Studying Chinese can feel very passive. Your teacher or textbook tells you what to study, and you just sit back and try to take it in. If this sounds like you, you need to take control.
If you’re not in control of your study, you’ll be less interested in the material. Less interest will lead you down the path to giving up.
Studies show that those who don’t feel in control of their lives are less successful. The same is true for studying Chinese. The most successful students actively seek things to study.
Here are some steps to take:
- Start talking: You might not be able to discuss the finer points of French literature, but you can start learning how to discuss topics you find interesting.
- Start writing: Go to lang8 and start writing a Chinese blog. Lang8 has a huge community of users who are willing to help you improve your writing skills.
- Start watching: Heard of youku? It’s the YouTube of china and it’s full of tv shows, movies and clips. (Try Meteor Garden 流星花园 if you don’t know what to watch.)