Are you interested in learning Chinese but don’t have the time to do so in Singapore? You’re not alone.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of working adults face the same problem every day. As globalization makes the ability to speak multiple languages incredibly important, more working professionals are looking for ways to improve their resumes, with the majority opting to add one or two more languages to their resume.
In particular, Mandarin Chinese is one of the most common languages professionals are trying to learn today.
Unfortunately, learning a new language is much easier said than done. It takes a lot of time and effort; time that you probably won’t have when you’re working from 9-5.
But, don’t worry. It’s not entirely impossible to try and squeeze in learning Chinese in the middle of your busy day.
Below are a few tips to help you learn Chinese, all the while holding a full-time job.
1. Tackle the language learning process with a positive attitude
This should be your main priority.
Many people start learning a language on the wrong foot, thinking that it’s hard and it’s not easy. However, that’s not a positive way to ago about things. You should know that language-acquisition is a very exciting process and that it shouldn’t stress you out so much.
Once you have a positive mindset towards learning a new language like Chinese, it becomes so much easier to find time to do it in your day-to-day life.
Remember, you’re not taking away something from your life by learning a new language — you’re adding something good to it!
2. Incorporate language learning into your daily routine
Humans are creatures of habit. The more often we do something, the more adept we become at doing it because it becomes a natural part of us.
Language learning should be no different.
Besides enrolling yourself to a Chinese course in Singapore to learn Mandarin, you can also spend at least just five minutes of your time every day doing something that helps you learn the language. This can be anything from listening to Chinese music or media, or listening to Chinese podcasts, or even conversing with a native speaker in Mandarin.
3. Get Creative
You’d be surprised as to how many people around you can speak Mandarin fluently.
You can find people that are also learning Mandarin and sharing tips and tricks. Participating in discussions, especially in Chinese, can also help you learn the language better (don’t be too conscious about making mistakes — it’s all part of the process).
If there is a Chinese restaurant in your area, try to see if you can sit down and order food exclusively by speaking Chinese. If you can, try to see if some of the wait staff can help you.
Even if it’s only five minutes that you invest constantly, a conversation with a native speaker can do wonders for your learning process.
Whether or not you choose to enroll in a Chinese course in Singapore or formal Mandarin classes is completely up to you. You are in control of your time, after all.
These tips are merely here to help you balance language-learning with your professional life without sacrificing your life outside of both.