hey everybody i am so exited to start Chinese do you have any tips
Chinese is a difficult language, but so are a many, if not all languages to learn. My advice is to keep with it. You're better off at 15 mins/day every single day than 3 hours once a week. Do a little bit everyday and before you know it you'll understand some. Good luck!
I fill a notebook with all the new characters/ sentences I learn, (although I don't know the stroke order) and try coming up with as many sentences as I can using the characters I've learned.
Good luck! :D
I actually think that you should change your approach to writing. (Trying to think of sentences is of course always good.) If you want to write you should really learn the stroke order since it is important. (There are probably websites that can guide you through each character.) So I would say that it is better to either postpone writing or to do be more conservative and actually learn how to write. One of the good things about writing is that it will get your muscle memory involved in the process, but writing without knowing the stroke order is risky since you might be learning things wrong.
In my not at all humble opinion Duolingo is a bad framework for writing. Personally I use skritter but it costs money. On the other hand you can use the free trial week to study like a maniac, adding a lot of content, because when the trial week is over reviewing the things you have added is still free. (And when you are ready to add a lot of stuff again you can pay for only a month.)
In your opinion, is studying the Chinese writing worth it? I have never studied the writing and feel very comfortable with my Mandarin. I can speak, read and type all in Mandarin but have not studied the writing. If that is your passion, then go for it but I feel the art of writing is lost now and one can get by without it.
I will add I have passed both Level I and II of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) 汉语水平考试 and only now on Level III have they started the writing portion. I feel I can pass without the writing or learn quickly the basics to pass. I'd love to know your thoughts!
No I do not think that writing is necessary at all. It makes sense to learn the basics, but learning to write every character properly takes a lot of time and will slow down everything else. In general I do not think that learning to write at the same speed as you learn to read is very efficient. (Unless your memory is at its strongest when combining bodily movements with visual input.) Personally I gave up writing when I went to China for the first time, because speaking became more important. I waited for eight years until I started again. One of the main reasons for taking up writing again is the fact that I still have a lot of trouble reading handwritten characters. Only learning the characters as blocks of meaning and not as a flow of strokes makes it hard to understand what others write.
I know it's important to know the proper way to write the characters, but until recently I was only writing them down so I could remember everything new I learned. A few days ago I found a super helpful post on the Duolingo forum, in which the author gave links to sites for learning stroke order, so I've been re-learning all of the characters I know. I'm probably never going to use this knowledge in real life, but hey, I'm enjoying myself!
Good on you! Chinese ain't easy :3 Make sure to keep motivated, learning a language needs commitment and hard work, like you did with French. Don't rush the Chinese tree, take your time and it's alright to make mistakes.
Chinese is a tonal language, you need to master these tons before you do anything, it will help you in the long run. There is ma, mǎ, mā, mà, má. Make sure you know what they sound like, after that, it is mostly memorization and vocabulary.
whether you like chinese, or any language, depends on the method you use to learn. can be very boring and terrible, or the best thing you've ever done and the highlight of your life.
i like Chinese it is quite easy i am not very far yet. thanks for the lingots
The grammar of oriental languages is a lot easier than European languages. But remembering the 漢字 is really time consuming, I've written about 200,000 漢字 in my life time. I used to write 10 漢字 per day, 10 times for each 漢字 in exercise books. Some people told me the scribbles looked like art.
I don't know if your first claim is necessarily true. It may be the case for Chinese, but most other East Asian languages have extremely different grammar from English, and most European languages have pretty similar grammar systems to English.
The reason for me saying this is:
For personal pronouns, suffixes are added to create the equivalent in European languages, which makes things really simple.
Verbs are also simple, in Chinese suffixes are added, and in Japanese the rules for verbs are consistent and extremely simple.
good luck to you!! be patient and take some notes for chinese characters. it is not difficult as much as people say :=)
ya it is quite easy actually i really like it. I have started taking some notes on my memo app (:
try to use it as often as you can so you don't forget. Also, what's your motivation for learning?
加油！ Download the Pleco app. It is the Chinese-English dictionary everybody uses. For translating sentences i’d recommend Baidu translate or youdaofanyi （有道翻译）