Let’s ask the audience. What’s the best way for you to learn Mandarin Chinese? Are you a visual learner? Do you tend to learn better when reading something and repeating? There are many different ways to learn a new language. Find out what works best for you and apply consistency. You’ll be on the road to fluency in no time.
Consistency is Key
Are you new to learning Chinese? Or just moved to China and looking to pick up some day-to-day language? Maybe you’re planning on moving to China and getting a head start. Good for you.
Let’s talk about the best way to learn Chinese. I asked my YouTube Channel subscribers to tell me (and you) their secrets to learning Chinese.
Everyone has a method, a way that works for you. Maybe that’s studying in the morning, using online resources, or studying with a friend.
If you combine consistency with your learning style there really is nothing you can’t learn. Which of these learning styles is your ‘unlock’? Or maybe you overlap in learning styles.
- Visual learner (reading and writing)
- Auditory learner (speaking and listening)
- Kinesthetic learner (tactile learning through physical activities)
Methods from my YouTube Channel Subscribers
I asked my subscribers to share with us not theory, but the best way that they’ve found when learning Chinese. I learned cool new ways to learn just by reading their comments. And, as a beginner, it’s hard to figure out what the best way to learn is.
Zoe Herron says:
“Firstly, an effective and well-made app (I love ChineseSkill, the one with the panda)—but more than anything moving to China (total immersion) and having a strong desire to take in and learn the language have been most effective for me!”
Nosta Core says:
“Books, podcasts and some immersion. Consistency and discipline is a must to achieve proficiency in Chinese!”
Michael Russel says:
“I’ve technically started today if Duolingo counts. It’ll be leisurely. I only know two Chinese people who have a chippy on the corner so I’ve already practiced, what sounds like Xiè xiè nǐ (谢谢你) on them. Which as far as I know is thankyou lol I’m not going to be concentrating on grammar. More sounds and vocabulary. If it’s fun I’ll remember it. If it’s a textbook I’ll be daydreaming.”
“Lots and lots of listening (I listen to podcasts every day at work) I also use different apps, immersion seems to work for me! I’ve tried textbooks, but I think I need to actually be in a classroom environment tbh.. I just love learning Chinese.”
James Cook says:
“I create my own color-coded flashcards that I categorize & review. All the vocab comes mostly from Integrated Chinese (a book I discovered thanks to Kwadwo!) I listen to the book’s audios over & over & I write that in pinyin.”
Tasha Nyambe says:
“Find a new word/sentence. Write it down, find out what it means. Listen to how it’s said, say it aloud. Figure out how I’d use it. Look for real-life situations.”
Thanks to all my subscribers who commented. It’s been amazing to read through all the ways you learn Chinese. And, thanks for being a part of the Elementary Chinese community.
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