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Is Learning Chinese A Waste of Time?

There is one thing I’m quite sure about is that it is never a waste of time to learn the Chinese language. If anybody or you ever feel like it, then you might have some misunderstandings about why you should learn this language and how to learn it efficiently.

There’re a lot of reasons to tell you that learning the Chinese language is not a waste of time:

1.It is a useful skill to help you bridge the connection with over 1.3 billion speakers on the planet, so is its culture.

The most important function of a language is to communicate. Efficiently communication and connection are based on a comprehensive understanding of the language used.

Besides the daily or business conversation, language is also playing an important role as the carrier of culture. You can never attach to real Chinese culture and spirit if you don’t know Chinese. As a kind of ideographic language that presented in the form of pictograph, the Chinese language develops a series of unique cultural content including calligraphy, poems and ballad. All these content cannot make any sense to you until you have known its language.  

What’s more, by learning the Chinese language, you can better enjoy the Chinese movies, TV shows and dramas authentically. Though there is always showing translated subtitles on it, the essence that only carried in original language system will be missed inevitably.

2.Identify your learning targets first can help you make a clearer study plan

Learning without a practical goal or right reason will just frustrate you during the long-term language learning journey.

Whether you’re going to further your study in China or learning it to boost your career with Chinese business partner, finding out why learning this language is important to you and sustain your motivation afterwards.

A specific target for language learning can help you make a better study plan. For example, if you want to learn the Chinese language for better communication with your Chinese colleagues or potential Chinese clients. A practical study plan will consist of two stages, firstly improve your Chinese proficiency in daily conversation, and secondly build up your knowledge in the Business Chinese field. An intensive One-on-one Chinese class can satisfy these specific demands very well.

To gain a competitive advantage in the long run, learning Chinese is a nice choice and habit to keep. With the international status of China is quite different now and will improve in the future. Chinese mandarin plays a more vital role. It is always right to follow the trend.

3.Learning the Chinese language can exercise your brainpower too

Researchers suggest when learning or using a second language, there will be increased activity in certain regions of the brain. And this process can help delay the onset of dementia and also develop cognitive ability. Learning a second language can also better cultivate your creativity and multi-tasks skill. Since the Chinese language is a completely different language than what you’re used to as an English speaker, learning the Chinese language will be a great exercise for your brain.

 

If you don’t want to waste your time, then you’d better know how to learn the Chinese language efficiently and easily.

Tip 1 Making a specific learning schedule

Start learning a new language with a very general plan does no good for your Chinese language learning in a long run. Once you have done the basic research, consider setting up a daily learning schedule. This schedule should be drafted based on your learning goals, both short-term goals and long-term goals. And the daily learning content should be delivered in a tailor-made way.

Afterwards, all you need to do is stick to the plan and keep a record of all what you learn daily. To learn the Chinese language you need to be regular or else you will forget what you learnt the other day! Keep in mind that practice makes perfect. Practice as much as you can.

Tip 2 Being patient with memorizing Chinese characters

Chinese characters are like the building blocks of the Chinese language so it’s important to learn and memorize. There are thousands of Chinese characters; however, you only need to be familiar with THE 500 MOST COMMONLY USED CHINESE CHARACTERS to lay a solid foundation at the beginning stage.

Memorizing and repeating the characters daily is very crucial for learning the Chinese language fast. Daily repetition is a very necessary step because it’s easy for you to forget the characters as fast as you learn them. Therefore, efficient reviewing can make you learn and retain the characters in your mind permanently. You may use flashcards with characters written on them to revise the characters.

Tip 3 Immersion learning can always facilitate the process

Studies have shown that under the correct guidance and instruction, “immersive learning environment” is more effective for a language learner than learning in a traditional classroom environment. “Living in” the target language is the ideal way to acquire it amazingly fast. Surrounded by the authentic language speaking environment can really push you to keep involving yourself fully with the language. Thus, the best way of learning the Chinese language fast and easily is to live in China for a period of time. And during your stay here, you should try to practise as much as possible with native Chinese speakers. What’s more, making more Chinese-speaking friends! Those daily first-hand authentic Chinese language terms and sayings cannot be found in the textbook.

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Tip 4 Pay more attention to listening skill and right pronunciation

The best way of practising your listening skill is to watch movies and listen to speeches. It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand, because your purpose at the beginning is not to understand but to have an overall sense of the sound of the language. If you listen a lot, you can naturally capture the laws of pronunciation, and even know what a certain pronunciation means.

As to the pronunciation part, the best way to practise your pronunciation is always to imitate. Not only the sound you hear but also the specific mouth shape of the pronunciation. If the shape of the mouth is wrong, the pronunciation must be wrong too. The shape of the mouth includes the closure of the teeth, the curling of the tongue and the position of the root part of the tongue.

In a word, learning a second language, especially the Chinese language is never a waste of time. You will have a great pay off in a long run.

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Joep | Netherlands

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I have been to Keats School for 4 times now. The reasons for coming back to this school is pretty much that the teachers I did work with were very good teachers. I make it a 5-year plan or even 10-year plan to come back to this school.  All the teachers have methods of looking at what your skills are. They are aware of at what level you are. I think it is worth for everyone.

Hilary

Hilary | USA

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I’ve had a really great time here. I’ve studied a lot with my teacher who was fantastic. Keats School tried very hard to match its students with really good teachers that their personality works very well together. I really enjoy the school and I will definitely come back.

Josh

Josh | USA

Small Group Chinese Class

I really had a wonderful experience at the school. The teachers are very very friendly. In my class, we practice speaking, listening, reading and writing. We play games and other fun activities. We have trips around town. The staff at Keats is phenomenal. My teacher is one the best teachers I have ever had in my educational experience. She comes in with smile every day.

SJOERD

SJOERD | Netherlands

Small Group Chinese Class

We use a lot of games to learn grammar and new words. We have really good teachers, really patient. She helps us a lot. Our class is really nice and we have people from all over the world, different countries. We often discuss topics in Chinese in our class. I live in the dorm of Keats. It is very convenient. I don’t have to spend time on traveling. You can just focus on learning Chinese.

Mike

Mike | オーストラリア

Small Group Chinese Class

I think Kunming is a great city, the weather is really good. I really like Keats school and found it is very organized. The teachers here are very good. They have a coffee shop and new classrooms, new lunge area here now, so you can chill out with your friends and practice your spoken Chinese with native. If you’re considering to come to Keats to study, I would really recommend it. It’s a great idea and I think it will be a great experience for you.

 

Faith

Faith | UK

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I have 2 teachers, and I do 4 hours a day. So I have got Dong Laoshi and Jin Laoshi. Both of them are very good. They made the experience very nice to me. They are willing to help you whenever, so if you ever have a question here, the teachers are always there to help you whether it is visas, whether it is getting around the city. Everyone wants to talk to you.

Ida

Ida | Italy

Small Group Chinese Class

I have studied at Keats for 2 semesters. I highly recommend Keats School. If you are very interested in Chinese culture, I would suggest you come to Kunming. Kunming people are very friendly. The weather in Kunming is great. So I recommend that you study at Keats in Kunming.

Liam

Liam | UK

HSK Test Preparation Course

Last year I started studying Chinese at University. The reason that I came here is that currently, I’m preparing for the HSK 5 test. Also, I heard that this is one of the best schools to study Mandarin in China. After I came here I realized that Kunming is a pretty cool city to live in and with regards to the teachers’ teaching methods, I think they’re very professional. And I think the language environment is good so now I’m ready to take the HSK 5 .

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