Many of my students ask me whether there is a particular sequence of learning Chinese, yes there is, but it’s as simple as the following:
- Know the Romanised pronunciation system first — Hanyu Pinyin. (This will help you to speak before recognising the characters, also help you to learn new characters as time goes by.)
- Pick the vocabularies you could use everyday and memorise them in topics. (Ignore the sequence on the textbook content page, choose the topics that interest you the most.)
- Learn sentence structures, not hard-core grammar. (No native Chinese baby learn the language from subject+verb+object, learn it the native way by listening and repeating first.)
These 3 steps should get you through the initial stage.