The place to ask China-related questions!
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Shenzhen Chengdu Xi'an Hangzhou Qingdao Dalian Suzhou Nanjing More Cities>>

Categories

Close
Welcome to eChinacities Answers! Please or register if you wish to join conversations or ask questions relating to life in China. For help, click here.

By continuing you agree to eChinacities's Privacy Policy .

Sign up with Google Sign up with Facebook
Sign up with Email Already have an account? .
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Q: How long did it take before you were able to speak Chinese fluently?

How did you learn the language? 

9 years 13 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
Answers (6)
Comments (1)
Posts: 650

Shifu

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

About three years. I still find reading and writing difficult. Things that helped. 1 Post it notes I labeled everything I come into contact with especially things around the home and office. 2 Was I would have Chinese only days were I could not do anything in English only Chinese

Report Abuse
9 years 13 weeks ago
 
Posts: 9206

Emperor

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Is never a long time?

Report Abuse
9 years 13 weeks ago
 
Posts: 5600

Emperor

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

me and chinese just aint gonna happen

Report Abuse
9 years 13 weeks ago
 
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Start by thinking in Chinese, when you know the word use it often. Me and my English speaking friends often talk Chinese together.

 

Another way is to go for foot massage often, the girls there will speak with you and usually they ask the same things like where are you from?, what do you do?, how old are you? etc. You will also hear different ways of asking. Taxi drivers are also good to chat with, I don't know where you're from but here in Dongguan there is a lot of "bad" Chinese, I mean that the people speak not very clear and sometimes it's very hard to hear, usually though they will try and speak clearer for you.

 

Also try and read some Chinese, AVOID pinyin at all costs as it's pointless. It's not actually that hard once you start, begin with signs on buildings and the ones you see often and can identify find out the meaning by asking a friend.

 

For writing, download some apps that will help you to get the stroke order in your head, then when you're out you and want to know a word you will be able to draw it correctly into a translation app.

 

The bottom line is to just try your best and don't give up, after 6-10 months you will find that you start remembering words easier and are more confident to communicate.

Report Abuse
8 years 16 weeks ago
 
Posts: 4400

Emperor

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

  I speak like a fluent five year old, which isn't bad when you consider how much a five year old can say. I started learning the language 9 years ago, but i'm pretty slack in my studies.

Report Abuse
8 years 16 weeks ago
 
Posts: 227

Governor

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

one month

 

in Tongji University, shanghai

and the more I learned the more i got accustomed to the language

 

Report Abuse
8 years 16 weeks ago
 
Know the answer ?
Please or register to post answer.

Report Abuse

Security Code: * Enter the text diplayed in the box below
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <img> <br> <p> <u>
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Textual smileys will be replaced with graphical ones.

More information about formatting options

Forward Question

Answer of the DayMORE >>
A: Can a new employer help you? Possibly but it's really hard to say for
A:Can a new employer help you? Possibly but it's really hard to say for sure. I used to be involved in hiring new teachers and a couple of times we had people we wanted to hire who were having trouble with their old school - situations similar to yours. Our school was legally able to hire foreign teachers, did everything by the book and was well connected, usually schools that mess people around with visa stuff aren't operating legally so a call from our visa guy to theirs telling them they were breaking the law, we were in the middle of processing the visa stuff with the PSB and the next phone call they got regarding this teacher was likely to be from the PSB asking some hard questions was usually enough to get them to co-operate. No school doing illegal stuff wants the PSB getting too interested in what they're doing. There's a chance a new employer could figure something out if they really want to hire you but these are difficult times, their hands might be tied too.    -- Stiggs