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Mandarin is difficult because of the need to learn so many Chinese characters, and the tones. However, there are aspects of Mandarin which make it easier then many European languages. The rewards of learning Mandarin, the process itself, and then the ability to connect with Chinese culture, are enormous. It is well worth the effort. 0:48 - How I learned Mandarin. 1:27 - Chinese is so exotic. Can anyone really learn it? 2:42 - The two most difficult things about learning Chinese. 4:20 - How I learned the characters. 6:38 - Should you learn traditional or simplified characters? 7:12 - Tones in Mandarin. 10:30 - The structure of the language. 11:30 - Spend the time to learn phrases and patterns. 13:06 - Interesting content. 15:24 - A new China. Learn a language at: https://goo.gl/aB9uPy Visit my blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com Chinese Slang: https://www.lingq.com/blog/2018/11/02/chinese-slang/ Great Chinese Podcasts: https://www.lingq.com/blog/2018/10/08/chinese-podcasts/ Funny Chinese Proverbs https://www.lingq.com/blog/2018/09/21/funny-chinese-proverbs/
Transcript: Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. I was asked to do a video, today in fact, about the differences between learning Japanese and Chinese. I appreciate getting specific requests. It’s always nice to respond to listeners/viewers who are interested in a particular subject, so I thought I would look try to look at these differences, both in terms of how I study the two languages -- I’m going to throw Korean in, as well, three Asian languages -- and what I think are general differences in terms of difficulty and so forth... Read the rest as a lesson on LingQ here: https://goo.gl/AeK9jo Visit: https://www.LingQ.com My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com/ My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve Follow "Steve's Cafe" Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/SteveKaufmann
Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. I am going to talk to you about 6 hacks for learning Chinese. Basically based on my experience when 40 odd years ago within a nine month period I went from scratch to where I could read novels and translate diplomatic documents in Chinese. Both English into Chinese and Chinese into English. Check this video out as a LingQ lesson https://www.lingq.com/learn/en/workdesk/item/9990880/reader/ or as a blog post on The Linguist: http://blog.thelinguist.com/hacking-chinese-six-tips-for-learning-faster You can read more articles on tips to learning Chinese and many more languages on my blog. Visit: http://blog.thelinguist.com/ For Chinese content you can use to study, please check out the LingQ Blog: https://www.lingq.com/blog/2018/11/08/chinese-audiobooks/
I was asked to describe how to achieve fluency in Mandarin in six months. Timelines: 0:21 A letter from one of my viewers. 1:49 Language is a lifelong journey. 3:37 The goal is to get comfortable. 4:05 Go to the country. 4:56 Listen to dialogues and lay off the characters. 7:49 Listening and reading is the most effective method. 8:49 Unapparent exposure method. 9:18 The biggest waste of time. 9:47 What books and materials should be used. 10:26 I would start to write as soon as I can. 10:59 Intensive program for a month. 11:42 80/20 principle doesn’t apply to language learning. 12:38 Don’t worry and just speak. 13:23 6 months are over. What’s next? 14:03 Your languages are always with you. Visit https://www.LingQ.com My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com/ My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve Follow the new LingQ channel: https://goo.gl/WVnzRS Follow "Steve's Cafe" channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/SteveKaufmann
There is lots of research and discussion on the most effective way to learn languages. The answer is, whatever you enjoy doing with the language. Transcript: Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. First of all, I want to say that I did a webcam interview with Luca, the wonderful Italian polyglot. We are going to put it up here at my YouTube channel, but I’m waiting until I’m away because while I’m away I can’t do any videos. I’m going to be in Australia and New Zealand and so Alex is going to put up some pictures. I think Luca and I went at it for about 40 minutes or so, so it’s going to be at least four sessions. So that’s when you’ll be seeing those interviews that I did with Luca, just so there’s not a blank for a whole month. I want to talk today, in the subject of language learning, about something that’s kind of been running around in my mind. I come up with all these things that are the key to language learning and I may have used this before, I don’t know, but it suddenly dawned on me that the most important thing is, is it fun. Do you enjoy doing it? I mentioned this in my 7 Secrets to Language Learning, I think the first one was spend the time and the second was to do things that you enjoy doing. Study the full transcript on LingQ: https://goo.gl/pRgnrD Timelines: 0:04 web-cam interview with Luca Lampariello. 0:42 The most important thing is fun. 1:22 The gold-list method by David James review. 4:05 My experience with the gold-list method. 4:49 It works if you enjoy it. 5:42 Time is the most important criteria. 6:09 Does the gold list method work for me? 7:00 Is listening worth spending time? 7:56 You have to find what you actually like doing. 8:19 My way of doing flashcards. 9:10 Creating Lists VS Reading & Listening. 10:46 Passive vocabulary will activate when it’s necessary. 12:46 Finding the content you enjoy is crucial. Visit https://www.LingQ.com My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com/ My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve Follow "Steve's Cafe" Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/SteveKaufmann
I was asked to describe how I learned Mandarin. Here it is.
0:38 How it all started with Chinese.
2:47 The main reason I passed British Diplomatic Advanced exams in only 10 twice as fast as others.
3:23 Materials I used for learning Chinese.
4:39 The method I used I for memorizing characters.
5:58 The best Chinese learning book I’ve ever come across.
8:08 Other books I used.
11:44 Audio materials for learning Chinese.
12:43 Unconventional way of using LingQ for studying history.
13:30 The reason I progressed in Chinese more quickly than others.
My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com/
My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve
My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve
Follow the new LingQ channel: https://goo.gl/WVnzRS
Follow "Steve's Cafe" channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/SteveKaufmann