Learning the Mandarin language can feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle. Its title as one of the most challenging languages to learn is not for show. Not only are their characters elaborate and complex, but the language itself is also tonal. Slip, and your entire sentence possesses an entirely new meaning. Being fluent in speaking does not necessarily translate in writing either.
While this language is not for the faint of heart, it does not render learning the language impossible either. With the resources at hand, a little courage and strong perseverance, you’d be able to conquer the language in no time at all.
One of such resources you may want to consider is blogs. Generally online journals or informational websites, these blogs may give you insights on not only the language itself but also the culture and traditions in China. To further convince you why you should start reading blogs, below are just a few reasons.
1. Relatability and Intimacy
Textbooks most often offer standard case studies and do not reflect the real events or real people. Most conversation examples are rigid and awkward, unsuitable for conversations amongst people. The materials tend not to be updated as well.
In contrast, due to its journaling nature, a lot of blogs are more true to life. They do not have the same rigidity as these textbooks do. You’d pick up a language that you can use in everyday conversations without inciting awkward pauses or laughter. The content also tends to be much more relatable and relevant, so you can keep up with your friends.
2. Expand Your Vocabulary Bank
Since blogs focus on what is relevant to today’s events, their vocabulary and colloquial sayings will be up to date. Use popular words and expressions in your conversations with your friends. While learning the current lingo may seem of minor importance, it truly isn’t! It may help to bring a message across more succinctly or teach you terminology that brings about an awareness of a current issue that may have been hidden all this time.
3. Live Vicariously
Let’s face it. Books can be so dry and have the tendency to be boring. They’re meant to educate, not to entertain. Blogs, however, are different.
Their journal entries are, most often, a write-up about a blogger’s daily event. Similarly to vlogs, the appeal comes from not only witnessing exciting events but also being able to live vicariously through another person. You can enjoy the content and feel the rollercoaster of emotions without having to invest as much time or money.
Reading blogs is a much more engaging approach to learning Mandarin. You may even start your own blog once you are slightly more fluent. You can put what you learn into a form of content for others to see and you might gain feedback or even garner a following.
That being said, reading blogs may not be enough depending on the level that you wish to achieve. Should you desire to use the language in a professional language, it’s best not to rely on blogs lest you speak conversationally in a business setting. If so, it’d be best to enrol in a Mandarin course to ensure you’d be able to get the proper guidance you need.