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How to have Fun while Studying Chinese

Just like many other people, when I started to study Chinese, I had to face a lot of difficulties. I asked myself things like: Will I ever be able to produce those sounds and tones correctly? Or: How would I be able to learn all of those characters? Of course studying is a lot of hard work and if you want to study a language you will never stop learning. But then I found my ways to have some fun while studying.
This is basically about the spoken language, because there is no other way but to study the characters a lot, if you want to be able to memorize them.

Study Chinese Characters
InternChina – Study Chinese Characters

No.1 Listen to music

Do you like music? Then find some good Chinese songs from your favourite music genre and start listening. Maybe you can find the lyrics in Chinese and pinyin, sometimes they have translations too. It also helps a lot to sing along, because you can practice your pronunciation and in music, as it’s all about the melody, the tones aren’t that important. Also remember going to Karaoke, or as the Chinese call it, KTV. This is one of Chinese people’s most favourite past-times, where you can make friends and have a lot of fun.

InternChina - S.H.E.
InternChina – S.H.E.

No. 2 Watch movies or TV

I started getting interested in China after my first Jackie Chan movie and I have always liked to watch movies. Then I also found my love for Asian television drama. When you watch Chinese movies you can put on subtitles first so you know what’s going on. Chinese movies and TV usually have Chinese subtitles, too, so if you’re already good, try to read along. Whilst watching you can practice your listening comprehension and also learn about Chinese culture. As Chinese love to make their own history into movies, you can learn about the main events in a faster way than reading a book. And if you meet Chinese people you will have something fun to talk about.

No. 3 Learn tongue twisters

I know it can be a little hard and maybe people will laugh at you first, but it’s still fun. It will help you with your pronunciation and studying the tones, because Chinese tongue twisters are also mainly about the tones. If you listen to the song 中国话Zhōngguóhuà by Taiwanese girlgroup S.H.E. you can hear some famous tongue twisters. You can also teach Chinese people your country’s tongue twister and laugh at them. 😉 Here is a really simple one for the first try:
四是四,十是十,十四是十四,四十是四十。
sì shì sì, shí shì shí, shí sì shì shí sì, sì shí shì sì shí.
Four is four, Ten is Ten, Fourteen is Fourteen, Forty is Forty.

No. 4 Learn how to say and read your favourite dishes

As food is an important thing here in China and there are so many different dishes, you will have to find out which food you like and how to order it. In the meantime you can also study a lot of useful vocabulary that has to do with food, such as different types of vegetables or meat. You can combine studying and enjoying a delicious meal. Every city or region has their own special dish. The city I’ve studied in is famous for 扬州炒饭 Yángzhōuchǎofàn, which you can get in Chinese restaurants all over the world, but it still tastes the best in Yangzhou. 😉

Yangzhou Chaofan
InternChina – Yangzhou Chaofan

No. 5 Find a language partner

Of course the best way to learn a language is to speak it and with a native speaker it’s the most efficient. So if you are still in University you should find out if there is a program to find a language partner or you can try to make Chinese friends via the internet. You can do all the fun things you do with your other friends and improve your Chinese at the same time. The easiest way to learn is if you come to China, because you will quickly find friends whom you can practice Chinese with.

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Kenny’s Movie Review

Yesterday we posted a blog on learning Kung Fu so today, Kenny follows up with a review on his favourite Kung Fu movie.

InternChina-The-Grandmaster
InternChina- The Grandmaster

When it comes to movies, action and horror themes are amongst my favourite. Today I am going to talk about a Chinese action and Kung Fu movie named “The Grandmaster”一代宗师. The movie centres about the life of kung Fu master Yip Man and the people around him. Personally I found that the most impressive characters were Ruomei Gong宫若梅 and Lao Jiang 老姜.
A headstrong woman, Ruomei Gong sacrificed her life to become a Taoist, a monk who cannot marry. In ancient China, once a girl marries into another family, she loses her family name and hence belongs to her husband’s family. Despite her love for Yip Man, she converted to Taoism to preserve her name and her father’s honour.

InternChina-Ruomei-Gong-of-The-Grandmaster
InternChina- Ruomei Gong of The Grandmaster

Lao Jiang, formerly an executioner, was accepted by the Gong family to act as a caretaker for Ruomei Gong. Even after the death of Ruomei’s father, he still accompanied her. I especially liked his character, because he expressed such unparalleled faith and affection.
My favourite words from the movie were: “世间上所有的相遇 都是久别重逢” (The encounters on this world are all just reunions after long separation.)
If you enjoy watching Kung Fu movies, I definitely recommend it!

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