Chinese is not an easy language to learn in adulthood, but it certainly isn’t impossible. If Mark Zuckerberg (co-founder of Facebook) can do it, so can you. If you want to learn Chinese, we mean, really, really want to learn Chinese, there’s just one way to go about it: Just Do It!
Often, we let negative attitude get better of us and in the end, don’t do one damn thing about what we really wanted to do. So, get up, take the first step and join Mandarin classes Singapore nearby. There’s no substitute for regular classroom training, more so when you are learning a complex language like Chinese. Of course, like Mark Zuckerberg, you can hire a private tutor, but remember that guy is pretty rich and can have almost anything that money can buy.
Apart from joining Chinese classes, remember these tips to quickly learn Chinese in Singapore.
Kill negativity in the bud
Many westerners who start learning Chinese are awed by its four tones—and that’s perfectly normal when your native language is not tonal. However, some go a few steps further. They start thinking that they will not be able to learn Chinese because it has not one, two, but four different tones.
Well, truth be told: tones are not limiting, your attitude is. If you think you cannot, nothing can help you. Fortunately, the opposite is also true. If you think you can, nothing can stop you.
So get over the negative thinking that four tones is a very big deal. Six is a bigger number than four and that’s how many tones Cantonese and Vietnamese have, and everyday foreigners enroll themselves to learn these languages.
Create a language group
Feel uncomfortable in speaking Chinese when with natives? Well, that’s ok, at least for the time being. However, you’ve got to speak Chinese more. Have a language partner or, better, join a language group comprising of foreigners like you who are working hard to learn Chinese.
When you speak Chinese with other foreigners, you wouldn’t feel uncomfortable or embarrassed at your mistakes. However, you can’t be with others all the time. Therefore, practice speaking Chinese even when you’re alone. For instance, if you are watching the news, voice your opinions aloud in Chinese. Similarly, while doing house chores, narrate what you are doing in Chinese.
Create a Chinese vocabulary tree
Improving your Chinese vocabulary will improve your fluency and make you a better speaker. You can make use of vocabulary trees to learn new words. Start by picking a topic that really interests you, like sports. Write “Sports” in the center of a big sheet and using relevant words, such as a ball, bat, racket, umpire, and others, create several branches. Add more words under each branch, and if you come across a word that you want to use but have not yet learned, look it up in the dictionary.