Yang Lin
Community Tutor
A piece of advice on how to learn Chinese
I find out a funny thing ,that is ,so many students learn Chinese out of interesting is easily to quit. 
They start with high passion ,but after several classes when they meet difficulty, they are easily to fell tired then they will follow their heart to find other hobbies. As time passes they forget the reason why they want to study Chinese in the first place. 
So my suggestion is if you really want to learn Chinese,it’s better to set a goal. For exam,HSK test is the most popular learners prefer to take  
Why not? Taking test not only can help you get a certification but it will let you gain the necessary knowledge at the same time. 
I am an English learner and I am going take the IELTS test as well!
Jun 27, 2020 11:17 PM
Comments · 6
I think there has to be something more than an exam, studying a language to just take an exam, at least for me, it's not something enjoyable and fulfilling. Instead, I would think about culture, food, places and its people, I think that's something more enjoyable and "tangible" than just an exam, and it can change your life beyond academic grades or just a job (that is important for whoever want to do so) but those are my 2 cents.
June 27, 2020
That’s all right for school and college students but won’t work for adults who, as pointed out, often have other motives. It’s unfortunately true though that it is all too easy to lose motivation when things get difficult. I have revised my goals for learning Chinese to make them more realistic.
Mar 28, 2021 6:37 PM
interesting is the best teacher in the world! This is no doubt !
I also hate high school English!
June 28, 2020
Hello Linda, my name is bayuzen from Indonesia. can you help to learn chinese ? thank you very much
June 28, 2020
At least for me (and the language-learning friends that I have spoken to), scheduling an exam for a language is not motivating at all. For instance, during high school, I took 4 years of French and I had plenty of exams (small quizzes weekly and bigger tests every month or so). The teacher graded us harshly, didn't encourage practical conversations in French, forced us to memorize verb conjugations again and again. I hated it, and for years after that, I thought that I had no natural talent for languages (that my brain wasn't designed for languages).

There are many other reasons why people learn a new language:
<ul><li>Because the language is useful for international commerce and business</li><li>Because they love how warm and friendly their people from that country are</li><li>Because they love the literature / history of that country</li><li>Because they love the way that the language sounds</li><li>Because they love the food from that country</li><li>Because their boyfriend/girlfriend speaks that language and they want to impress their boyfriend/girlfriend's parents</li></ul>
Any of these are stronger reasons than "I am going to schedule an exam to motivate me."

In the case of Chinese, for instance, you can try to show students how widely used Chinese is for business nowadays, how rich the literature / architecture / art of ancient China is, how delicious various types of Chinese food are, etc.

And for me personally, I am learning Italian right now because of how beautiful the language sounds, how friendly / sociable / fun Italians are, how delicious their food is, how warm / mild their climate is, and its deep impact on Western culture
June 28, 2020
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Yang Lin
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese, Korean
Learning Language
English