From business people to employees and stay-at-home parents, hundreds of thousands of adults face the same problem of finding the time to learn Chinese every day. The growing popularity of the Chinese language doesn’t help either, as the pressure mounts on most adults today on having to learn a new language to make their resume better, to expand their business, or to help their children do better academically.
In an ideal world, we’d all have time to learn any language that we want. But we don’t live in such a world. We have responsibilities to juggle, and finding the time, even for just a few minutes, to spend learning a new language is difficult, if not impossible.
The good news is that there is a way.
While it can be challenging to squeeze in learning business Chinese, or even just traditional Chinese, there are ways to do it.
Below are 3 tips that can help you learn the business Chinese language with a tight schedule.
1. Add learning Chinese to your daily routine
We humans are creatures of habit. The more something becomes routine, the better we become at it.
Spending even just five minutes a day, every day, learning Chinese can do wonders for the language learning process. If you do this, in addition to immersing yourself in the language by switching your phone’s language settings to Chinese, or watching shows dubbed in Chinese (with subtitles, of course), and enrolling into a Chinese language course, you’ll have a better shot at learning Chinese than if you didn’t.
The best part? You can do all of these without significantly changing your daily routine.
2. Immerse yourself in Chinese
In addition to watching your favourite shows in Chinese, or switching your phone’s language to Chinese, you can get creative and try to immerse yourself in the Chinese culture, even without going to China.
You can try going for a Chinese tour, or maybe even going to a Chinese restaurant. The latter is great, because you can try to order in Chinese, and they will be able to understand you. Not to mention, the staff might even be receptive to you or appreciate your efforts. They might also give you tips on how to learn the language faster, or even offer to do private lessons with you.
What’s important is that you find ways to converse with a native Chinese speaker, even if only for a few minutes, every day.
By talking to a native Chinese speaker, you’ll be able to pick up on the nuances of the language quicker, and you’ll subconsciously start adjusting yourself to speaking more like a native Chinese speaker and less like a foreigner.
3. Use children’ apps
There are countless apps for iOS and Android devices available that are made to make it easier to teach kids Chinese.
What you don’t know is that adults can also use these apps.
Remember, when learning a new language, you’re not that different from children. Yes, you may have picked up on a couple of strategies to make learning a new language growing up, and you might be a bit slower compared to children, but, in general, you’re just as much of a blank slate when it comes to learning Chinese as children.
By using kids’ apps, you’ll be able to learn even business Chinese right from the ground up.
Business Chinese isn’t easy to learn. It is much more difficult if you have little to no time to spare. But, if you use these tips, enroll in a business Chinese class, as well as put in the extra work, you’ll be able to learn Chinese and become fluent in it in no time.