Learn at your own pace

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:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.

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