Best way to learn Chinese?

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Best way to learn Chinese?

Postby mysngoeshere56 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:03 pm

Hey everybody!

So, I've been able to speak some Japanese and Chinese for quite some time now. But, I would like to brush up on my Chinese some more... And the family members that speak it are typically not easy for me to get a hold of (not to mention, live pretty far from where I am).

So, I was wondering if anybody knew of some good (preferably free) ways to teach myself Chinese?

(I would say Japanese too, but since somebody else posted a thread about it, I might as well just follow up on that one instead of post another! XD)
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Postby shooraijin » Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:28 am

It's easy to self-teach reading Chinese characters (well, not easy, but simpler), but for verbal education there's no substitute for immersion.

My cousin is an "English teacher" (cough cough) at a small town in Red China. He's as white as I am, while his wife is second generation Chinese-American, but he speaks better Mandarin because of his training. However, her Mandarin dramatically improved when they moved because it had to. Their children are of course totally bilingual.
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Postby mysngoeshere56 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:02 am

Yes, I would imagine as much. I'm pretty good with picking up on languages I read, though... Would anybody know of some good ways for me to hear the language until I'm able to find somebody to immerse with (so I know I'm pronouncing things correctly)?

And thanks for the tip. I'll probably want to find some Chinese people in this area that speak it...
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Postby Hiryu » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:36 pm

The internet i'm sure has a few free options that you can find. would probably help.
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Postby Furen » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:24 pm

Play on Google Translate for hours upon hours

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Postby Sammy Boy » Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:54 pm

Another way that may be helpful is to rent or borrow TV series produced in either Taiwan or China (preferrably with English subtitles).

Keep in mind that there are some cultural-linguistic differences in the way some phrases are pronounced / used between the two places.

Although it may not help you speak it much better, it would help with your listening skills quite a bit, and from there you can practice saying the phrases like the actors / actresses.
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Re:Best way to learn Chinese?

Postby Darreny » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:35 pm

Chinese is difficult to learn for foreigners. You are brave enough to make the decision to learn it. As a native Chinese teacher, I would like to share some fun ways available to make Chinese learning easier for you.

1. Audio-based Chinese learning courses. It will help you to become more sensitive to the different tones and pitches that are used in the Chinese language.
2. Make friends with some native non-English speaking Chinese. You can interact with them, giving you an idea of how conversational Chinese goes.
3. Learn new words with newspapers, magazines and books.

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