Great Ways to Learn Chinese – BBC Real Chinese Posted by sasha on Jul 7, 2014 in Culture, Vocabulary
There are so many ways to go about learning a language these that it can be overwhelming for people just getting started. Enroll in a traditional class, get a tutor, find a language partner, self study, get online, buy software – the list goes on and on. Of course, the best way you can learn Chinese is with us (wink wink), and I’m sure plenty of you are already doing just that. When it comes to language learning, though, you can always do more. This is especially true for those of us who are fortunate enough to have a decent internet connection and access to sites like YouTube, which is blocked in China. Over the next few months, I’m going to spotlight a few great ways to learn Chinese, especially online. First up, we’re jumping over the pond to see how our friends in the UK are learning Chinese.
BBC Real Chinese
The BBC put together a great mini-series about China and the Chinese language called “Real Chinese” (日常中文 – rì cháng zhōng wén – lit. “every day Chinese”). You can read all about it here on their website and follow along through their 10-part course. Topics range from a basic introduction to the country and the language up to booking a hotel, so this is great for absolute beginners who want to get a good base. You can listen to a native speaker and practice your pronunciation by repeating, and you also learn how to read the pinyin system. One of the downfalls, however, is that Chinese characters are not used at all. Of course, for many people who want to just learn how to speak Chinese, this is of little importance. As is the case with most things produced by the BBC, the videos are quite good and provide a great insight into the world of Chinese. Each episode is only 15 minutes long, so this won’t take up too much of your time. The website also has mini-guides, tests, and a few games for added practice. Here are all ten episodes of the series, in chronological order:
Episode 1 – Speak
Episode 2 – Home
Episode 3 – Education
Episode 4 – Drink
Episode 5 – Food
Episode 6 – Buy
Episode 7 – Explore
Episode 8 – Travel
Episode 9 – Leisure
Episode 10 – Entertainment
After watching all of these episodes and working through the course on their website, you should have a much better understanding of China, the people, language, and culture. Keep an eye on the blog, as we’ll be sharing more awesome resources for learning Chinese in the future. Don’t forget to learn a new Chinese word every day with us while you’re at it!
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