Is it possible to learn Mandarin Chinese within six months? 25052018

Is it possible to learn Mandarin Chinese within six months?

Mandarin Chinese is said to be one of the most difficult languages to learn. Many students who are keen to make good progress quickly will with the help of the Museum of Knowledge team learn Mandarin Chinese within six months. One of the first considerations students who wish to learn Mandarin Chinese must bear in mind is the importance of regular practice, time and dedication. Not all students have the time to commit to regular hours and all students learn Mandarin Chinese at a different pace, and these factors will in turn greatly affect the impact of the language learning process and how quickly a student can expect to learn Mandarin Chinese.

Due to the perceived difficulty associated with learning Mandarin Chinese and for those especially whose first language may adopt either Latin or Germanic sentence structures, learning a new alphabet is one of the prominent barriers to swiftly learn Mandarin Chinese. For this reason, the Museum of Knowledge team would encourage students who have a strict timeline of six months to learn Mandarin Chinese to undertake classes of 15-20 hours per week. These Mandarin Chinese classes may include a mixture of grammar and syntax as well as exploring all disciplines of Mandarin Chinese language learning; reading, writing, listening and speaking.

First, the most important aspect that students of Mandarin Chinese will need to embark on would be to learn the new alphabet and characters specific to Mandarin Chinese. This structured learning may be combined with some simple exercises that will assist with general comprehension. Even in this case, with intense Mandarin Chinese language courses, it is more realistic for students to expect to learn Mandarin Chinese within six months with consideration given to specific language comprehension disciplines such as reading and writing. The need to also grasp vocabulary and cultural meanings will be key for the student’s endeavour to learn Mandarin Chinese within six months.




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Does learning two languages at the same time slow down learning?  

The Museum of Knowledge team is often asked if learning two languages at the same time slows down learning. One of the greatest challenges a language learner may face when trying to learn more than one language at a time is confusing words from various languages or speaking in one language and then suddenly making mistakes, by using vocabulary from the second language. For those who have already mastered learning a language, it is far easier to then commence learning a second language, to learn new phrases and vocabulary that are distinct from the first language.

There are of course similarities between certain Latin languages. Sentence constructions for those who learn French and those who learn Spanish are in some cases, structured in a similar way, with nouns, verbs and adverbs placed in a similar order within a given sentence. In fact some language learners may find learning two languages at a time to be very useful as the more exposure to languages as a whole, the easier it is to absorb techniques such as verb conjugation, gender uses, noun placements and verb tenses.

In conclusion, the Museum of Knowledge team would advise that if the speed of learning a language is the most important part of learning for a student, language learners should start one language for at least six months before embarking on learning a second language.



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After listening to a language, how long will it take to fully understand it?

The Museum of Knowledge team is often asked, after listening to a language how long will take to understand it? Best practice for language learning most certainly includes adopting well-known techniques such as immersion learning. Immersion learning can include listening to audio descriptions, radio excerpts and verbal conversations. The benefits of learning a language by listening to structured dialogue include;

  • Understanding how words and phrases are pronounced
  • Understanding and being able to express yourself using different accents
  • Becoming familiar with intonations in the spoken language form

Learning a language by listening to various dialogues should not be carried out in isolation. Listening and repetition is imperative in order to ensure successful comprehension and rapid progress. Listening skills, based on structure is also important so that words spoken can be fully understood. These words are utilized within a context, a topic or key subject area. Because of this, it is helpful to become familiar with some words and phrases in respect of a specific subject area prior to listening to dialogue.

Taking into consideration topical subject matters such as business meetings for example, an area of focus could be negotiating contracts, in which case, understanding the terminology and vocabulary used in such dialogues and subject matters would be preferential ahead of engaging in listening to the dialogue. The more vocabulary known and understood in advance, the quicker it will be to fully understand spoken dialogue. Advanced knowledge of a language would also enable listeners to understand such dialogue with high levels of competency within three months.

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Museum of Knowledge tips: How can I learn a language quickly?

The Museum of Knowledge often comes across students who are seeking a new way to learn a language quickly. However, the museum attests that it is equally important to learn a language effectively. The essence of true language learning should enable students to progress and reach new heights of competency and fluency in the language they are learning.

One of the techniques the Museum of Knowledge uses to help students learn a language quickly is to use various immersion techniques. Practice makes perfect, as does repetition. An important aspect of rapid language learning is the importance of time and dedication. The more the student practices the more the student will progress.

If the student is learning a language from scratch and can commit to three hours of lessons three to four times a week, progress will be extremely rapid indeed. However to commit to this schedule, it is far easier if the student is not distracted by other studies or commitments that will take the student’s focus away from this goal. This is by far one of the most intensive, immersion techniques a student can undertake.

During the three-month period, language learners should focus on grammar, syntax and spelling. Embarking on structured, immersion language courses such as those offered by the Museum of Knowledge is an effective way to develop confidence and competency with students able to access language course modules online at any time.

Specialized online modules can be of great assistance as language competency is directly related to reading comprehension. This in itself can assist language learners considerably so that they can communicate with ease. Reading comprehension exercises offered at the Museum of Knowledge can assist language learners with writing, listening and speaking skills and it is the reading skills the Museum of Knowledge suggests language learners commence before embarking on other modules as reading comprehension is the foundation of knowledge and the basis of developing other skills.

Other language learning immersion techniques include games, watching structured visual materials, listening to audio materials and speaking with others who speak the same language or the target language the student is learning.