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Do Not Be Afraid of Making Mistakes When Learning Chinese

Anyone who studies Mandarin knows that making blunders can be a common thing with regards to studying this language. As a matter of fact, if you are not making errors - be they grammatical, tonal, or - every single time you open your mouth to speak, you're either not attempting very hard or you knew Chinese in a preceding life! As somebody who spent years studying Chinese the 'incorrect' way just before lastly figuring out a greater, more efficient method to study the language, I'd argue that making errors isn't just a good thing, but that it is only by making blunders that a foreign student can ever start to work towards accurate conversational fluency.
 
Obviously, no Mandarin student want to make errors which can be the exclusive purview of three and four year-old native speakers - don't forget how many times you said ni2(mud) when you actually want to say is ni3(you) .
 
It is said that the main difference between a kid and an adult mastering a language is the fact that an adult is conscious - and typically acutely self-conscious - of the numerous blunders they make when attempting to speak. It is this embarrassed self-consciousness that leads numerous of us to attempt and understand Chinese the 'wrong' but easy way. It could be frustrating and possibly embarrassing to study this way, but it's only by saying a thing incorrectly, becoming corrected, and saying it again, the right way, that you start to get a natural sense for the language and, in time, the capability to know the appropriate method to express your thoughts with self-confidence.
 
Next time when you go to coffee bar having a tall, non-fat latte, your Mandarin textbook, and a Chinese-English dictionary, consider what you happen to be about to perform and whether it's going to really do something to improve your spoken Chinese - which I think must be every single novice and intermediate learner's primary priority.
 
Sitting silently and memorizing obscure grammar guidelines is a risk-free way to pass two hours, give yourself false assurance that you are studying Chinese, and keep away from exposing yourself to the latent humiliation of saying one thing incorrectly in conversation.
 
Operating with a professional language instructor for two hours at the very same Starbucks or on-line and studying that whenever a Chinese particular person can't is really a productive use of your time.
 
Your ego might not thank you within the brief term, but within the long term you are going to be obtaining also many compliments on your authentic, colloquial Mandarin to care. So get ready and begin making mistakes!