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25th April 2017

“Purpose +(Love+Passion) = Improvement”

A lof my friends asked me how I am learning Chinese.
很多朋友问我怎么学中文。

There are a lot of methods of learning a language. Beside that, everyone has her/his own preference of learning method. Some people prefer to learn by her/himself, some people prefer going to language school.
学语言有很多不一样的方法。而且我们都有自己的习惯。因人而异。有人比较喜欢自学,有人比较喜欢去语言学校。

In fact, the method is not that important. From my point of view, the purpose is most important: Why I want to learn Chinese? What I want to do when I am able to speak Chinese? This is something (for me) I need to think about and define before I start.
其实呢,方法不是最重要的,但是对我来说目的是最重要的:为什么我想学中文?学完以后我想做什么?一定要考虑清楚。

When I started to learn Chinese, I had a dream: One day I will move to China, settle down there, get married, enjoy the Chinese culture, make a lot of Chinese friends etc.
我开始学中文是因为我有一个梦想。有一天搬到国内,在那里安家,结婚,了解国内的文化,交很多国内的朋友。

Learning a language is not that easy. Not seldom I face the resistance or feeling of give up. In such situation, I remind myself about my own purpose, which I defined earlier. I came so far. Do I really want to give up?  By reminding myself,  I would be able to find back my confidence and continue learning.
我觉得学语言不是那么容易的。想放弃时,让自己想起目的,为了目的重拾信心,会继续再努力。

Beside the purpse, passion and love towards the Chinese language are important factors as well. If I do not have these, I can use a book, CD, DVD, APP or what so ever, there are just useless tools and/or my progress will be slow.
除了目的,还有对中文的激情很重要的。如果没有的话,即使有书,CD,DVD,APP 等,也是没有用的或者进步很慢。

Frankly speaking, when I have just started learning Chinese, I did not have any passion at all. I tried different methods, my progress was very slow, I was afraid making mistakes and I was basically unsatisfied.
真诚地说我开始学中文的时候,我对中文没有激情。我试过很多方法, 进步却不太大,一直很怕说错了或者不满意。

Learning Chinese at that time, was just a struggling process. And I have changed teachers several times.
那时学中文很辛苦,换了几次老师。

One day, when I was traveling in Guangzhou by my own, I got lost. The only way to find my way back was talking to a local. So, I did. And the lady did not understand at all what I was talking about, because my pronunciation was not that good. I used body languages, drew pictures on the map, finally she understood what I was talking about. I got the help I needed and in the end I was able to arrive safely and relieved in my hotel.
有一天在广州旅行时,我迷路了。但是没有方法,问本地人路。因为我说得不好,所以她听不懂我说什么。我用手话,加上在地图上画画,最后她才能明白我的意思。我终于安全地回到了酒店。

This experience reminds me that not the method, but the target/aim and being are very important.
这个经验让我才知道方法不是很重要的,但是目的和感觉是很重要的。

There are not any limitation for learning and practicing Chinese. As long there is motivation, every method works.
学中文或者练习中文没有限度。有动机的话,什么都可以。

Beside learning with a book and with a teacher, I am making friends from Mainland China living in Hong Kong, learning Chinese songs, reading books, watching Chinese dramas and TV –Shows as “You are the one!”, and talking to random people I met in the supermarket, in the air plane, in the train, on the street, in the restaurant etc. This way, I created my own Mandarin Chinese environment in Hong Kong,
除了用书和跟老师学中文以外,我还交了在香港住的国内朋友,学中文歌, 看中文书, 看中文的电视剧和电视节目 “我们约会吧”,跟任何地方 -例如在路上, 餐厅, 超级市场, 飞机里, 火车里,- 月遇到的人说中文等。我创造自己的语言环境。

This way of learning Chinese is much more interesting and amusing.  My Chinese has improved ever since.
这让我觉得中文越来越有趣,我的中文也越来越好了。

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