Learning to speak a little Chinese can make your trip more enjoyable.
Here is a few tips that can help you to achieve conversational fluency in Chinese fast and still having lots of fun in the process.
Learn to speak day to day Chinese first.
Chinese is a complex language.
Before you get lost in the grammar, the characters, learn to speak the words, the phrases and sentences that Chinese people use in everyday life.
A good learning tool should enable you to download conversation drills on your mp3 player or your iPod, so you can listen to them while you are on the go, running errands or whenever and wherever that is convenient for you.
Learn to speak Chinese is not enough.
Chinese culture is intriguing and drastically different from that of ours.
Understanding Chinese culture will be helpful to better communication.
You will be more confident about what you are saying is not offensive or inappropriate under the circumstances.
Learn to recognize basic Chinese characters.
If you can recognize about five hundred Chinese words, you are off to a very good start.
You should look for tools with multimedia features that make interactive learning experience possible.
The tools you use should allow you to associate a picture to the word and its pronunciation.
Like learning anything, you will need a support system where you can ask questions and get answers.
If you don't have a Chinese speaking friend, the second best thing is to find such forums on the internet.
Don't be afraid of making mistakes.
People often learn from their mistakes.
Learn to speak Chinese is no different.
Welcome correction and criticism and you will find yourself getting better at it.
Learning a new language can open up a new world for you.
Learn to speak Chinese doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming.
Stay motivated and be realistic.
Even being able to express yourself in the most basic sentences in a new language can be rewarding.
Remember, it is important to have fun in the process.