If you are interested in learning Chinese, you may have the question, how to learn Chinese? How to learn Chinese effectively?
Traditionally, the only way people could take live Chinese lessons is by meeting Chinese teachers face to face, either in schools, language learning centers or at a physical location. It usually takes a lot of time and effort to make a trip to the Chinese classes. Some people could not have the access to this kind of Chinese classes. Nowadays, you can learn Chinese in many easier and more convenient ways, such as learning Chinese using Chinese Podcast, and learning Chinese online. You can learn Chinese anywhere in the world and whenever you have time!
Ways to Learn Chinese Speaking and Pronunciation
- Learn pinyin.
To learn and master Chinese pronunciation, you must learn Pinyin. Pinyin is also needed to look up words in dictionaries and for typing in Chinese characters with a Computer.
- Pay attention to the tones.
Since there are limited syllables in Chinese, there are many homonyms, making attention to tones very important. Learning to write the pinyin with correct tones at the same time as you learn the characters will improve your pronunciation and your listening comprehension.
- Read the text aloud.
Speaking and hearing yourself speaking will help reinforce the text in your memory. Exaggerating the tones can help you remember them easier.
- Find a language partner.
This is why we promote family members learning Chinese together.
- Listen to Chinese media.
There is a wide variety of multimedia options that you can use to expose your ears to native Chinese speaking. Use Kids Chinese Podcast lessons. Download as much audio lesson as you can from Kids Chinese Podcast web site or iTunes to your MP3 player and start listening. Listen to Chinese audio lesson as possible as you can. For example, whenever you're in the car, or commuting, or doing other mechanical tasks.
Ways to Learn Chinese Reading and Writing
- Practice writing.
When you learn Chinese Characters, you need to write each Chinese character at least several times to remember them. Use the worksheet of Kids Chinese Podcast to practice your Chinese writing. Quiz yourself periodically to test your memory and to find which characters you need more practice on. As you write, remember to think what the sound and meanings of the character are, and speak it out loudly. Learn the right stroke order initially and write slowly and nicely when you starting out. Look carefully at the printed character each time before you start copying. Actually writing is important to establish a 'motor memory' of each character, which allowing your writing to flow easily once you get started.
- Learn radicals.
Radicals are components of Chinese characters that you will see repeated over and over again. Learning the meaning of radicals will help you to see the connections between similar categories of words. Many characters are comprised of radical-phonetic pairings, where the radical is the "root" that hints at the meaning of the word, while another part of the character hints at the sound of the word. Learning to spot radicals is also useful as they are used when looking up unfamiliar words in Chinese dictionaries.
- Use a dictionary.
A good dictionary is very useful for looking up new words. Oxford Beginner's Chinese DictionaryMultilingual Dictionaries) is a very good choice that provides many example sentences and phrases, which are very helpful when you learn Chinese .
Tips to Learn Chinese
The following are some of the tips for you to learn Chinese and achieve the best Chinese learning results.
- Sign up and become a registered member of Kids Chinese Podcast in order to have access to all audio lessons, lesson transcript, PDF worksheet and online exercises and quiz.
- After Sign up, you will get the access right away to all transcript, PDF worksheet and online exercises and quiz. Have a transcript in front of you when listening to the Chinese lessons. Language Study Research shows that using auditory and visual media at same time can achieve better learning results.
- When children acquire their mother tongue, they understand and speak before they are capable of reading and writing. This is also true when learning a foreign language. In the Level-1 lessons of Kids Chinese Podcast, our goal is to let students have a feeling on Chinese Mandarin’s phonics and Chinese Characters, and build a sense of Chinese language in a short time. The transcript serves a very good study guide as a textbook. Musical tones are perhaps the most difficult thing in Mandarin Chinese, that’s why we use the native-language-acquiring approach, namely, the just listening and then understanding way at Level-1 for beginners. Language Research Study reports that kids under five can speak a language without any accent just like a native speaker.
- The worksheet of each Chinese lesson has a translation exercise for you, so please fill in your answer and then compare your answer to the correct one that the teacher announced at the end of your next lesson.
- Whenever you have a chance, practice what you have learned. That’s why we promote parents, grandparents and kids learn Chinese together. Parents, grandparents and kids are the best study pal, this approach motivates parents and Grandparents to set a good role model on discipline and nurture kids a good study habit, in the same time, parents, grandparents and kids learn, practice speaking Chinese in a really fun and effective way.
- Encourage good study habits by scheduling regular Chinese study time. For example, everyday, after dinner, spend about 20 minutes. Firstly, listen the audio lesson about 10 minutes, then do the worksheet to practice reading and writing for about 5 minutes then spend another 5 minutes, practice speaking. Parents, grandparents and kids can talk using what we have learned in the lesson and use what we have learned in the previous lessons.
- Listen as many times as possible whenever you have a chance. For example when you driving your child to school, doing workout, before bedtime etc.
- Try to imitate after the teacher, even if the sounds seem to be difficult to pronounce.
- Be persistent and never give up! Unlike many Western languages which share some common linguistic roots with English and which can often be learned fairly quickly with a large amount of self-study, acquiring a basic competency in a language as different from English as Chinese requires a high level of commitment and persistence.
- One of the best ways parents can help with your child’s education is to take part yourself. Sign up for the Chinese lessons and learn Chinese together with your child.
If you are interested in learning Chinese, please take a look at the Free Chinese Lessons that are practical and fun.
Sign up now! Learn Chinese with Kids Chinese Podcast, having fun and achieve the best Chinese learning results. You will be amazed how much progress you will make on your Chinese soon!