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Thursday, June 3, 2010

8 Mistakes to avoid when Learning Chinese

Great blog post :-)

8 Mistakes To Avoid When Learning Chinese - The China Expat

#1 is not mastering tones. Yes, calling your Chinese Mother in law a horse is not a good idea...

#2 - Not Learning Characters. I have mixed feelings on this one. A better answer is it depends. I have seen many teachers get so focused on characters and stroke orders that they forget about teaching to speak the language.

#3 Killing yourself learning characters. The author suggests a better way. The idea makes more sense, but may be it would work better with traditional characters :-)

#4 Focus on progress over process. I agree. Continual improvement is key and it takes time. Rome was not built in a day.

#5 - Not making Chinese friends. Its important to actually practice and with Skype and other VOIP applications its become very easy.

#6 - Get the best Chinese Learning Material. I agree 100% and I try very hard to do this on my site.

#7 - Choosing poor classes. A terrible teacher can be a huge problem. Just because a teacher can speak Chinese does not make them a good Chinese teacher. Or just because you are married to them. Oops... I need to stop here :-)

#8 - Not using great tools for Learning Chinese. I see this as really #8.

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