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Homework Help: How To Do Your Chinese Assignments Efficiently

It’s always difficult to learn a foreign language, but when it comes to Chinese, it’s twice as hard. Mastering Chinese is quite a challenging task. To speak, your mouth and tongue should take up unusual positions. To listen, you have to be a musician, because all the slightest gradations of tones are to be caught. To write, you have to be an artist, and know exactly how to hold the pen and write all these curious hieroglyphics. To read, you should study the meaning of the characters over and over again until at least three thousands of them remain in your head, which is enough to read a newspaper. If you want to progress in Chinese, you have to work a lot. This should happen not only in class, but at home as well when doing your homework. The following tips will help you do your Chinese assignments efficiently:

  1. Learn the basics.
  2. Starting from the very first class, be sure to understand the basics very well. The introductory Chinese courses are rather manageable, and it is necessary that you learn these lessons well because the next steps are going to be harder and harder.

  3. Keep doing your assignments.
  4. Be consistent and do all your home tasks. If you fail to do the homework, it will influence you later, and this knowledge gap will be very inappropriate one day. Do all the simple assignments daily, practice your pronunciation by means of Chinese chants (as one of the tasks from the phonetics class), learn to stroke the hieroglyphics, and keep memorizing their meanings day by day. If you tend to make many mistakes in your assignments, try to find a Chinese native speaker who will agree to proofread your homework.

  5. Review daily.
  6. Take 20-30 minutes a day to review and go back over the previous lessons. Revise the Chinese vocabulary that you learned before, work with phonetics (you probably have an mp3 formatted version of your workbook), and try to write down a few characters in a proper way.

  7. Participate in language clubs or language tables.
  8. Some colleges organize the so-called “language tables,” or foreign language-speaking clubs. These are where you can communicate more informally and naturally with the other students, professors, or other people that are into Chinese.

  9. Practice your language.
  10. Listen to Chinese on an online radio, watch foreign videos (not necessarily movies, but some cartoons for younger learners will do), look for some Chinese songs on the Internet, and listen to them in the evenings. Find a new friend from China to practice your language in an informal atmosphere.