The biggest obstacle to learning Chinese …might be you.
You’re probably learning Chinese the wrong way
These days, research on education tells us that the ways we teach people isn’t as effective as it could be. This is most certainly true in language learning. Our model of teaching has us looking to teachers for instruction. We become conditioned to passively listening to what they teach, and as a result, most people aren’t engaged in the process. This isn’t the way it should be. You should be deciding what you learn and looking to your teachers for guidance and expertise.
Are you ready to explore Chinese?
If you really want to learn Chinese, it has to become a personal voyage. No one is going to force you to get better Chinese or achieve your goals, not your girlfriend, not your teacher, not your friend.
- Answer the following questions honestly.
- Are you learning to identify and fix your mistakes?
- Are you deciding what you want to learn, or just learning what the teacher (or book) gives you?
- Do you have short term goals and long term goals for your Chinese?
- Do you have a way to keep track of your goals and follow your progress?
If you answered no to any of these questions, you should stop and take some time to figure out why. If you’re not doing these things, the biggest obstacle you face when learning Chinese is you.