Learn Mandarin and Connect with Chinese People
Mandarin is the language spoken by about 12% of the world’s population.  English would account for about 5%.  (Really.  I looked it up on Wikipedia.)

And if you consider this population is the fastest growing body of eager consumers, I guess that makes learning Chinese very attractive these days.

Go where the money is!  Right?

The Real Point

Economic drivers aside, there is something else going on when we learn to communicate with people in their own language.

We connect with them.

And these connections can make learning to speak Chinese worthwhile, in addition to our other motivations.

More and more people nowadays are realizing this and seem to be doing a terrific job of learning Mandarin.

It’s quite doable!

The Awful Trap

All the same, I believe for the many successful learners of Chinese, there are at least as many who struggle and quit.

No doubt the reasons for this are complex.  But I believe it’s best to think simply, and so I like to boil it down to two evil spirits.

They go by the names of boredom and discouragement.

These two nasty fellows have made a horrible pact to try to get in the way of all of us folks who want to connect with any of those many brothers and sisters on the planet speaking Chinese.

Despicable creatures, they are.

But we can beat them.

The Secret to Learning Mandarin

My Chinese is okay these days (and getting better!) Yet I can’t help but feel that I have no particular talent for learning languages.  I can be lazy sometimes, too.  And I’m not so young anymore (though you wouldn’t know it to look at my youthful appearance ; )

But there are at least a few things, I suspect, that I do fairly well, and they seem to carry me along alright.

  • I reflect on my learning and how to do it better
  • I have found ways to keep learning interesting and fun.
  • I observe cultural norms and imitate them or even adopt them myself

All these can be taught or shared, and in one way or another, that’s what this site is about.

Remember, boredom and discouragement have set their sights on you, whether you realize it or not.  Maybe they’ve already been successfully making inroads.

That’s ok. We can start right now by exposing some of their most common devices, and then you can get on with using this site to ensure that their tricks are rendered totally impotent.

Know that these tricksters don’t want us learning practical language that we can use for real communication right out of the gate. They hate for you to feel those simple but lasting rewards when you have ever increasing moments of successful conversation.

They also would be delighted if you didn’t have plenty of expert guidance aboutChinese pronunciation.  One of their greatest victories is when you haven’t been coached properly in pronunciation and then fall flat because Chinese people can’t even understand your words.

They have all these little devices and more.

But don’t worry.  Like I’ve said, we’ve got your back.

A Secret Bonus Awaits…

I have been living in China for over ten years now, and from meeting people over the years, I’d like to report something:

You may be surprised how so many Chinese people actually yearn for our friendship, would like to learn from us,  and share with us how they think and feel.

This, in my experience, seems to be a big part of the Chinese spirit.

But you’re going to need Mandarin to get in the game.

Delay no further. There’s so much to explore.  It’s time to dig in…

Chinese Pronunciation – The Key to Good Mandarin Looking to improve Chinese pronunciation easily? With guidance from someone who has tackled those same problems, you can get past all the frustration that often comes with learning to speak Mandarin.

Easy Chinese Phrases with Mp3 Learn Chinese phrases and Chinese customs together. Listen to mp3 audio of the most useful and most interesting Mandarin phrases.

Learn Basic Mandarin with Simple Chinese Dialogs One of the best ways to learn basic Mandarin is to start listening to simple Chinese dialogs – conversations that contain Chinese phrases, words and patterns that come up again and again.

Chinese Listening with Authentic Language Improve your Chinese listening by viewing videos with speakers talking naturally.

Learn Chinese Writing – Enter the Magical World of Characters To learn Chinese writing is one of the joys of learning Mandarin. Tips for picking up pen or brush, or just learning to recognize and read characters is here in plain language.

Top Chinese Writing Symbols Revealed Top Chinese Writing Symbols: strength, peace, love, courage…gourgeous symbols loaded with meaning. Learn how to write them and what they really mean in Chinese life.

Learn to Speak Chinese – Essential Tips Here are key tips and techniques to help you learn to speak Chinese. There is no one magic Mandarin pill, but with good quality resources and sound guidance, the road to fluency is smooth.

8 Things That Make My Life in China Great This is like a little gratitude exercise. Maybe it will uplift others as well as myself as I reflect on the eight things that make my life in China great.

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