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2020-11-04 00:00:25

Main tips that will help learn Chinese for beginners

Main tips that will help learn Chinese for beginners

Today, many people strive to learn Chinese, which opens up wide perspectives in the business world. The number of specialized courses increases every day, and those who do not want to take lessons with a teacher on a tight schedule can master the language "from scratch" on their own. The question arises: how to learn Chinese and where to start? Let's try to figure it out.

Learn the words ...

Learning Chinese should start with the simple words needed to communicate: hello, yes, no, goodbye, afternoon, morning, evening, etc.

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After learning the words, tackle sentences and common expressions. With their help, you can maintain a conversation and train your speech. The following expressions are required for study: "How are you?", "Thank you", "Please", "Sorry".

Study the tones and work on them

The meanings of words in Chinese can vary depending on the tone. Along with neutral, there are four tones: high and even, short and fast ascending, descending-ascending, short and rapidly descending. It's better to master this phonetics with a teacher, and with a native speaker. When in doubt about dialects (and there are many of them in Chinese), choose Mandarin - it is the most common, you will not go wrong.

Work on your pronunciation more!

Learn to use tones in words. Videos on Youtube can help you with this. When learning a new word, be sure to memorize the tone, because it can have different meanings.

Work on your grammar

There are many grammar rules in Chinese. However, in many respects it is a clear and simple language that lacks cases, declensions, verb tense and plurals.

Learn to read and write Chinese

You should study the system of recording Chinese sounds using Latin letters, which will allow you to spend less time studying Chinese characters. This method will help you learn to read and write in Chinese without resorting to hieroglyphs. Some hieroglyphs still need to be learned, which is a rather difficult task. This will teach you how to write. Write hieroglyphs daily, find a friend who is a native speaker, and correspond with him daily. Ask him to correct mistakes in your messages and send them back to you.

It will take at least 20 minutes a day to master reading skills. A great option would be children's books or textbooks published in pinyin . Read everything you come across in Chinese, from labels to restaurant signs. The main thing is to practice as much as possible!

Immerse yourself in the language environment

The best way to learn Chinese is to immerse yourself in the language environment. Communication with the Chinese through video messengers will help to quickly improve the skills.

Listen to audio content in Chinese

Your main task is to listen to Chinese speech more often, listen and memorize words and phrases important for communication, even while on the road, doing sports or cleaning the house.

Watch movies in Chinese

This method will also allow you to immerse yourself in the language environment. It can be used to practice tones and pronunciation.

The biggest obstacle to learning Chinese is mistakes. Cast aside all fears and doubts, because they are part of the process, without them it is impossible to move on! Persistence and patience should be shown.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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