Learning Chinese can make for a somewhat intimidating experience. Even if you take a business Chinese class, there’s no guarantee that you’d be able to register the language, let alone be fluent enough. But, letting yourself be held back by the fear of challenge is even worse; you definitely won’t learn Chinese if you’re too afraid to try in the first place.
The fact that you’re taking a business Chinese class, or even considering it, and reading this article is already a good sign.
To help you in your Chinese language learning process, we’ve rounded up 4 things that you should consider first to help you set a clear and achievable language learning goal, which can go a long way in helping you learn the language.
1. How much time do you have to dedicate to learning Chinese?
Time is of the essence.
Learning any new language takes a lot of time. Chinese, in particular, is difficult for most people because it shares very little with traditional Western languages. Three months of part-time learning, which is what most people can only dedicate, isn’t nearly enough to learn Chinese. But, if you choose to learn Chinese full-time, or decide to immerse yourself in the language fully, three months may be long enough to develop a basic understanding of the language.
Regardless of how much time you have to dedicate, make sure that you know just how much time you have. This way, you’ll have a better idea of what kind of methods would go well with your availability and thus, are better able to plan out your language learning process.
2. What is your purpose for learning Chinese?
Not all who enroll in a business Chinese class want to learn Chinese for business. Some do it out of leisure. Some also do it for travel.
Either way, it’s crucial that you know your purpose for learning Chinese.
Remember, the more significant your purpose, the more motivated you will be to learn the foreign language.
3. Are you open to going abroad to learning Chinese?
Cultural immersion and in-country language learning provide a more direct route for learning Chinese than taking any language class. But, of course, not everyone can fly off to China to leave their lives behind just to learn the language.
Another alternative to flying abroad is to frequent the Chinese communities in your city. As these communities will most likely use Chinese as one of the languages to speak in, you can absorb the language via immersion and environmental learning. These communities are also direct access to the culture and tradition; you would thus gain more than just another mode of expression.
4. Do you want to learn Chinese in a private or public setting?
There are many reasons why you should take a business Chinese course.
For one, they are similar in structure to traditional classes. This means that you won’t have a hard time adjusting to them. Also, being surrounded by like-minded individuals creates an immersive and collaborative environment that could help speed up the language learning process.
If, however, you feel like you’d benefit better from a one-on-one setting, private lessons are also available.
Outlining these factors could mean the difference between spending months trying to learn Chinese and coming up with nothing and being fluent enough to do business with Chinese people in business, even in China.