What should I be studying?
Everyone who studies Chinese seems to understand that learning characters requires hard work and consistent effort. Many people spend an hour a day or more on just learning characters. Why don’t people feel the same way about learning tones?
After the first 2-3 months, most people don’t spend time on basic listening and pronunciation drills. It’s crazy. You can’t learn much of anything in 2-3 months (not characters, not grammar, and not pronunciation). Mastering Chinese tones takes time and practice: it’s something you should be doing all the time.
Here’s what I want you to do: every day you study Chinese characters, take 5 minutes and work on your pronunciation. Just spend 5 minutes a day (here are a few ways to practice). Your tones will thank you for it. For extra credit, try out Lingomi’s listening and pronunciation tools. We’ve recently added a basic tone test and have a strong
What percentage of your study time do you spend practicing basic sounds and tones?