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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. I have absolutely no sense of Chinese grammar, or grammar terms, yet I am quite fluent. I have seen books that introduce special grammar terms for Chinese. It is better to get used to the patterns that Chinese uses to express things we express in English, using English patterns. Chinese has a rather uncomplicated grammar, one of the pleasures of learning Chinese.
There are no declensions, conjugations, genders, verb aspects, complicated tenses or other sources of confusion that are found in many European languages.
Tip number three is to focus on patterns, write them out, say them to yourself, use them when speaking, and watch for them when you listen and read. Read a lot. If I learned faster than my fellow students 50 years ago, it is because I read everything I could get my hands on. I read much more than other students. I am not just talking about special texts for learners, but rather a wide range of material on subjects of interest to me. I was helped by the fact that the Yale-in-China had a great series of readers with glossaries for each chapter.
We started with learner material using something called Chinese Dialogues , then graduated to a graded history text called 20 Lectures on Chinese Culture. The book consisted only of texts and a glossary, no complicated explanations, no quizzes. When I look at some of the text books available today aimed at intermediate and even advanced learners, they are full of boring content about fictional people in China, somebody at university who met his friend or went to the barber or went skating, followed by explanations and drills.
Not a good idea unless you are interested in these subjects.
This was a reader with authentic texts from modern Chinese politics and history. Each lesson introduced patterns and kept drills and explanations to a minimum. Or maybe I just ignored them. Yale had a wide collection of readers on politics, history, and literature, all with word lists for each chapter. This was my learning material.
Tip number four is to read as much as you can. This is much easier to do today. You can find material on the Internet, use online dictionaries and apps like LingQ. I tried to listen to whatever content I was reading.
Reading helps you learn vocabulary, but listening helps you connect with the language and get prepared to speak. Listening comprehension is the core skill necessary in order to engage in conversation with people. We learn the tone of each character as we acquire vocabulary, but it is difficult to remember these when speaking.
It is important to internalize the tones as part of phrases. Listening helps you do this. The intonation and rhythm of Mandarin, or any other language, can only come from listening to the native speaker. Nowadays you can find these online, including the transcripts and even import them into a system like LingQ. This was not available to me 50 years ago.
In fact, there is a tremendous array of listening material available for download on all possible subjects, or you can buy CDs if you are in China.