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How To Be Fluent In Chinese Stop Learning How to Write

If you are an adult learning Chinese as a foreign language, you may have been overwhelmed by the difficulty of having to learn all 3 skills;
1.Speaking
2. Reading
3. Writing
It’s a common problem even for Chinese descendants who have never learned Mandarin when they were young. Mastering all 3 skills will slow you down and cause one to lose motivation.
The simple hack is really to stop doing number 3 — stop learning how to write the Chinese characters.

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14 Comments

  • Andras Orisek says:

    Very interesting! Good idea to analyse the radicals of each character.

  • ivany78 says:

    @Feilin
    謝謝您。其實,您的中文比我很多的馬來西亞華僑朋友更好。你的努力真的讓我佩服。

    我也有同樣的看法,漢字很美,充滿我們漢人的歷史,文化等等。 還有,一兩個漢字已經可以代表了很多意思,思想,感情,英文又時也很難做得到。

    為了讓其他人可以看到我的故事,下來的解釋我會用英文,好嗎?

    I am a Malaysian Chinese and I received my formal education in Malay (our national language) and English as a second language from the first day I entered school.

    However, there are also Chinese government schools whereby the order of language taught is Malay, Chinese and English; whereby the con is that English is taught the least. However, there are those although not many, who achieved high level proficiency in all three.

    As for me, since I don’t learn it in school, my mother speaks to me at home and I have private tutoring which began to bore as learning the characters was taking its toll. And I begin to wonder how I can learn it faster and better; to be able to read what I want. That’s how I discover “recognising characters” first and learning to write it later.

    These days, I tend to read more history books in English, Japanese manga, and any French articles that I find interesting.

    I also started writing poetry (rondeau for English) and pantun (Malay). If you would like, we can connect on Instagram –> ivanyongweikit

  • ivany78 says:

    @Claudia65
    Thank you for your kind words.

  • Claudia65 says:

    A very interestin introduction to Chinese. Thank you.

  • Feilin says:

    我已经看到我打错了几个字。。。
    *个人特点
    *每天

  • Feilin says:

    您好 伊凡老师,

    感谢您给我们分享您的教育方法。

    我很同意,开始学习汉语时,老师不应给学生太多压力来学习写汉字。而且,如果学生觉得手写是一个很大的挑战,那么一开始的时候,不应该集精力于写汉字。但是我认为每个人的学习习惯都不一样。在决定学习计划之前,学生要先了解他的长处和短处。

    自从我开始学习中文以来,我就一直在按照笔顺规则写字。我首先学到了部首和笔顺,后来练习阅读和写作比较顺利。因为我有点诵读困难,所以对我来说,朗读汉字比拉丁字母表容易。

    我感觉手写很威风凛凛。每次当人手写我觉得很神奇。我们的笔迹可以表达我的个人特色。如果我想寄给朋友一封信,用手写感觉很热情,收到信的人可以感到人在现场。我读诗歌的时候也喜欢抄写,不是因为一定想记住手写汉字,而是因为我想思考诗歌的含义。

    我也很同意您的看法,即成年人应该读适合其年龄的材料。我喜欢读中文的诗歌以及艺术和新闻有关的文章。因为我对内容感兴趣,所以我有灭天读书的动力。您喜欢读什么样的书?

    事事顺利,锦绣前程
    龙霏林

    PS: 您想用繁体字回答的话,也没问题。
    PPS 如果我在语法上有任何错误,可以随时告诉我。谢谢

  • ivany78 says:

    Hi Elise,

    First and foremost, thank you for your comments; really appreciate it.

    You are definitely right about the beauty in the Chinese characters. There is so much cultural heritage hidden in them.

    Personally, I learned Simplified Chinese first and then I picked up Traditional Chinese as I find the strokes and the meaning hidden in traditional characters to be so fascinating.

    In fact, in this strategy of mine, it works better with traditional Chinese characters.

    My message is really about acquiring the reading skill first before writing.

    All the best in your language studies.

  • ivany78 says:

    Thank you, everyone, for listening to the presentation and for your feedback.

    Really appreciate it.

  • Elise says:

    Every Chinese person ever has always told me not to learn how to write Chinese characters because it’s useless in the modern era of typing. However, I strongly disagree. It might be better not to immediately start with writing yes, I definitely agree that reading is more important, especially to get the basics. However, the way I memorised all the radicals real fast was by writing them. I think once you are familiar with the stroke order, it really isn’t that hard anymore. You can then often guess how a character is written.

    I also see writing as part of the cultural heritage, so no matter how many times I’m gonna hear that I should stop learning how to write Chinese characters, that’s exactly what I’m gonna keep doing 😉 But I still enjoyed your presentation so thank you!

  • Amanda Gillis says:

    @Anja. Yes, thank you. I was able to view it successfully. 🙂

  • Anja Spilker says:

    @amanda and @mateto: We did have a problem with the link of this video. But you should be able to watch it now. Enjoy 😉

  • Julia B. says:

    I can view the presentation just fine.

  • Mateo says:

    Just to confirm, I am having the same error.

  • Amanda Gillis says:

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