Want to learn Chinese? Then stay away from class!

Travel | by China Travel
Posted: November 15th, 2010 | Updated: May 6th, 2011 | Comments
learn chinese The Beijinger blog is always a source of useful info for navigating daily life in China's capital but today it's a wider ranging guest post that has caught our eye—Jason's Guide to Chinese. Blogger Jason Sharp breaks it down for all you hard-studying wannabe Mandarin-speakers out there with some hard-hitting and somewhat radical advice: "Step One. Give up your Chinese classes." It may seem insane off the bat but read through and you'll see he's actually talking a lot of sense—and I particularly like the comment at the end that suggests getting a little creative with the truth to expand your vocabulary and conversational comfort zone. As for skipping classes, Jason explains:
Outsourcing language learning to a teacher isn’t effective. The system is passive. Learning is achieved while active. Unless you’re paying a private tutor, you’re probably sharing learning time with someone else. When you’re on your own, you never have to wait. Other problems with classes: –Rather than learning what you need, you’re learning mostly formalities and grammar. That’s great if you want to be a Chinese teacher, but you’re not getting any closer to winning the next argument with your Chinese girlfriend.
Want to see what else he's got to say? Head over to read the full post at How to Learn Chinese: First get out of school!
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