How To Learn Chinese

Posted on April 19, 2019

Learning chinese is easier than most people think. I like chinese, because compared to other languages, it is very logical. You don’t have to conjugate, you don’t have special past or future tenses and characters are built up from radicals (often times visually displaying their meaning).

For me, the hardest parts about learning chinese are writing the characters and voicing the tones correctly.

I think the most important part is having a solid grasp of the vocabulary first, then playing around with it by forming sentences, posing and answering question. Many people skip learning the characters and first learn just to speak. This is a huge mistake because they then need to relearn the characters for all the words which they supposedly already know.

Those are the apps / websites which I use:

  • chinese language subreddit - all the stuff below I found through this subreddit, though it can be a bit daunting visiting it because most people there are on HSK 5 or HSK 6
  • pleco - everybody recommends this, this dictionary lets you type or draw chinese words to look up. You can also look up the sub-characters of characters to better understand their meaning.
  • TOFU learn - a very good app for learning the vocabulary, I like it especially because its divided into sets that correspond to the HSK levels
  • helloChinese - this app is good for practising grammar and pronunciation, it is good for applying the learned vocabulary from TOFU learn
  • Wechat - all my chinese friends use wechat, so it is a good opportunity to chat with them
  • HelloTalk - by the makers of helloChinese, this is an app that allows two people who learn their respective languages to help each other out

You are learning chinese, too? Please write me and tell me what what websites or apps you are using!