memorizing will bore you to death. i suggest you just start reading and looking up the words as you go. the more you look it up, the more familiar you will become with it.
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Ren Ying Ying is right. You will be bored to death if u just memorised from the dictionary. You will most probably give up within one week if u use this method.
Just start reading some simple chinese novels. Writing will also help (like what Suet Seung said). Make use of the qiqi site. Copy and paste the characters u don't know to online dictionary or the dimsum program. It will help u find the characters faster. After a seeing it a few times, u will remember the words. It might also help if u study the characters. You will then be able to recognise the pattern.
和諧唔係一百個人講同一番話，係一百個人有一百句唔同嘅說話，而又互相尊重 ~ - 葉梓恩
i only started to take chinese seriously last year... it depends on whether you want to learn it. but last year, i hadn't started high school yet, and in the last year of primary, you can fool around a lot, so, i watched a lot of tv back then. chinese tv, with simplified chinese subs. it sort of worked for me, because it deepened my interest in the language (hot male celebs). but i've taken chinese lessons since year 1, but my grades there hae suddenly improved, since i can speak and read some mando now.
Sixty years ago I knew nothing; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of your own ignorance. - Will Durant
Thank you all for your help! I borrowed two Berenstain Bears books from the library yesterday. They are completely in simplified Chinese...so I'll probably take my time to read it (with the dictionary of course).
So sad...I have to read beginners books. But I guess all things start at that; I can't just skip the whole process.
Another way to get started is to go to the Karaoke lounge with friends that only sing Chinese songs. Listen at first, try to recognise characters and than try to sing yourself .
I've been doing this but unfortunately need to take it more seriously to reach 3,000 characters.
Oh man, I feel so bad inside. Yesterday, I told my mom to read the Chinese version of the Berenstain Bears to me...
And guess what? I couldn't understand half of those descriptive words/phrases. It sounds like the Chinese language is meant to be written in Mandarin because it just sounds utterly awkward in Cantonese.
So...any encouragements? They are all gratefully welcomed!
Great to know that you are deciding to learn Chinese. I study Second Language Acquisition and must say that the best way to learn is to actually take classes and interact with native speakers. You can also watch series in Chinese and have some language learning aids too. Memorizing words from the dictionary or just learning from books without any real interaction with teachers and native speakers will not do you any good. I had some friends that tried that and believe me, it did NOT work out at all... It became a disaster... Therefore, my advice to you is to take classes first so you can establish a real foundation and then go from there... Good luck!!!!
Respect other people's opinions and views. If we learn how to do that than all of these fights and arguments will not occur.
But I don't really see that happening right now. I absolutely HATE going to Chinese schools on Saturdays and Sundays (that was what I use to do back then). I did that for a couple of years a while ago, but it didn't help one bit. I was too busy socializing with people sitting next to me.
I think the best option for me right now is to get a set of vocabulary words every couple of days. But how am I going to get these lists? I have a dictionary, sure...but it it starts according to the sound of the words. So I'll be starting with "Ah", "Ah", "Ah", "Ah"....
That's no good. So can anyone help?
I think you should start with very basic texts (think Dr. Seuss) and expand your vocab by reading.
You have to use materials that make reading a bit more meaningful and perhaps even entertaining. Then, you can learn to read and write in the appropriate context. Here's an example:
The text above contains 30 different characters (you can't call them "words" per se because "words" can be made up of a single character or a combination of 2 or more characters) from a total of 400 that are needed for 1st Grade Mandarin in public elementary schools in my country.
After learning to read the text, you can learn write the characters, using the correct stroke-sequences. Also, take note of the punctuation used, some of which are different (in form or function or both) from those used in English.
Finally, you can recite the text and write it out in full from memory.
So I'd like to suggest that you sign up for a proper course that teaches you to read and write. The course will provide you with a regimented study schedule and milestones (checkpoints) to achieve.
In my work as a teacher, I've met parents who say that they can teach their children Mandarin at home because they are fluent in the language. Unfortunately, these parents (regardless of how well-intentioned they are) are often unable to keep a proper and regimented schedule for learning, unlike what a school-based programme/environment can do/provide.
As of now, I can't say I'll go to school...
Maybe I'll think about it in the future. It will just cost me unnecessary money if I don't pay attention to the teacher.
Good to hear that you will consider school in the future.