specially a difficult one.

 

2.       Go out alone

Do not hang around with your own country mates. I have seen a lot of people make this mistake. You mind will always follow the easiest path. If you hang around with your own people, you will master none but your own mother tongue. When you go out alone you will have no other option, you will have to talk. It is like you jump into a swimming pool without a floating aid. You will have to struggle a bit to keep floating. In most of places, it is really safe out there in China. No worries. Go out alone. Talk to people.

 

3.       Radio therapy

No it is not that one which is for cancer cases. This is a new one I invented to improve my listening and speaking ability. Forget about radio on internet, and also the radio on mobile. For radio therapy you need an old style FM radio. It is coming with no distraction. Radio on internet or mobile will distract you, you will check wechat, facebook and other websites, and you will not fully focus on radio. You need full concentration for this. Do this on you bed, go to bed closing you laptop and even mobile (at least switch off internet of mobile), and then listen to a talk show which usually going in night. Talkative girls and boys host these shows, they speak like a waterfall. Keep listing for one hour. This will do an amazing impact for your deeper mind. You will amazed by the result of the radio therapy when you do this for several weeks.

 

4.       Boost your confidence


You will amaze when you realize this to yourself. The self-confidence plays a huge role in speaking this language. Do not start a conversation with a Chinese stranger with a complex sentence. If he/she does not understand what you are telling, he will look into you after that point with clouded mind that you cannot speak properly. You will also lose your confidence. Start with a short and easy dialog. Ni Hao, is a good start. Because, when you say it, they will start receiving the next sentence from you. Always go with several friendly lines before you go into deep details. Do not worry too much, communication among Chinese itself also complex as still a huge fraction of natives speak their dialects. Keep your confidence and go forward. You may be better than some of native Chinese out there on this land.   


Finally it is a bit struggle, however if you manage sky is the limit for you. Good luck.        


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Reply Report Chengking 2016-9-21 14:06
Good advice!
Reply Report Chengking 2016-9-21 14:07
Good advice!
Reply Report sube 2016-9-22 13:35
Chengking: Good advice!
Thank you.
Reply Report voice_cd 2016-9-23 09:38
we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report sube 2016-9-23 09:52
voice_cd: we have highlighted your blog.
Thank you very much.
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-9-23 14:02
number 2 number 2 number 2 number 2 number 2 I cannot stress enough number 2!

Everyone's greatest mistake when studying....
Reply Report sube 2016-9-23 15:07
seanboyce88: number 2 number 2 number 2 number 2 number 2 I cannot stress enough number 2!

Everyone's greatest mistake when studying....
Yes. Unfortunately a lot of people fall into this mistake. Some only hang around with foreigners while some only deal with their own countrymates.
Reply Report 财神 2016-9-24 14:54
5. If you make any Chinese bf/gf you will learn faster than strolling around. You would like to express towards them, and it will improve your speaking habit. how is my idea?  
Reply Report sube 2016-9-25 08:48
财神: 5. If you make any Chinese bf/gf you will learn faster than strolling around. You would like to express towards them, and it will improve your speakin ...
Yes it is one of best ways, anyway it is not for all.
Reply Report sube 2016-9-25 08:49
财神: 5. If you make any Chinese bf/gf you will learn faster than strolling around. You would like to express towards them, and it will improve your speakin ...
i mean everyone cannot follow this rule. imagine if you are already involved with someone.
Reply Report YoungXu99 2016-9-27 12:22
I think Chinese students especially are fond of being a suggestive partner with a foreign Chinese learner, we Chinese are really friendly to you but some of our behaviors are not so appropriate in the international community, but in general, through communication and many language leaners understanding of each other, things will be better
Reply Report sube 2016-9-27 13:18
YoungXu99: I think Chinese students especially are fond of being a suggestive partner with a foreign Chinese learner, we Chinese are really friendly to you but s ...
Yes Agree. Thank you for comments
Reply Report Lily_ly 2016-9-27 17:42
When I read your blog, I think about my own experience of English learning. Even though I have learned English for many years, I still have a lot of prolems. Good luck to you!
Reply Report enlighting 2016-9-27 19:02
I agree with your points, but this is only feasible for those who are living in China :-) or in Chinese speaking communities.
Reply Report sube 2016-9-28 11:51
enlighting: I agree with your points, but this is only feasible for those who are living in China :-) or in Chinese speaking communities.
yes. Usually people learn Chinese in non-speaking countries do not learn speaking very well. Sometime they can read and write. But their spoken chinese is very bad
Reply Report sube 2016-9-28 11:52
Lily_ly: When I read your blog, I think about my own experience of English learning. Even though I have learned English for many years, I still have a lot of p ...
go find some foreign friends to speak
Reply Report enlighting 2016-9-28 13:52
sube: yes. Usually people learn Chinese in non-speaking countries do not learn speaking very well. Sometime they can read and write. But their spoken chines ...
I doubt. There is no such statistics which can confirm your opinion. Many people in the world learn English, they use it well. There English is mixed with lot of local words(regional dialects), but still it is English. So, if a person outside China using Chinese in his own intermediate community and they understand it well, then why to bother about level of speaking? It is not mandatory that every Chinese speaking person has to live in China. Am I right?
Reply Report sube 2016-9-28 15:28
enlighting: I doubt. There is no such statistics which can confirm your opinion. Many people in the world learn English, they use it well. There English is mixed  ...
Opinions do not need to back by statistics or proper researches. That is why those are called opinions.
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-9-29 04:01
I have found any 'formal' Chinese classes or teachers to have a poor understanding of modern learning theories and try to teach Chinese based on the same method used to teach English by Chinese teachers - very poorly.
Reply Report sube 2016-9-29 07:58
BlondeAmber: I have found any 'formal' Chinese classes or teachers to have a poor understanding of modern learning theories and try to teach Chinese based on the s ...
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