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How to Learn Mandarin Chinese

Nov 27, 2007
Mandarin Chinese is becoming one of the most popular languages that people are studying and learning in the world. To learn Chinese in China or in your own country can be very difficult. The Chinese language is a tonal language.

Each word when pronounced using the 4 different tones will have a different meaning. So it is important to be prepared and learn a bit more about the Chinese language before you embark on a trip to learn Mandarin Chinese at a language school in Beijing or Shanghai or if you want to enroll in a Chinese immersion program at home.

Certainly the easiest way to learn and study the Chinese language is by going to China and study in one of its great cities such as Beijing or Shanghai. Immersing yourself in the Chinese language and culture will provide you with a better understanding of the Chinese language.

There are some great Chinese language schools all around China. Most of the language schools are in the biggest cities in China in Beijing or Shanghai. But there you can also find a Mandarin language school in smaller cities.

For some people going to China is a problem because of the cost implications. This is where the internet comes in. The internet has now made it very easy and possible for anyone who wants to learn Mandarin Chinese, without actually having to go to China. There are several different sites on the web which can offer you free lessons to learn Chinese. And there are many Chinese learning programs and software systems available online.

Another great way for learning the language is to find a language exchange partner. The best way to find a language exchange partner is through your local university or college. They will be able to find you a student whose native language is Chinese, and is willing to spend time with you teaching you their language.

You will need to teach them another language in exchange and be prepared to spend time with them teaching them how to speak your language. It is recommended to have basic familiarity with the language before looking into this as communication in the early stages going can be rather difficult. So learn some grammar and vocabulary to start off with.

The final way you may want to consider for learning to speak Chinese is through making new friends whose native tongue is this language. This can be done through finding a Chinese speaking penpal so you can correspond in the Chinese language. You can easily find a penpal online and you can then communicate in Chinese with your new friend!

By studying the Chinese language you will get to know the Chinese culture and people in a much more meaningful way. The best way, and some might say the only way, to get to know another culture and its people is to at least speak a bit of the local language. In many ways the culture and the language of a country will be interconnected which will help you to unravel the cultural mysteries.
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