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How do I start learning Chinese?
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First remember Chinese may be a little hard to learn - so please don't easily give up! It needs your patience.

Begin learning by remembering some basic words and grammar. Use the words your learned to make sentences. Find some simple Chinese articles or poems (ancient poetry is always hard, and modern poems will be much easier) to read. The same word can have many different meanings, so pay attention to the differences while reading.

Pay attention to the pronunciation - this is very important when you first learn Chinese. You can find some Chinese speeches online, try to follow their tone. Keep practicing.

Beautiful handwriting is not so important when you first learn Chinese so don't spend too much time on that - just write it clearly will be Okay.

Moreover, you'd better try to make some Chinese friends online first if you want to visit China.Because Chinese language in your textbooks can be different from that Chinese people speak in their daily lives.

And it will be cool to know some Chinese ancient poems!If you are interested in Chinese ancient poetry, you can begin to learn some easy ones. Chinese students often start learning ancient poetry by learning these poems:《静夜思》(Jingyesi by Li Bai),《登鹳雀楼》(Dengguanquelou by Wang Zhihuan)《春夜喜雨》(Chunyexiyu by Du Fu)《游子吟》(Youziyin by Meng Jiao)

Hope these will be helpful to you!

(I'm Chinese student so my English is not so good.I'm sorry if my sentences don't read smoothly.)

Aug 12, 2020, 18:32

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If you want to learn Chinese, I think we can be good friends. By the way, I also want to make friends with foreigners to learn English. I hope we can help each other. 

Sept 24, 2020, 15:20

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Woman and man are equally needed effort to study English, so do not trust the highest upvoted answer, which is full of prejudice and gender discrimination.
First, be determined to learn Chinese. 
You can never be able to have a good command of Chinese if you just  have 3-minute passion for it and giving up when you found you can't perform up to your expectations.
Second, learn pinyin, the spelling of Chinese character s. Just like phonetic symbols' position in English, pinyin plays an important role in Chinese learning. It offers a guidance to pronounce the abstract characters accurately.
What's more, you can make some Chinese friends, talking and writing in Chinese to them. Use is always the best way to study a language.
Hope these tips could be of  help to you!

Oct 27, 2020, 02:11

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          The foremost thing to do is to clear your goals, reassure yourself that you really want to learn Chinese.I'm not kidding, dude, for it might take you a long time to truly command it, a decade maybe.But If you just want to make small talks or like "excuse me ,could you please tell me where the toilet is?", then several months will do.
         Firstly, the pronunciation. Don't you give up your pursuit for a excellent pronunciation. It's OK to have some grammar mistakes for a beginner(we actually don't pay much attention nowadays), yet If your pronunciation can't make yourself understandable, then you're done for.
        Besides, when you have already improved your skills, find a Chinese and have a try. Sometimes you don't perform As well As you think for yourself. A real talk will point out your deficiency.
        Try to read some simple articles then several Masterpieces may do you some good As well.
    Good luck!

Sept 23, 2020, 17:57

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Try to find the text book of chinese kindergarden or those from low grade of primary school, do what chinese do and you will be what chinese like.
What's more, you should attempt to speak with real chinese while telling them your purpose to learn Chinese, especially with young guys,because most young chinese have learnt english in school and it's easier for you to talk with them:
When availble, in Chinese; when confused, in english

Dec 19, 2020, 15:59

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We can to be friends.

Sept 22, 2020, 17:56

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Don't be shy to get yourself a Chinese friend to enhance your Mandarin, also Chinese broadcast will  do some go to you. Hopefully It's helpful, or try an app called AC交流电. As a Chinese I would. always spend my leisure time there practicing my oral English.

Sept 24, 2020, 15:10

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It's impossible to understand the culture in Chinese so I'd like to suggest you to learn the pronunciation and accumulate the vocabulary as much as you can.

Oct 04, 2020, 12:45

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Ask around if there are any aquaintances studing Chinese and consult them for advice. Also you can make use of online resources (coursera, mooc et.) even youtubers.

Sept 25, 2020, 10:53

If you are a girl you can marry a Chinese but if you are a boy you need to study hard.

May 19, 2020, 22:29

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