How To Improve Your Chinese?

It is actually not very difficult to learn Mandarin. Through years of teaching experience, I have summarized the following key points:

1. A Lot Of Reading

How To Improve Your Chinese?

Reading is one of the basic skills to cultivate children's Chinese literacy. It can even be said that reading is the foundation of Chinese learning and is an irreplaceable means in improving the Chinese proficiency of children. Children who read more tend to accumulate more vocabulary, material, and emotions. Such foundation will make writing essays easier in time to come.

I will recommend reading material to children based on their age. For instance, I recommend children in lower grade to read fairy tales or fables, while those in higher grade can read more varied genres, such as children's literature, essays, newspapers and magazines, or even science fiction and comics. Children should be allowed to choose their reading material based on their interests and needs, and gain what they need through these books.


2. Recite Classics

Reciting classic articles is also one of the basic skills to cultivate children's Chinese culture. Recital is an inevitable part of learning Chinese. However, this is also the part that students hate. I would like to emphasize that recitation is an indispensable part of learning Chinese. If the prime time of a child's memory is before the age of 16, then he should recite a large amount of Chinese classic to lay solid foundation for the Chinese language.

3. Develop A Habit Of Writing Diaries

Diaries can cultivate children's observation skills and ability to think, as well as Chinese expressions. Children can develop such a habit incrementally. They can start by writing shorter entries, and increase in length and frequency incrementally. Children should also be encouraged to write diaries of any contents – they can be imaginative or based on real experiences, about domestic issues or international developments.

4. Let Children Write In Their Own language

Parents should allow them to write what they want and think without restrictions. Children should be encouraged to use short sentences, plain expressions and concrete examples. Children should also refrain from using sweeping statements, and use more expressive language.

5. Accumulation Bit By Bit

Learning Chinese is a long process of accumulation. It cannot be done overnight, and requires accumulation of knowledge. I will advise my students to prepare a notebook in which they can jot down words that they do not know, and they can check their meaning when they have time. Over time, they will be able to build up a foundation and strong Chinese vocabulary.