Do you need to go to Republic of China for studying Chinese language? The answer is “NO”.
Because we can study well Chinese language from apps which can give a live online classroom between students and teachers. By studying in chinese from online, parents ‘worry will be decreased for infection of COVID-19 on their children.
Although Chinese language is hard to pick up like as a difficult language. It is easier to start than you think. Students of the language are often able to start speaking basic Chinese in as little as a few weeks of beginning their studies. Don’t be afraid to learn more new skills.
China is the most populous nation in the world, with 1.28 billion people. Learning Chinese gives you a chances to communicate with many people and connects not just in Asia but across the world. So you can get more friends and easily open your business network. Because China is one of the biggest business country.
Learning Chinese uses more part of the brain than are needed for the other languages. As there are numerous differences between learning Chinese and the English language. The difference includes tones and characters. It is believed that learning Chinese takes more brain power!
Whereas English speakers only use the left temporal lobe, speakers of Mandarin use both. Furthermore, learning to write characters can help with motor skills and visual recognition will keep the mind sharp.
So, you can get good brain exercise if you learn Chinese.
Students have the opportunity to spend a summer, semester, or year studying Chinese, taking elective courses in English, and even having an internship in the vibrant city of Shanghai.
International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language. China has become a huge market, and business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context.
Nowadays, the good news is that there are many apps and a billion native speaker worldwide. If you want to learn Chinese, an Online Chinese course is worth considering.
There is the best way for studying Chinese well.
Listening to Mandarin
The first month or maybe two, just focus on listening. Start out by focusing on listening. Just get used to the sounds. You should read whatever you are listening to.
But do so using a phonetic writing system, such as Pinyin, in order to get a better sense of what you are hearing. You must learn the characters eventually but you can leave the characters out at first, and instead, try to get a little momentum in the language.
It’s too difficult to start learning characters when you don’t have any sense of the words, what they sound like, or how they work together. A new language can sound like different noise at the beginning.
The first step is to become accustomed to the individual sounds of the language. And even to have a few words and phrases echoed in your brain.
My first introduction to Mandarin was listening to Chinese Dialogues. Today Pinyin, developed in China, has become the standard form of Mandarin. In Chinese Dialogues, the narrator spoke so fast I thought he was torturing us. But it worked. After a month or so I was used to the speed and had a sense of the language.
As an aside, I think it is a good idea to begin learning a language. Podcasts and audio books are great for this. With a sense of this exciting new language and some aural comprehension, my motivation to learn the characters grew. I wanted to know the characters for the words that I had been listening to and getting used to.
So that is tip number one, to focus on listening and Pinyin for the first month or two.
Giving Time to Memorizing Characters
The study of Chinese is a long term project. It will bring you in touch with the language and the culture of well over 20% of humanity and a major influence on world history. For this reason, I always recommend learning Chinese characters if you are going to learn the language.
Once you decide to study Chinese characters, work at them every day. Learning characters are devoted half an hour to an hour daily. Use whatever method you want, but set aside dedicated character learning time every day.
Why every day? Because you will forget the characters almost as quickly as you learn them, and therefore need to relearn them again and again.
You may want to use Anki or some other modern computer based learning system. I developed my own spaced repetition system. I had a set of 1,000 small cardboard flashcards with the most frequent 1000 characters. I had sheets of squared paper to practice writing these characters. I would pick up one card, and write the character 10 times down one column on the squared paper and then write the meaning or pronunciation a few columns over. Then I would pick up another flashcard and do the same. Soon I ran into the meaning or sound of the previous character that I had written there. I then wrote that character out again a few times, hopefully before I had completely forgotten it. I did this for the first 1000 characters. After that I was able to learn them by reading, discovering new characters, and randomly writing them out by hand a few times.
As we progress, learning new characters becomes easier because so many elements repeat in the characters. The characters all have “radicals”, components which give a hint of the meaning of a character. There are also components of the characters which suggest the sound. These radicals are helpful to acquiring the characters, although not at first. As with so much in language learning, too much explanation upfront is a distraction to acquiring the language. I found that the efforts of teachers to explain these radicals and other components at the early stages of my learning to no avail. I didn’t understand them. Only after enough exposure did I start to notice the components and that sped up my learning of the characters.
Tip number two is to really put a constant and dedicated effort into learning characters.
Read More Than You Can Handle
Read a lot. If I learned faster than my fellow students 50 years ago, it is because I read everything I could get my hands on. I read much more than other students. I am not just talking about special texts for learners, but rather a wide range of material on subjects of interest to me. I was helped by the fact that the Yale-in-China had a great series of readers with glossaries for each chapter. We started with learner material using something called Chinese Dialogues. And then graduated to a graded history text called 20 Lectures on Chinese Culture.
20 Lectures was a fascinating opportunity for me to learn about Chinese history and culture while learning the language. The book consisted only of texts and a glossary, no complicated explanations, no quizzes. When I look at some of the text books available today aimed at intermediate and even advanced learners, they are full of boring content about fictional people in China.
I graduated from 20 Lectures on Chinese Culture to Intermediate Reader in Modern Chinese out of Cornell University. This was a reader with authentic texts from modern Chinese politics and history. Each lesson introduced patterns and kept drills and explanations to a minimum. Or maybe I just ignored them.
Yale had a wide collection of readers on politics, history, and literature, all with word lists for each chapter. This was my learning material. The availability of word list per chapter meant that I didn’t have to consult a Chinese dictionary. Before the advent of Alec Tronic or online dictionaries, it was very time-consuming and painful to consult a Chinese dictionary. Since we forget most of the things we look up in the dictionary, this was a huge waste of time.
