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The Four Rules to Learning Mandarin

There is no secret formula of course in mastering a new language. However, based on my experience, the following 4 factors are key to learning Chinese successfully.

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10 More Ways to Help you Learn Mandarin

Here are some tips to improve your Mandarin skills!

10 Ways to Learn Mandarin

Overcome Your Fear of the Chinese Language

Learning Chinese at the start can seem daunting sometimes.

Stop Fearing the Chinese Language

Techniques for Learning Chinese Independently

Some methods for self studying the Chinese language

Chinese Tips

Chinese Writing

Learn How to Get Started with Learning Chinese Writing

Chinese Writing

Beginning Chinese Writing

Watch This Video to Learn Some Basic Chinese Writing

Learn to Write Chinese from Scratch

The Mandarin Chinese Language

Learn about the Mandarin Language itself

About the Mandarin Chinese Language

China Travel Guide

Are you going to China for the first time? Then download this free 22 page Essential Travel Guide to China.

China Travel Guide

Quick Reference Videos

Greetings

How Are You?

Mandarin Quick Reference Greetings

Introducing Yourself

I am well

Introduce Yourself In Mandarin Chinese

Talking About Places

I don't live in London

Locations in Mandarin Chinese

Cleaning

Is it clean?

Talking about Cleaning in Chinese

Getting Sick

I am feeling sick

Talk about feeling sick in Chinese

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Learning Mandarin FAQ

Why should I learn with you?


If you're looking for an easy and practical way to learn Chinese, then this is it. You can learn in your own time from the comfort of your own home or office, without the hassle of having to attend night time classes or learn a bunch of rules that you will surely forget.

 

Why not just go to Chinese language classes?


This depends on what your goal is. Certainly if you want to learn everything there is to know about the Chinese language, then university classes are a good way to go.

However, if you're looking to learn practical Chinese and have the ability to converse as quickly as possible, then my video lessons is the far more effective method. Further, I believe that language learning should be fun and my video lessons teach you what you need to know rather than just handing you a Chinese textbook.

 

What is the best way to learn Chinese?


If you're looking for an easy and practical way to learn Chinese, then this is it. You can learn in your own time from the comfort of your own home or office, without the hassle of having to attend night time classes or learn a bunch of rules that you will surely forget.

 

 

 

-Facts About The Chinese Language

How many people speak Mandarin Chinese in the world?


About 1 billion people speak Mandarin Chinese around the world. Therefore, you can consider mandarin to be an international language as it's the most spoken language in the world!

Where is Mandarin Chinese spoken?


Mandarin Chinese is mostly spoken in China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. It is also widely used in the many Chinese communities (Chinatowns) around the globe. Mandarin Chinese is also one of the six official languages used by the United Nations.

 

What's the deal with Mandarin and Cantonese?


Maindarin, which is spoken by about 1 billion people, represents the major spoekn dialect of Chinese. Cantonese is spoken by a minority group (of under 60 million) predominantly in the southern part of China.

Is studying Mandarin Chinese difficult?


Studying Mandarin Chinese is not as difficult as what most people think. Chinese grammar will seem much easier than English grammar because in Mandarin Chinese:

  • You don't need to conjugate verbs.
  • You don't need to master verb tenses.
  • You don't need to distinguish between singular and plural nouns.
  • You don't need to worry about gender-specific nouns.

The most difficult part when learning to speak Mandarin is actually getting your tones right.

 

Learn more about How to Speak Chinese Fluently.

Written Chinese


 

Written Chinese was developed about 4000 years ago. It consists of more than 40.000 logographic symbols, meaning that a symbol represents one syllable or concept rather than a sound as does the phonetic system. Chinese writing has influenced many languages of East Asia, including Japanese. It has remained immensely stable over the millennia. Only recently has the PRC attempted to simplify it and to institute a romanized version called Pinyin, representing the sounds.

 

There are over 50,000 Chinese words (that's quite a lot of symbols to memorize!). However, to read a newspaper or magazine well you should know around 2,000 to 3,000 Chinese words.

 

Having said that, you can read over 90% of the materials that's out there by learning around 800 characters or so.

 

Learn more about The Most Commonly Used Chinese Words

Some characteristics of Chinese language

  • Chinese is a tonal language


    The meaning of a word changes according to its tone. There are 4 tones in Mandarin Chinese: flat, rising, falling then rising and falling. Other dialects feature up to 9 different tones.
  • All words have only one grammatical form only


    There is no grammatical distinction between singular or plural, no declination of verbs according to tense, mood and aspect.
    The distinction between singular or plural is accomplished by sentence structure. Tenses are indicated by adverbs of time ('yesterday', 'later') or particles.
    Sounds great? Well, 2 different types of aspects which are unlike anything in any European language give information as to the relevancy of an occurrence and a complex system of suffixes to distinguish the direction, possibility, and success of an action help complicate this apparently easy grammar
A very good resource to help you master Chinese tones is here.