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How to learn Mandarin Chinese – Part 3 Immersing yourself in the language

1 Find a native speaker. 

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One of the best ways to improve your new language skills is to practice speaking with a native speaker. They will easily be able to correct any grammar or pronunciation mistakes you make and can introduce you to more informal or colloquial forms of speech that you won't find in a textbook.

If you have a Mandarin-speaking friend who is willing to help, that's great! Otherwise, you can place an ad in the local paper or online or investigate whether there are any pre-existing Mandarin conversation groups in the area.

If you can't locate any Mandarin-speakers nearby, try finding someone on Skype. They might be willing to exchange 15 minutes of Mandarin conversation for 15 minutes of English.

If you can't find someone on Skype , Try QQ (just google it , you will find it in first link :)), It's chat tool , only popular in China , There many Language learn group/room , Most learning English . They will glad to talk to you , Add the group(ID:229776426) , Hope you can find your language partner.

2 Consider signing up for a language course. 

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If you need some extra motivation or feel you would learn better in a more formal setting, try signing up for a Chinese language course.

With the growth of Asian neighborhoods around the country, many classes taught by volunteers have popped up. They range in cost from $300 to $500 or more per year, plus other costs. You can also try an online Mandarin school.

Look out for language courses advertised at local colleges, schools or community centers.

If you're nervous about signing up for a class by yourself, drag a friend along. You'll have more fun and also someone to practice with between classes!

3 Watch Chinese films and cartoons. 

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Get your hands on some Chinese DVDs (with subtitles) or watch Chinese cartoons online. This is an easy, entertaining way to get a feel for the sound and structure of the Mandarin Chinese language.

If you're feeling particularly proactive, try pausing the video after a simple sentence and repeat what has just been said. This will lend your Chinese accent an air of authenticity!

If you can't find any Chinese films to buy, try renting them from a movie rental store, which often have foreign language sections. Alternatively, see if your local library has any Chinese films or ask if they would be able to source some for you.

4 Listen to Chinese music and radio. 

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Listening to Chinese music and/or radio is another good way to surround yourself in the language. Even if you can't understand everything, try to pick out keywords to help you get the gist of what's being said.

Get a Mandarin Chinese radio app on your phone, so you can listen on the go.

Try downloading Chinese podcasts to listen to while exercising or doing housework.

5 Consider taking a trip to China. 

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Once you feel comfortable with the basics of Mandarin Chinese speech, consider taking a trip to China, or even Taiwan. What better way to immerse yourself in the Mandarin language than a journey to its native land!

6 Don't be too harsh on yourself. 

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Learning a language is a gradual process – you have to keep at it. Chinese is one of the hardest languages to learn, so take your time.

2016-06-21

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