How to Learn to Speak Fluent Mandarin Chinese – Step 2

Laying a Solid Foundation in Chinese After you are familiar with Chinese pronunciation and how Mandarin is represented in the Roman alphabet using the Pinyin system, you are ready to start the core of your study. There are a number of beginner’s courses that you can use, and each has its strong and weak points. Different courses will be more suited to different people, and I will talk about some in another post. You might like to try a few out and see which one you like. However, at the Continue Reading

How to Learn to Speak Fluent Mandarin Chinese – Step 1

How to Learn Chinese - Part 1 Getting familiar with the Sounds of the Language and Pronunciation Before you start to learn Chinese intensively, you need to be familiar with the sounds of the language. Mandarin has a number of sounds that are very different from English and other commonly spoken languages. It also has 4 tones (four different ways of pronouncing any given syllable). You need to be familiar with the phonemes of the language and the tones (producing them and recognising Continue Reading