Mandarin is one of the most difficult languages to master, with most students in Singapore taking years to excel in it. But have you ever wondered if it’s possible to learn Mandarin in a short period of time? Read on to find out how to get on the fast track to success when it comes to improving your command of Mandarin.
1. Set Realistic Short and Long-Term Goals
Before you even embark on your journey to learn Mandarin, be clear about the goals you wish to achieve during this journey. Do you wish to be able to understand and communicate in basic Mandarin or are you seeking to improve your eloquence and command of the language? Maybe you would like to be considered for a job promotion or upcoming job opportunity with this new skill, or you simply wish to boost your language capabilities. Whatever your goal is, it is important to also keep in mind the timeframe that you allow yourself to achieve your established goals.
Make a Daily Learning Schedule
Once you have your goals and milestones clearly planned out, you can then move on to create a daily learning schedule so you can keep track of your progress and note down any difficulties that you are struggling with while learning – so you can allocate more time for practice after.
Your daily learning schedule should include time set aside to practice the pronunciation of Mandarin words. To further improve, you can tune in to Chinese talk shows to mimic how Chinese speakers pronounce and enunciate different words with different intonations. Online podcasts and Mandarin songs can assist you in the same way as well. As you practice your pronunciation, record yourself over the days and weeks to help you correct mistakes and check for improvements.
Another good habit to inculcate would be to immerse yourself fully in the Chinese culture by consuming content in Mandarin. This includes watching Chinese television shows, Chinese movies and Chinese videos online. Even if you can’t understand it fully, matching words you hear while reading English subtitles can help your brain internalise the meaning of certain words in Mandarin. Once this becomes a habit, you will find that you will be able to understand parts of a conversation in Mandarin effortlessly when conversing with Chinese speakers.
Sign Up for Mandarin Classes at School of Language International
While you can learn Mandarin all by yourself, it requires a lot of self-discipline and online research. With no one to correct you when you are wrong, you might lose motivation to reach your goals along the way. Why not sign up for Mandarin classes at a renowned language school in Singapore to catapult your progress?
Here at the School of Language International (SLI), we have a wide array of Mandarin classes for learners of different efficacy levels (beginner to advanced). You will also be learning the language from Chinese teachers who are native Mandarin speakers, and they will be able to correct you accurately whenever you make a mistake; and you never have to worry about your pace since we have teachers who are able to conduct basic Mandarin lessons in English, Japanese or Korean.
Have a tight timeline? We are also able to provide you with intensive one on one classes where the frequency can be tailored to your ideal days and time. Whereas if you prefer to learn in small group settings so you meet like-minded individuals, we also have group classes where individual attention and fast improvement is guaranteed. If you prefer to learn remotely, we have online Mandarin courses for you as well.
Visit our website today to find out more about our many language courses and kickstart your journey to learn Mandarin quick today.