Jaron Borus
Basic Mandarin Question Will only learning pinyin to start hurt my ability to learn simplified characters in the future? Or should I match both while creating sentences. Any advice? Thanks!
Feb 9, 2016 3:06 AM
Answers · 3
For the first month or so, I'l just stick to pinyin because it is, in my opinion, just too difficult to start with the characters right away. Once you have a very superficial grasp on what's going on, start on the characters (learn the characters for the words you already know. For example 我、你、好、他、她、它、是、不 etc). You do need the characters, they are very important. Learning characters is NOT difficult, contrary to what many people say. Learning characters takes A LOT of time, but there is nothing difficult about it. You get a pen/pencil and a piece of paper, and you copy them out again and again and again. It gets easier the more you know, because you start to become familiar with them and the same shapes reappear again and again. If you just keep doing it, day after day after day, then you will eventually overcome this barrier. The key is doing it every day, that salami slice technique, just keep doing it every day, and have faith in the idea that you will get better at it and it will get much easier (I know how impossible it seems at the beginning, I do). Laurence
February 9, 2016
Pinyin is the basicest thing when you learn Chinese. It's like a,b,c,d...in English. it's a important thing for beginners. Learn pinyin with patience, it won't hurt your abilities. I suggeste you learn pinyin first, and start recognizing characters when you can read their pinyin. About characters, I think they are little difficult part for foreigners. Many beginners can speak out what they want to say in Chinese, but they might can't recognize the characters that they said. Anyway, learning language is for communication, you will find the best way for you!
February 9, 2016
pinyin is for pronunciation, like phonetic symbol. but it can help you in the beginning. then you go on to characters, and words and phrase.
February 13, 2016
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Jaron Borus
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), English, Swedish
Learning Language
Chinese (Cantonese)