Chinese language tips

Practice speaking in front of a mirror.

In my last Chinese class, I realized that many silent students were nervous about talking because they thought they looked awkward when they spoke. And it’s true, something happens to my mouth when I speak Chinese – it moves in crazy ways that it doesn’t when I speak English. Sometimes, if I become aware that I’m speaking fluently without a book or script, I start to overthink my words and the movements of my mouth, and I begin to falter. It’s just as important to be physically confident about speaking Chinese as it is to have a strong grasp of the vocabulary, pronunciation, and tones. Speaking in front of a mirror and seeing how your mouth forms Chinese words can help with this. Watch yourself speak, relax your facial muscles, and practice being angry and sad and happy in Chinese. When you realize you don’t look like a fool, fluency will start to come naturally.

Ensure a solid understanding of the 4 Mandarin tones

The 4 tones in Mandarin can be confusing for new learners whose native language is non-tonal. But since the meaning of a Chinese character really changes depending on the tone, spending time to get a solid understanding of the 4 tones, in the beginning, will carry you a long way. Listen to them repeatedly, try to imitate, and distinguish the differences. Things/Goal to keep in mind: There are 20 combinations of the tones. Our tip is to master these different combinations using this tone-pair chart. This tone-pair chart does wonder to train your brain and tongue to become familiar with the tones. Once you have learned the 20 pairs, you can easily pronounce any 2-character Mandarin words.

Improve your spoken English online or using smart tech

In recent years, technology has come a long way and language learning apps such as Mondly make it possible for you to talk to a chatbot that understands voice input and replies with a human voice. Its goal is to provide fun and adaptive lessons that encourage learners like yourself to practice the language they are learning in everyday scenarios, such as ordering in a restaurant or making a reservation. This all sounds like an SF scenario, but chatbots can already recognize millions of inputs. Suddenly, Spike Jonze’s masterpiece – “Her” – isn’t as unlikely as you thought, isn’t it?

Practice accent with tongue twisters and songs

I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee, I’m going to Louisiana, my true love for to see. It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was dry The sun so hot I froze to death, Susanna, don’t you cry.Oh! Susanna, Oh don’t you cry for me, For I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee.

Oh! How I liked singing this piece when I started studying English. Loved it! Start with nursery songs, continue with tongue twisters and finish your training with Eminem songs. When you’ll manage to master Eminem, your spoken English will be flawless.

Domino Chinese

Learn Chinese online from Domino Chinese app in an entertaining way at an affordable price, and it becomes easier for you to stay motivated throughout the Chinese lessons. There are series of lessons to build up a proper understanding of the language, and also have reasonable Chinese grammar.

Ninchanese

It is another platform for learning Chinese and has over 3,500 lessons with different Chinese skills for both beginners and advanced learners of Mandarin Chinese.

LingoDeer

The resource has both mobile and web app for different users. Lingodeer uses different lesson delivery patterns found in apps like Babbel. The good thing about lessons here is that they are smaller for fast comprehension to keep learning Chinese interesting, and for easy assimilation.

Hacking Chinese

You can find a lot of Chinese characters on Hacking Chinese at a constant practice. It has arguably the best way to learn the skills required for conversations in Chinese.d it allows you to become familiar with the characters within a short time.

HelloChinese

It is one of the recognized or leading online platforms to learn Chinese. It has both web and mobile app for different users, and the speech recognition software on the app is similar to the one in Duolingo in terms of lesson delivery style.

GoEast Mandarin

You are sure of having the tone of someone from Shanghai using this website as a way to learn Chinese. It has both self-study lessons and private lessons too. It has one of the best Mandarin teachers with lots of teaching experience to help you learn fast through their solid content.