10 quick ways to learn Chinese fast
Learning Chinese is not as daunting as one can possibly imagine. The grammatical structure is easy. Of course the two main obstacles are the tones which can prove to hear, let alone reproduce and, of course, the learning of the characters. There is indeed, no alphabet but you will see that after learning a few characters, a logic will emerge and stems, radicals and concepts will help you remember characters in a fun and sustainable way.
1. Rejoice, Chinese is not as difficult!
Great news! There is no single conjugation pattern to learn. All verbs are expressed in the same manner. The future and the past are expressed simply by adding adverbs or adverbial phrases such as ‘tomorrow’ (明天－míngtiān), ‘last year’（去年-qùnián）, ‘yesterday’（昨天-zuótiān）
2. But let’s be realistic
It is believed that in order to read the newspapers, one must learn 3000 characters. There are some irregularities, one single character can be pronounced differently, have several meanings and depending if you are from the North or the South, things are expressed differently. This are quite common variations that actually exists in all languages.
3. One word a day keeps the boredom away
Learning a language demands discipline. Rest assured, nothing too time-consuming but a 10-20 minutes session everyday will truly help you memorise the characters, as they have to be saved in your long-term memory.
4. Use your imagination
Once you have acquired some basic characters, use your imagination and learn how stems and radicals do offer some great combinations in order to produce meaning. Chinese is a real language.
5. Use Pleco!
There are some brilliants apps on the market. Pleco (https://www.pleco.com/) is one of them. It contains an impressive range of entries English-Chinese and vice versa. It offers you the ability to test yourself and see statistics of your progression!
6. Create colourful memories Chineasy (http://chineasy.org/)
If you are a visual person, attracted to beautiful things, this method will be your heaven. Combining characters with simple illustration Shaolan – at the root of this social teaching initiative – has managed to create simple Chinese flashcards that will stick in your mind forever.
7. Feed your Facebook wall
- All About Chinese (https://www.facebook.com/allaboutchinese). For your daily fix of cheesy Chinese quotes, this is just a perfect stream of updates
- Chineasy. (https://www.facebook.com/ShaoLanChineasy) Of course and such a colourful Facebook wall! ;)
- Chinese HSK apps (https://www.facebook.com/ChineseHSKapps). A great way to learn grammar and
8. And on Twitter
9. Watch Chinese movies
Time Out just realeased an impressive list of the 100 best mainland China film to watch! Watching movies is a great way to get accustomed to the language, hear patterns and even
10. Keep faith
Learning Chinese is probably the most rewarding thing ever. You will have access to a complete whole new world of opportunities and it is incredible how helpful this language will prove to you in the long-run. The more you learn, the more friends you will be able to make. This will allow you to create a long-term, sustainable, virtuous learning circle.
Good luck !