Top 10 Chinese language tips

Don't Go To School

John Fotheringham from Language Mastery got in touch with this interesting take on Japanese learning and motivation: “Today's Japanese learner has unprecedented access to high quality teachers and resources, but it is critical to understand that no book, course, or teacher can ever get the language into your head for you. This is not The Matrix, Neo. Languages are acquired, not taught, meaning that fluency rests not on how many hours your butt has been in a classroom, but by how much meaningful exposure and practice you've had. Fortunately, the Internet allows you to find interesting listening and reading input and opportunities to practice speaking and writing output no matter where in the world you live or how little money you have. The limiting factor is no longer access, but motivation.” John's written a guide on how to learn Japanese that is essential reading for anyone learning the language – click here to check it out.

Keep language FORMAL and avoid language of everyday speech.

Don't say: "Cinderella was mellow and good. She never let her stepmother get to her ." Say instead: "Cinderella was mild-mannered and kind. She never let her stepmother affect her high spirits ."

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.

Avoid Kanji

Benny Lewis from fluentin3months.com sent me this contribution: “Controversial as this may be, and as much as others will definitely disagree with me, I highly recommend avoiding learning Kanji for the initial months (not always) if your goals in the language are more spoken based. If you are more focused on reading, ignore this tip, but working through just Kana (and Romaji) means that I have almost the same amount of work I'd have to learn a non-related European language to get to the same spoken level.”

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.

Join Activities Organised By A Japanese Association

Whenever people ask me how to learn Japanese, I always recommend doing this as early as possible. A great idea from learn-japanese-adventure.com. They say: “The association normally holds many activities to help the locals to learn to speak Japanese. These activities include dialogue sessions with native Japanese, speech contests, Japanese language courses and other cultural activities, aiming to foster the relationship with the local people, as well as helping the locals to appreciate the beauty of the language.” A quick Google search revealed well over 7 such groups in New York, for example.

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.

Smart Chinese Pinyin Teacher

Here is a place for profound pinyin practice under professional teachers. If you want to get familiar with Chinese phrases and tones then, Pinyin Practice can offer you that opportunity. Chinese tones can be tricky, especially for native English speakers. But it is an ideal way of improving your listening and speaking skills.

Learn phrases, not words

Fluency is being able to speak without hesitation. If you learn English words one at a time, it will be very hard not to hesitate when constructing sentences. That’s because you’ll have to translate every English sentence in your head from your native language, word by word. There is another way: learning new words as part of a common phrase can ease mental strain when speaking. To take a very basic example, if you are learning the word “tonight,” it would help to try and learn the whole phrase “tonight, I am going to.” This way, when you need to discuss your plans for the evening, your brain has half of the reply pre-prepared — there’s less pausing and thinking involved. Learning lists of phrases in a new language is also known as “sentence mining”. Fans claim that it makes them able to use new vocabulary faster, and memorize its grammar more naturally. Not sure which sentences to start with? Try this free list complete with audio recordings or invest in an ebook like this one.

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.