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3 methods and ideas for improving Spoken Chinese

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<div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>3 Methods and ideas for improving Spoken Chinese.</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>Hello I'm a foreign student, I've been in China for overall 3 years and have been studying Chinese for a little less than 3 years.</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>&nbsp;My level of Chinese is perhaps advanced intermediate and I'm slowly going to make my way to advanced over the course of the next few months by trying different methods.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>I'm sure readers will be surprised upon learning that I'm only advanced intermediate and not advanced or upper advanced after 3 years, but well let me explain myself.</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>My main goal since coming to China has always been to learn Chinese but I was derailed from this by own personal problems quite a few times along the way.</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>I never realized living and learning Chinese in China would present so many personal struggles along the way, some of which I can not talk about openly on this blog.</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>Despite these hurdles, I've still taken away quite a bit on how to learn Chinese as an Adult learner, I used to have a lot of unrealistic expectations and mentalities about learning Chinese, however after having spent enough quality time studying I've come to realize what a good Foreign Chinese speaker sounds like and what studying methods and principles he may (everyone is different) need to employ to get there.</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>One method that a chinese learner at any level can employ is keeping &nbsp;a concurrent journal of their studies. The journal itself can include anything it just needs to be current and clearly organized. Some examples that a beginner may keep is a list of common related words and simple sentences i.e. furniture, sofa, couch, chair</div><div>where is the chair, is the couch soft, how much for this chair. In my attached photos you can see some examples of the notes I keep, currently I'm studying the usage of various characters and reviewing grammer points.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>It's important to review and reinforce the content everynow and again. reinforcing the content means applying it, afterall you won't remember any of the content unless you use it in spoken or written communication. I've applied it in the following ways: review it every now and again, making and saying a few of my own example sentences off the top of my head,</div><div>before meeting a Chinese friend I've looked through the notebook and made a list of sentences I might need to say during our conversation.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>The next potential step in this notebook method is consolidating and review, this means looking back at all the information and trying to simplify it.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>On to the next method, this one deals with oral communication, making plans that somehow involve you exercising your language abilities, in other words making Chinese missions. for a beginner this type of Chinese mission may be as simple as heckling over the price of some small trinket, I'm sure any Chinese learner remembers how stressful that experience was with their limited Chinese skills, for an Advanced learner this would be something far more complex like having private classes with a personal trainer in the gym. For this kind of mission you would have to do some research. Note though that how effective this time is depends on how much effort you've put into your studying, I know a lot of people reading may think that you can learn Chinese purely through immersion, but that can only get one so far, Chinese is very different from English so If your native language is English or a language not in the same language family as Chinese, learning Chinese will involve a signifigant amount study.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div>The first method was for consolidation and functionality, the second method was application, the last method is taking the lead in something using Chinese. This could mean organizing a small hobby group, making a speech in Chinese in front of Chinese people, participating in the 汉语桥, anything where you have to use Chinese in a sophisticated and organized way. This is by far the most significant and difficult method of improving Chinese language ability. Doing this method esentially consolidates your knowledge of Chinese and your spoken ability and unlike the other two methods it is very obvious where your limititions lie. In fact some people may overstimate themselves in these kind of missions and realize that they have to give up half way. I myself have not done enough of this method, I've presented a speech a few times but I never felt that the process was long enough that it showed the true limits of my language ability. I also tried to direct a small English play with college students that could read and write English but couldn't speak it, communicating all the little details took more time than I had so I had to give up halfway. In the future this is something I Have to work on. Anyway that's all for this article. If anybody reading has any questions, comments, or perspectives please let me know!&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br></span></div><div><br></div>

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Need tp edit this get rid of all the <>/span etc so can read and understand easier

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