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Overcoming Difficulties of Learning Chinese Language

Overcoming Difficulties of Learning Chinese Language

Are you curious how our Chinese Lessons go about at Elite Linguistic Network?

Some of the questions that might be brewing in your mind:

  • Why should I learn Chinese?
  • How long does it take to learn Chinese?
  • How will learning Chinese impact my life?
  • Is learning Chinese relevant these days?

We are more than thrilled to share with you what our students think about learning the language, what challenges do they encounter and what are the tips they have to learn the language effectively.

If you’re interested in learning the Chinese language, this piece of the story is definitely for you.

Without further ado…

Dawei, Vietnamese

Dawei, Vietnamese

Tell me about yourself:

I have been living in Singapore for more than a decade and I have been learning the Chinese language for over a year now.

What is/are your motivation(s) in learning Chinese?

I think it is useful for daily life and for work. I think Singapore is a good environment to learn Chinese and since it is an important language.

What are the challenges you encountered when learning the Chinese language?

For me, the Chinese characters itself is the challenge. As I need to memorize the characters, I find it difficult. Hence, I feel that writing and reading is the greatest challenge.

Do you have any tips for learning the Chinese language effectively?

 

“I often communicate with my friends or colleagues in Chinese.”

 

It is natural for me to speak Chinese in my daily life. People speak to me in Chinese a lot because I look a lot like a Chinese, which explains why my listening and speaking is fluent. My tip for learning the Chinese language would be communication. Try your best to speak in Chinese for the things you say in your daily life. It can even be a simple sentence like ‘Today is very hot!’ Besides this, I also read my Chinese friend’s Facebook post whenever there is one. Sometimes the post can be very simple which is easy for me to understand. Reading Chinese children books can also be very helpful as it uses basic grammar and vocabulary.

Why did you choose Elite Linguistic Network?

The locations of the lessons are great because it is near my working office, which is very convenient for me.

Do you have any comments about Lyn Laoshi (Chinese Language Teacher)?

 

“Patient and understanding.”

 

She always tries to correct our minor mistakes. I ever attended other language classes but the teachers usually skip through your mistakes without telling you, which shows that they do not focus a lot on each student. But here at Elite Linguistic Network, it’s different in a good way.


 

Ball, Thai

Ball, Thai

Tell me
about yourself:

My name is Ball. I’m from Thailand. I have been living in Singapore for 2 years and I have been learning the Chinese language for over a year now.

What is/are your motivation(s) in learning Chinese?

If I want to do business, the Chinese language is very important.

 

 

 

“I think the Chinese language will be greatly used worldwide in the future.”

 

What are the challenges you encountered when learning the Chinese language?

Chinese is absolutely different from what I used to learn when it comes to the sentence arrangement and the way how Chinese characters are written. Since I am a Thai, I am very used to the Thai characters and sentence structure. But, Chinese is very different as compared to Thai.

Do you have any tips for learning the Chinese language effectively?

Use the Chinese language more frequently. When I am in my office, I have several colleagues who are Chinese and speak Chinese. Sometimes I practice with them and I try to use it more daily to enhance my skills.

Do you have any comments about Lyn Laoshi (Chinese Language Teacher)?

 

“She focuses a lot on her students.”


Lyn Laoshi is very nice.  I feel very comfortable to learn Chinese from her, she can teach me and I can always learn a lot from her.


 

Jennifer, Filipino

Jennifer, Filipino

Tell me about yourself:

My name is Jennifer. I’m a Filipino. I have been living in Singapore for 14 years. My husband is Chinese and I have two children.

What is/are your motivation(s) in learning Chinese?

My two sons are studying in Singapore. They are both Chinese and they also study Chinese. The reason why I decided to study the Chinese language is that my children are unable to speak Chinese fluently. Whenever I meet the teachers, they will tell me that my boys are not speaking fluently in Chinese. Basically, at home, the mood of conversation is actually in English. At school, their classmates are Chinese, they find it hard to cope with and listen to instructions from their Chinese teacher. Hence, I decided to study the Chinese language and it’s also for my own work. I am working in the Retail industry, and some customers will assume that I am a Chinese and they will speak to me in Chinese.

What are the challenges you encountered when learning the Chinese language?

 

Learning Chinese takes time, patience and discipline.

 

Time is the greatest challenge for me. Learning Chinese is very time-consuming for me, especially the writing and phrasing of sentences. It’s very different when you are very fluent in English, and you need to translate into Chinese. For one to be able to speak Chinese consistently, you have to apply it at home. My husband is used to me being a Filipino, he will always speak to me in English and I will be reminding him to speak to me in Chinese instead. I am a working mom with two children; hence, time poses a really big challenge for me.

Do you have any tips for learning the Chinese language effectively?

 

Try to converse in the Chinese language even if it’s embarrassing.

 

Apply it in daily life. Simple daily activities like going to the coffee shop, I don’t really care if someone laughs at me since I am alone. If the person I am speaking to, do not understand, I will switch it to speaking English instead. The more you listen, such as learning the pronunciation from other people, the more fluent you will be in Chinese.

Why did you choose Elite Linguistic Network?

Elite comes up at the top of the list when I search using Google. The reason why I chose Elite Linguistic Network is due to the time and distance. As I am staying around this vicinity, this really suits me because it’s near to my workplace and home.

Do you have any comments about Lyn Laoshi (Chinese Language Teacher)?

 

“Very accommodating even if we over-run our lessons.”

 

This is actually a good thing for us because that will mean she teaches us more. Things that she doesn’t have time to teach us, she will give it to us as homework. Homework is time-consuming, but again, it’s for our own good.


 

Learning Chinese can be as interesting for everyone from different backgrounds. Elite Linguistic Network is the best place for you to put down your worries from your daily workload and enjoy learning Chinese together!

Special thanks to our students:
Ha, Dawei, Jona, Jennifer, and Ball.

 

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