Your major approaches to learning Chinese?

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    Liu Dong

    Everyone adopts different ways to learn a language, but for a learner, he or she usually has several main ways of learning a new language regularly, which lays the foundation for how much he or she has mastered.

    Could you share your major approach(es) to learning Chinese?


    Step 1 make lists of the most common words.

    Each list should be around 30 words, if you do more it will be harder to concentrate and you will lose motivation.

    So write down till hsk4

    Every day review one list of words, dont skip days or atleast not more than 1 day a week.

    If you know the words characters well.

    Step 2 build up the vocabulary with words that have your interest and some words from hsk 4.

    10 hsk 4 words and 20 words about your interest.

    Again helps to motivate, how to build up your vocabulary? Can with watching a show or reading a childrens book.

    I have now around 321 lists of words. Read +100 stories books in chinese. Sadly only watched +10 shows in chinese. I should motivate myself to do so but i like korean shows too much ha

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    So basically, where I learnt Chinese, that was in a chinese university, it was divided mainly into, Oral, listening and comprehensive. If you master the basics you could simply clear atleast HSK 4 like I did.
    I’d practice through Duolingo, Memrise.. But they were all temporary.
    I’d mostly use Hanping and Google translate or Baidu sometimes. For its your curiousity that can get u in to learning. What I’d do was type the sentences. Phrases, or characters in there… And would listen to them on repeat many times until I get in sync with them. In our listening class, our teacher would play the audio and would ask us to solve the questions in the book based on the audio, and then check the answers, that was a great practice of listening!
    Then through some of my Chinese friends I was introduced to Chinese music, many famous ones.. And I’d hear them on repeat which also helped me alot and then slowly switched over to watching Chinese movies with subtitles.

    Our comprehensive and oral classes were kinda similar.. In comprehensive we used to learn grammar, read words with pinyin, solve grammar questions. Read big articles and passages in Chinese which helped with our reading skills.
    Oral/ spoken class Was even more interesting, the teacher would ask us to form a skit based on the text given in the book and act it out on the stage with your classmate… That took a lot guts and efforts.. We were supposed to use those words which we’ve learned earlier and use them in our way in that act in front of everyone. That came useful when we used to head out on streets and talk to random street vendors who served fast food.
    Clearing HSK 4 Was also a goal.
    Which can only be met by reviewing the given words daily. Vocabulary is a great Tool! You can form sentences write a passage! Describe the picture.
    Our teacher would give us homework of writing every character that was around 20-30 in each chapter for 4 times and learn their pinyin. And then we were asked randomly which would help us revise those words even better.
    Keeping a language Partner is also beneficial as long as you both practice regularly and with the same pace. In my case, I was lucky, me and my roommate, we did our best, and would ask questions from each other in Chinese, we would talk in Chinese very often even outside the classroom.. We made many Chinese friends around our university just to randomly chat and hone our skills of speaking Chinese.
    Talking to a native is another good method.

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