learning Chinese (Mandarin)
I'm interested in learning conversational Chinese without going to the length of learning the Chinese script and wonder how I can do that with Lingq. I am already a member and can access all the lessons, but it seems it all requires learning the Chinese script. Is this the case? If that's the case I would like to draw on other learning resources where this is not necessary. Any suggestions?
December 24 at 02:23
Not learning the script will hold you back massively. Learning mandarin is a huge task, might aswell put in the extra effort to learn the script. As you get better at the language, knowing the script makes things a lot easier.December 25 at 19:23
Thanks David. Yes, I understand and well taken. Hmmm...I might get to this point but before that I will try to learn some of the basics without going to the length of learning the script.December 26 at 03:42
"Not learning the script will hold you back massively. "
For the first few years, this simply isn't true.
What OP is proposing is actually the most efficient way to go about learning Mandarin.
You can dive into characters from the start, for sure, but it isn't a requirement and it is not how the 99.99999999% of all successful Mandarin learners go about it.
For background on the science of when and how to start learning characters - see my comment in this post -
fwiw, my own view on starting Mandarin is in this post here -December 31 at 07:57
>99.99999999% of all successful Mandarin learners go about it.
I guess I'm the minority. Or your numbers are off.
Seems like the study you reference there is one of Chinese people learning to read. I'm not sure what relevance that has to adult learners.January 14 at 10:04
I agree. Unless you are young and immersed in a Chinese environment, trying to learn Chinese as Chinese children do, is hopeless and likely ineffective.
I do believe you should spend a few months on pinyin only and tones. However, if you want to break past the "phrases for tourist" stage, you must learn characters.February 07 at 10:11
Learning to read characters is not that difficult. Writing is the difficult part. I personally believe learning to read charterers is worth the effort because it allows you to access significantly more content and no matter what your approach is you will need to study a massive amount of content. Once you get past super basic content finding pinyin transcripts will be a pain in the butt. With the extra time it would take you to work around not using characters you could probably learn to read them.December 31 at 12:17