How To Learn Chinese
Trying to learn Chinese as your first foreign-language is quite ambitious but not unobtainable. This language is formulated of many complex characters. Each of these characters will represent a sound and meaning. The learning of them will take a focused effort on your part.
If you're going to effectively learn Chinese, you're going to have to memorize over 5000 characters. These characters are also called hanzi. If you're not familiar with hanzi, they will look like a form of art at first, but gradually you will learn the intricacies.
While learning Chinese, you're going to have to use some mental tricks so that you can associate the character to the physical item or abject concept that represents. By developing a mental image of the character and quickly associating it with its pronunciation and meaning, you will find yourself being able to build up a library of the components of each character.
You're going to have to make this process as fun as possible as it is very difficult. Getting a book on Chinese characters that puts learning into a fun environment will be very helpful. There are many out there that will tell unique story for the characters and teach you how to properly write and speak it.
Taking a class in Chinese calligraphy may also be something that you want to do. Each of these characters are very distinct in their features and one wrong stroke could mean an entirely different word. Taking this class you will ensure that you are doing an accurate depiction of each and every hanzi that you're trying for. When you can accurately depict all the characters, begin making yourself a set of cue cards that you can use as a study aid. Go through them during your spare time and you'll soon find that you accumulate it a large mental library of hanzi characters.