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Mandarin Benefits and Learning Methods

Many people have a single question that crosses their minds before learning Chinese. It is “Should I solely learn Mandarin or not? Or learn Cantonese as well? First of all, I want to make it clear that if you are 100% sure that you will settle in Guangzhou and Hong Kong in the future, the answer is of course to learn Cantonese well. If you’re not sure, Then learning Mandarin is definitely a good choice for you. So, what are the Mandarin benefits? Let’s have a look together.

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1. What is Mandarin?

“Putonghua” comes from Mandarin Chinese, which means “common language” or “common language”. Mandarin is the national language of the People’s Republic of China. Every single person and institution all over the country uses this language. It is usually called standard Mandarin. Mandarin is easy to understand!

Putonghua speakers can understand each other throughout China, despite the different regional dialect differences. It is difficult for people in different places to communicate with each other in their local dialects. Mandarin is the first choice of communication. For example, in the Ming Dynasty, foreigners learned Chinese in the Nanjing dialect instead of Putonghua, because they wanted to communicate with the Chinese government in Nanjing, which is the same reason.

2. The Use of Putonghua – Mandarin Benefits

Despite the growing influence of Putonghua on the Chinese mainland, as of 2014, only about 70% of the population in China can speak Putonghua “to some extent,” although only one in ten people can proudly say that they are already fluent.  

In the past, it was uncommon in China for teachers in remote rural areas to speak Mandarin. As most children and parents in these areas can only speak local dialects, it is rare for children in these schools to master Mandarin. However, in recent years, the Chinese government has begun to correct this problem. Teachers are required to pass a specific Putonghua proficiency level before starting their education career.

Therefore, the official Putonghua proficiency test has become more and more popular in recent years.

3. How to Learn Mandarin

3.1 Set a Goal.

If you want to learn Mandarin well, you must find a goal. You can’t just learn it for the sake of fluency. After all, you are the captain of your ship, if you don’t know where to go, you’ll end up wandering the high seas. You can achieve a great event in the process of learning and enrich your life. Make breakthroughs in some aspects of life.

3.2 Learn local Songs.

Many people know that you can sing and practice Mandarin. If you have a favorite singer,  you can learn all his songs to improve your Chinese. If you got to master 5-10 of their songs, your Mandarin will definitely get better and better. There more the songs you learn,  the better your standard of Putonghua will be.

3.3 Practice your Speech.

You must always be practicing your ability to speak in public. If you happen to be a teacher or a leader, you also have this opportunity. Another good option is falling in love. This way, you can communicate with your partner by phone and voice often. Eventually, your Mandarin will certainly become better and better.

Try Dubbing. There are a lot of people who like the dubbing of various foreign dramas. You can imitate them. You can also listen to the announcer’s speech. You can imitate yourself and ask your friends to score. This is also a way to get motivation from your efforts.

Another good option is to try recording. Try repeatedly recording your speaking skills until you master them. Let yourself progress through listening and speaking. You can also join a like-minded group, and let this thing continue. The experience of learning Putonghua will be more and more, and the level will be higher and higher.

Therefore, foreigners learning Chinese is of course recommended learning Mandarin. In Confucius Institutes around the world, Mandarin is also used in teaching. When foreign students study in China, it is a necessity that they learn Putonghua. Participating in various competitions in China can also improve your Mandarin and standard Chinese. Chinese schools run by overseas Chinese are also taught in Mandarin. Therefore, overseas Chinese and ethnic Chinese in Singapore, Malaysia, and other countries speak Mandarin very well.

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