Do you want to know my all-time secret tips for learning Chinese?
Talk to locals. Ask questions. Be brave enough to fail. No one is going to laugh at you, sometimes your tones might be off and your ego might deflate slightly, but generally, you’ll encounter upbeat locals who are delighted to help you with your Chinese.
Know a word but not a phrase? Deconstruct it to the simplest form and ask them how they’d say it, like a local. Write it down, or better yet, get them to write it down in pinyin and Chinese characters, and revise later. Repeat the same actions and phrases to memories them, and flashcards. Oh yeah, add them to your flashcard deck to sneak in new useful vocab.
How to ask useful questions
Can you put these bananas in a bag?
néng bǎ xiāng jiāo fàng jìn dàizi lǐ ma
Can you believe it? I was wrong. I asked the question and she corrected me. No shame in that. Just paving your way to Chinese fluency.
Even after 11 years in China, I still make mistakes. And, that is ok. We’re all human. Don’t let it hold you back.
And, if you’re struggling with tones — watch this video.
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