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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;
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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  • ivany78 says:

    Terima kasih kerana sudi mengambil masa mendengar presentasi saya. Saya berharap kita boleh menlanjutkan persahabatan kita selepas Polyglot Conference ini.
    IG saya adalah ivanyongweikit. Facebook juga menggunakan ID yang sama.
    Sekian terima kasih,

  • ivany78 says:

    Thank you Layza for watching it and for your kind comments. Do keep in touch after the conference.
    My IG : ivanyongweikit

  • Layza says:

    This is really good. Thank you for this presentation. Wish you the best God bless you!

  • Alexander The says:

    Hi Ivan!

    Presentasi anda sungguhlah menarik karena ini membuka satu jalan singkat untuk mencirikan karakter Cina dengan menggunakan radikal.

    Ayah saya Cina Peranakan tetapi kami di dalam keluarga tidaklah bercakap bahasa Hokkien dan juga ayah saya pun tidak boleh menulis karakter Cina, hanya boleh membaca sebahagian karakter sahaja dan ibu saya bukan orang Cina, sehingga saya pun besar berbahasa Inggeris, selepas itu dalam bahasa Melayu. Presentasi ini membantu saya untuk mencirikan dan mengartikan asas dasar daripada karakter Cina dengan lebih mudah dan juga menepis anggapan umum daripada “pictogram” dan bagaimana kita boleh mendapat tahu bagaimana menulis hanya dengan membayangkan “pictogram” sahaja.

    Terima kasih untuk presentasi anda.

  • ivany78 says:

    Thank you Andras Orisek for watching it. Hope it had helped you in some way.

  • Andras Orisek says:

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

  • ivany78 says:


    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。


    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:

    Thank you for your kind words.

  • Claudia65 says:

    A very interestin introduction to Chinese. Thank you.

  • Feilin says:


  • Feilin says:

    您好 伊凡老师,







    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:

    I am receiving an error when trying to view this presentation: “An error occurred. Please try again later. (Playback ID: zk57vH6DI2MqobMa).”

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