Are you tired of not being able to hold a basic conversation with a Chinese speaker while travelling, living or working in Chinese speaking cities? Have you resorted to using the only Chinese phrase you know in reply to everything?
You are not alone! Many foreigners live in China, Singapore and Taiwan without knowing any Chinese phrases and don’t even make any effort to learn.
You’ve taken the first step when you clicked on this article title. Now for the rest! Here are some tips when you are tired of replying with “Wǒ bù zhī dào” or “Tīng bù dǒng”!
When you’re used to not understanding what’s going on around you, you need to find motivation in the importance of learning Chinese.
Write down a list of reasons or goals. It could be something like:
- To be able to order my own food in restaurants
- To tell the taxi driver where I want to go
- To meet more locals
- To be able to communicate with my tutor from the Mandarin course in Singapore
- To be able to sort out any logistical problems I may have
It’s a great idea to find friends who can speak Chinese and let them motivate and inspire you to be better.
Keep these goals in mind when you feel like quitting. Just know that the reward will be great after all the effort!
Take action and just do it!
It’s as simple as that! Just do it! Make time each day to practice your speaking and writing, you can work out a study schedule that suits you. Stick to your schedule.
Find a good environment to study in
When you are living in a Chinese speaking Country, like Singapore, you can approach other expats who are studying Mandarin.
Check out the Universities or Colleges that offer Mandarin courses in Singapore and apply. Make sure you like the environment and the classrooms, no use in dreading a place you have to study in.
Ask friends to give you their opinions on Mandarin courses in different Singapore Universities and tag along to experience it for yourself.
Don’t enrol in higher level Mandarin courses start at the beginning with the beginners. Sometimes, it’s better to take things slow so you can get used to the basics before deciding how far you want to advance.
Find a tutor/study group
There are many full-time and part-time students studying Mandarin courses in Singapore, China and Taiwan.
Find these groups and create study times where you can practice speaking and talk about the Chinese language.
Use it in real life
Even if your first conversations are slower than you’d hope for it to be, practice speaking Chinese in your day to day life.
A puzzled look on your face could indicate to the speaker that you want them to repeat a sentence. Let them do that and listen carefully before replying.
We hope that you’ll follow these easy steps to be much more comfortable in speaking the Chinese language without the constant “Wǒ bù zhī dào”-ing.