Chinese Mandarin Learning Tips
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1. do not worry too much about your accent: according to linguistics, they did some research and the data shows at least 80 to 90% of foreign language students are more or less having some accent while speaking or learning another language. So from the data we can see it is very natural for people to have accent, because our mother tongue will affect us a lot, especially when it comes to pronunciation, that’s why you don’t have to be too worried.
2. do not spend too much time to correct your tone: Chinese is a tonal language. Yes there are a lot of people telling you slight changes or differences will be able to affect the word meaning. But you have to know, when native people are listening to songs we all understand what the lyrics mean. However the lyrics never follow the tones, but we can still figure it out what it means. Most importantly, for daily conversations, mostly we speak sentences with other people we do not speak just one character.
3. Pay attention to conversations or dialogues: some people might tell you it is good to read and recite vocabulary. So when you have enough, you will be able to understand what people are talking about. No. Vocabulary is not very easy to remember, because words are pieces.
4. Pay attention to the order of the language: no matter what kind of language from Chinese language family you’re learning, you have to be aware that it is very different from the order of other languages, especially Western languages.