I built up my vocabulary using these readers with word lists and finally was able to read a book without vocabulary lists, just ignoring the characters and words that I did not know. After seven or eight months I read my first novel, Rickshaw Boy or 骆驼祥子, which is a famous novel of life written by Lao She.
Tip number three is to read as much as you can. This is much easier to do today. You can find material on the Internet, use online dictionaries and apps like LingQ.
Speak A Lot and Don’t Second Guess Yourself
The individual sounds of Mandarin are not difficult for an English speaker to make. The tones are a different story. You will need to practice a lot, both speaking to yourself and speaking to others. Practice imitating what you are listening to.
Find texts for which you have the audio. Listen to a phrase or sentence, then try to imitate the intonation, without worrying too much about individual sounds. You may even want to record yourself to compare. If you can get “infected” with the rhythm of the language, not only will your control of tones improve, but your choice of words will also become more native like.
When you speak, don’t second guess yourself on tones, or any other aspect of the language. Just let the words and phrases you have heard and practiced flow out, mistakes and all. Every time you use the language you are practicing and getting used to it.
If you enjoy interacting in Chinese, if you enjoy getting in the flow, singing to the rhythm, then your Mandarin will continue to improve.
Don’t worry about mastering pronunciation at the beginning. We cannot pronounce what we don’t hear, nor imitate sounds and intonation that don’t resonate with us.
In order to build up the ability to hear the language and to feel the music of the language. We simply have to listen to hundreds or even thousands of hours and allow the brain to get used to the new language. You can’t rush this process.
Instead you should trust the fact that you will gradually and naturally get better. Therefore, whatever stage you are at in Mandarin, just speak without fear and trust your instincts. If you continue your reading and listening activities, and if you continue speaking, your speaking skills will naturally improve.
According to a detailed analysis, there is ten apps that can studying in Chinese well.
TutorMandarin is an online Chinese language teaching platform and mobile application. It has certified tutors who can teach full spoken courses. And tutors can also give individual topic-based classes through a state of the art virtual classroom.
Each student gets a personalized learning experience. They can get their own custom student resume, individual class notes, and educational badges. Plus, all students get free access to our daily What’s On articles, curated Youtube videos, and Flashcards.
Lingo Bus is an online Chinese learning platform. This app focuses on children’s education ages 5 through 12. We teach live classes over the internet around the world. Children can learn Chinese wherever and whenever. It is convenient for you, and your family.
Located right in the heart of Beijing, Lingo Bus is a team of trustworthy Mandarin Chinese teachers who have very strong academic background in children’s education. Professional, personable and friendly, each of our teachers is dedicated to maximizing your child’s learning, while being fun, and engaging!
Ninchanese first started in October 2013 as a self-funded side project. After more than 1, 000, 000 words have been reviewed and over 100,000 words learned on our platform while in closed beta. The app is now in open beta and accessible to all.
We owe a huge thanks to our learners for joining us on this awesome journey and we hope that you’ll continue to be a part of our story.
With Duolingo you can explore and learn many different languages ranging from Spanish and French to Russian and Chinese. This app is similar to HelloChinese in its structure. As a user you earn points for correct answers as you race against the clock to go up a level. The features are free as long as you have enough diamonds. If not, you may earn these or buy them to continue using the app without a waiting period.
Google / Baidu Translate
These big names are worth a mention but you probably have them on your phone already. Translators don’t just help you get out of tough situations they can be a useful learning tool. You can use these apps to translate a phrase to get the overall sense of what it should look like.
However, be careful of inaccuracies! There’s lots of hilarious pictures online of bad translations, and you don’t want to add to that. If you have WeChat, ‘scan’ translation is now also a feature.
FluentU has a huge collection of real-world Chinese videos, like music videos, commercials, news, talks, etc. It’s up to users to find a video they are interested in, although it’s a good tool for listening it can also help to practice other skills. Each video has transcripts with Characters and pinyin.
This app is all about pronunciation! Unlike other apps it just focuses on tones. My favorite feature is that it will remind you what facial muscles you should be using to achieve that tone. As someone who has learnt a few languages I cannot over emphasize how important this is. Since Chinese is a tonal language ensure you have at least one app that simply focuses on tones.
An app dedicated to connecting language learners worldwide. You can publish comments and native speakers will correct them helping you to improve your Chinese. You can make a new online language partner. This app can be hit or miss as some of the native speakers you connect with who want to learn English may not be as dedicated in their studies as you.
Wechat in itself is not a Chinese language app but it has many useful features. A built in translator and lots of accounts and mini programs you can follow that specialize on Chinese language. The feature to find others around you could also be used to find a pen pal.
I hope this list of Chinese learning apps will be useful. Just don’t go crazy downloading them all, instead find an app that is specific to your needs. Otherwise you will invest a lot of time only to have to start again. Many of the free versions of the apps do not let you skip the levels so it gets boring to have to study the same words over and over.
Based on the bestselling Chinese language book. This free app follows the same structure where the characters are animated and turned into a picture. You can save your favourites for later use. There’s plenty of levels and it keeps a word count of words learnt. I like this app because it makes learning characters’ fun and interactive. Each level builds up on the characters and provides a quiz. Repetition on other levels ensures you remember the characters.
Nowadays, online learning classrooms are very popular and help to save money and time. And also they can help to study safety through catastrophe. So, you can study in Chinese well from website or apps. We must study new skills until we retire.