While you don’t need to be fluent in Chinese. Speaking Chinese will offer immense benefit over your lifetime. This is even more true for your children.
1. Schedule 15 Minutes Study Time Every Day
Study every day if you can. 15 minutes a day is better than 3 hours on Sunday. Most people need to schedule their study time. 15 minutes over coffee in the morning or instead of watching TV after dinner. You must schedule this time and stick to the schedule.
2. Keep Your Eye on Your Goals
Pay attention to excuses you offer yourself and remind yourself about your goals. The TV show may be fantastic, but you won’t remember the show in 10 years.
What’s really important here? Study 15 minutes a day for 10 years and your Chinese will be amazing!
3. Study Vocabulary and Memorize the Tones
Practice saying the words. Practice the tones. Memorize every useful word you can find. You must memorize and use the tones. Chinese people don’t group words according to how they sound and might understand you based on context, but you need to get enough right or you will be speaking gibberish. It is worth going slowly and getting this right.
4. Memorize Patterns and Practice the Tones (some more!)
Practice shifting from tone to tone as you memorize the patterns. Start with the last word in the sentence. Work your way to the front by adding a word or two for each repitition.
Try writing out the tones and practice flowing from tone to tone. You can even hum the tones when practicing a sentence. Then do the same tones with words.
There is a lot of memorization and practice with the tones. Once you become used to switching from tone to tone in different patterns, you will find mastering the language will come faster.
5. As you move forward, review, review review
When you hit chapter 5, don’t just study chapter 5. Go back and review the vocabulary from chapter 2.
Study the words. Practice the tones and patterns. Think of different situations that you could use these patterns.
Make up a conversation or two for that situation.
We’re happy to review different conversations and help you improve them.