Easy ways of making learning Chinese fun
People have realized that the future lays in preparing for the future. And since many things in the world are from and made in China, it is a logical step for people to want to learn the Mandarin Chinese language. Learning Mandarin and moving to China is a great step to take for a brighter future. But as you start learning Chinese you will see that is not that easy, especially because is so different from English.
No language is easy to learn, so you don’t have to be afraid. Westerners find it a little bit more difficult because it’s a tonal language and it is a language without an alphabet, but with characters. Do not fear Chinese and believe in yourself and your powers.
The best way of learning Chinese is with the help of a native. In addition, using the language every day will help you a lot in the learning process. But if you study 2 hours a week, and then you break all contact with Chinese until the next week, it will be next to impossible to learn it. In this article, you will discover some ways of making learning Chinese easy and fun.
1. Find a good learning medium
Almost nobody will learn a new language only from a textbook. If you’ve succeeded, good for you. But if you want the process to go faster and more natural, you should use a site like ChinesePod. This website offers you more than 3500 Mandarin Chinese lessons from which you will learn and improve your Chinese. Today, they have more than 800.000 registered users who have successfully used their system to learn Mandarin. You can listen to their podcasts before you go to bed, while on the bus or metro, or even when you are working out. The good thing about their learning system is that the content is efficiently divided by fluency level. This makes it easy for anyone to learn Mandarin.
2. Chinese word of the day
This is an easy service that gives you a new experience every day. This service sends you via email a new Chinese word every day, a sample sentence, along with the recording of a native speaker correctly pronouncing the word.
3. Netflix and Chinese
When you’ve finished watching your favorite TV-Series, you can consult the list of movies and shows you can watch on Netflix that help you improve and master Mandarin.
Movies are an excellent way of learning a new language. In addition to this, movies offer you the unique opportunity of learning the culture along with the language, so it’s a win-win.
Additionally, if you want to improve and exercise your Mandarin Chinese you can:
- Keep a journal while on vacation
- Watch movies dubbed in Mandarin
- Free printables and activities from Ni Hao, Kai-Lan
- Interview a family member and write a script for a newscast
- Use a photograph to elicit conversations
- Develop a poster to teach others the colors
- Create a brochure for a zoo
- Describe what others are wearing
- Explore a new Chinese idiom each month
- Learn Mandarin through Yoga
- Create and write a menu for a traditional Chinese meal
- Download a Better Chinese game app
- Sign a song in Chinese
- Use children’s books to build vocabulary
- View a short cartoon and recount the story
- Read a favorite children’s book in Mandarin to a friend
- Learn the lyrics of a favorite song!
- Write your own picture book in Mandarin
- Watch the animated films of Miyazaki – the documentary in Mandarin Chinese
- Print out a Hanzi Grid and practice writing Chinese characters
- Explore BBC Primary Languages website for online games, stories, and lessons
- Learn the Sid Shuffle – Dance and Rap with Sid from Ice Age
You can also start to read children’s books in Chinese. You can read books such as:
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williams
- The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
- The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
- The Seven Chinese Sisters by Kathy Tucker
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Now all you have to do is to find your motivation and start having fun while learning Mandarin Chinese.
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