How do I speak Chinese fluently

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Do you want to learn as Chinese? You have probably heard that the Chinese language is extremely difficult and that it would take you years to master it. I'll show you that you can learn Chinese without despair. I'll share four tips with you and in the second part I'll show you how you can get the most out of your learning efforts within three months.

Need to learn Chinese as soon as possible? Or maybe you just don't have the patience to invest years in language learning? But how much Chinese can you really learn in a short time?

With a lot of work and the right attitude towards learning, you can make tremendous progress and learn Chinese. Three months are sufficient for this. For example, it's definitely possible to have a conversation in Chinese after three months if that's your skin goal. Even if you are at the very beginning, this goal is achievable.

But if you want to be fluent in Chinese, or maybe write a novel in Chinese, then you should expect years of hard work. However, that does not mean that a three-month curriculum and an intensive program are not worthwhile.

If you're a beginner, it's a great way to start learning Chinese. If you are already advanced, the next three months will give you the nudge you need in the right direction. The influence of these three months on your knowledge of Chinese will show for many years to come!

But how exactly do you learn Chinese most effectively now?

Below is a Chinese curriculum that will get the most out of your efforts over the next three months. I am assuming that you are an absolute beginner in Chinese. But even if you already have some knowledge, the following strategies will take your Chinese skills to the next level.

How do you get the most out of three months?

Before we go into the details of your three-month Chinese curriculum, let me introduce you to a few basic study tips:

# 1 Immerse yourself in the Chinese language

When you start learning Chinese, you should aim to completely immerse yourself in the language and culture. Only try to communicate in Chinese if you can. Watch Chinese movies and TV series, listen to Chinese music and read all about the country's culture.

If you are completely exposed to the Chinese language, you have no choice but to learn. Everything you record should have something to do with Chinese. You will quickly see what an enormous impact that brings with it.

# 2 Speak Chinese

Speak Chinese at every opportunity! Even if you make mistakes, you should always apply your knowledge of Chinese at every opportunity that presents itself. Either when you talk to other learners, when you are out and about in China, when you go to a Chinese restaurant or when you talk to a native speaker online.

  • Speaking Chinese will help you understand difficult words better
  • Speaking will help you find your weak points

This also means that you shouldn't waste your time on Chinese vocabulary and phrases that you already know. Try to use words that you are having trouble with. This way you will expand your vocabulary and the Chinese language will become a breeze for you.

# 3 Focus on your mistakes

Of course, it's not enough for you to make mistakes while speaking. You also need someone to correct you. It is best if you are improved by a Chinese teacher or a native speaker. If you are looking for a teacher then you should try Italki, because there you will find tons of native Chinese speakers who will help you. This way you will find the perfect teacher for you.

# 4 Attitude and motivation

This step is the most important and at the same time the basis for everything else. The aforementioned steps are only feasible if you master the fourth step. You need discipline and focus to achieve your goal. To get the right attitude, you should consider the following tips:

  • How is progress measured? Perfection is not good! See mistakes as progress and success. If you stop making mistakes, you won't see any progress in language learning either.
  • Understand that mistakes are normal. You are at the beginning of a long journey and it is normal. that you make mistakes while learning Chinese.
  • Speaking Chinese fluently is only a matter of time. Find and fix all of your mistakes and you will see your Chinese get better day by day.

The Chinese learning strategies

When creating your personal Chinese learning plan, you should make sure that you incorporate all of the four pillars of foreign language learning presented here.

# 1 Memorize Chinese characters

Learning the Chinese characters is the foundation for being able to learn Chinese. At the same time, this step is not the easiest of foreign language learning. Here is a strategy that will help you learn as many Chinese characters as you can in three months.

Start by learning the 214 KANGXI RADICALS. These are the building blocks of the Chinese characters. It's not the same as learning the alphabet, but it's relatively similar. Once you've learned the 214 RADICALS, learning the Chinese characters will be a lot easier for you.

As you study the RADICALS, you should begin by learning the 1000 most common Chinese characters. If you can master these characters, you will be able to understand 90% of the Chinese language. And if you learn 11 characters a day, you will have learned 1,000 in three months. I recommend SKRITTERS to learn the Chinese characters. This tool is certainly the best to make your learning process even more effective. Alternatively, you can also use Memrise!

# 2 Read Chinese strategically

Learning only Chinese characters will not enable you to read Chinese. However, with such a short time available, you don't want to open any old Chinese book and try to read it.

Instead, you should make a book that you have already read in German and that has been translated into Chinese. This will help you learn new vocabulary without losing track of history.

How about Harry Potter, for example? Any other book works just as well, of course!

# 3 Get a Chinese teacher and work on speaking and intonation

The fastest way to improve your intonation and language skills is with a private tutor. This way you will get personal help and a Chinese teacher will immediately recognize which mistakes you are making and will improve you.

It is far more effective than trying to imitate the Chinese accent or being part of a large study group.

However, a private tutor is not exactly cheap and therefore a platform like Italki may be worthwhile for you. There you will find native Chinese speakers who can speak Chinese with you and correct you. Work on the intonation with the other person and speak as much as you can. In the best case, your interlocutor is a trained teacher and is able to address your weaknesses perfectly.

# 4 Writing by hand in Chinese

Another part of your Chinese curriculum is writing Chinese. And by hand. I know that you will spend most of your time writing Chinese on your smartphone or computer. But if you do it by hand, you can build a strong foundation and deepen your understanding of the Chinese characters.

It's also a great way to work on your grammar. The written form is the easiest to spot grammatical errors and you will learn how to form Chinese sentences. Of course, you will not always recognize grammatical errors and therefore it makes sense if you give them to your teacher to correct.

Learn Chinese passively

You will get to a point within the next three months where you need to sit back. Most people are unable to learn Chinese characters for 12 hours a day without going nuts. Therefore, you too will need a little time in which you will not actively learn Chinese.

In order to use your time effectively, the following passive learning methods are suitable:

  • Listen to Chinese Radio Stations or Podcasts: There are tons of Chinese radio stations and podcasts to follow.
  • Watching Chinese Movies and TV Series: One of the best ways to experience the Chinese language while having fun. The Chinese film landscape is large and full of interesting productions.
  • Communicate in Chinese: If you live in China, this is of course extremely easy. If you live in Germany you should try to attend events that deal with the topic of China and Chinese.
  • Use social media in Chinese. There are a ton of Chinese Twitter accounts, or maybe you just log into Weibo.

Once you've reached an advanced level, you can read Chinese for fun too. Try a book that is not too stressful and easy to digest.

As you can see, it shouldn't be a problem to learn Chinese passively.

An intensive three month Chinese course is a great way to learn Chinese. You will see quick results and your motivation will do the rest. An intensive course can be a difficult time, but three months is just the right amount of time to learn a lot.

Learn Mandarin or Cantonese?

One of the most common questions that beginners ask is whether to learn Mandarin or Cantonese. If you want to communicate with as many people as possible, Mandarin is the right choice. This Chinese dialect is not only spoken on the Chinese mainland, but is now also more and more widespread in Hong Kong and Macau. So it makes sense if you focus on learning Mandarin. However, there is no reason why you cannot learn both dialects. Cantonese allows you to socialize with the people of Hong Kong and Macau, for example if you live there or want to start a family.

So learning Chinese is not impossible! Even if you don't have a lot of time, in three months you will be amazed at the progress.

How is your experience of learning Chinese and what tips do you have to learn more effectively.