They say that if you want to learn the Chinese language, you’ll have to be ready to spend a lot of money. But, that’s not entirely true.
Yes, you can spend a lot of money to learn Mandarin and improve your fluency. However, the inverse is also true – you can spend little and still strengthen your Mandarin fluency.
How? Here are three affordable ways to learn the Chinese language or improve your fluency.
1. Go out and meet some native speakers
If you want to learn Mandarin or improve your fluency, one of the best ways to do it is to meet native speakers in your area and make friends with them.
Go out, mingle, and socialize. Most native speakers, especially those who live in foreign countries like Singapore, speak English well enough that they can adjust to your level of understanding when necessary. But, if you tell them that you’re trying to learn Mandarin, they’d be more than happy to help you out occasionally.
And, if they can’t speak English well, you can use that to your advantage.
By offering a trade of sorts, where you teach them English, and they teach you Mandarin, you create a win-win situation for the two of you.
2. Take a Chinese course
If you’re starting from zero, take up a Chinese course.
Chinese language courses are the best way to learn the basics and build a solid foundation from which you can expound on once you have more time or resources.
Language courses aren’t always expensive. Unless you go for private tuition, which will cost you a lot, you should be able to find a Chinese language course for an affordable price. You can even do it online these days.
Although, you may want to make sure that you’re getting quality education from an accredited institution first. Otherwise, you’ll be learning the wrong things and wasting even more time as you try to learn the Chinese language all over again.
After you have gained proficiency in the Chinese language, one way to demonstrate it is to take up the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Exam in Singapore. Based in China, the test certificate is recognized internationally for educational institution admissions as well as employment opportunities.
3. Switch your phones and TV to mandarin language
What are the two things that you can switch to another language without spending a lot of money? If you guessed your smartphones and your TV, then you guessed right.
The truth is, we learn better when we have to adapt.
Considering how often we use our phones and TV, it only makes sense to switch its language settings to Mandarin.
The adjustment may be quite tough and will take you a while to get used to it. However, it’s also better that you do this sooner rather than later.
Not to mention, it’s affordable since you probably already have a smartphone and TV anyway.
As you can see, learning Mandarin and improving your fluency doesn’t always have to be expensive. But, how much learning Mandarin costs isn’t what’s important here – it’s your level of commitment.
So long as you’re committed to learning Mandarin, it doesn’t matter what method you use to improve your fluency. Because, if you’re determined to learn, you’ll find ways, both using our tips and outside of any suggestions that you may find anywhere else online.