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Learning basic Chinese

Postby Takkie » Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:06 pm

Hello,

New to this forum. Most likely i will be in Shanghai for 3 years for work!

I want to learn basic chinese to communicate from zero off course.

My question is, how long it might take and what will be the cost for a house tutor?

Any tips will be great.

My email is . rkpoplu@gmail.com
Thanks in advanced
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby MadViv » Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:17 am

i suspect each person's learning curve and each tutor's teaching capability are different. I've seen a few people with zero Chinese skills take one hour of private tutoring (one to thrice a week) before work and they still cannot communicate after three months.

Personally, unless you are skilled with languages and/or make a concerted effort to study consistently, I would go with a more structured learning environment. The language programs at the universities (Fudan/Jiaotong/Tongji/etc) are pretty good. A colleague did a year of part time (3 hours/day, 5 days/week) and can get around without a problem. I did a year at Fudan during college and while I speak colloquial Chinese quite fluently I just signed myself up for part-time Business Chinese classes later this year (2.5 hours/day, twice a week, after work) to refresh.
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby Takkie » Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:03 pm

I donno if I can join in college as I will have work from 9 to 5.
So, i prefer house tutor. Any idea what would be cost?
Its just basic language skill i wanna have to do day to day communication.

Here is the story of my colleague when we were working abroad ( I was in Turkey and he was in Shanghai). He wanted to buy a body lotion and really struggle and got one. Once he has started to use it, he felt kinda wired, his skin was sticky.
So when he went to shower, he has whole body got full of foam. Then he realized that he bought shower gel instead.
And this is what I want to avoid, Lmao.
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby MadViv » Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:49 pm

The JiaoTong Uni program I signed up for is from 6:30-9pm at night. March - June, <7kRMB.

One private tutor company I know of charges 150rmb/50min class which must be purchased in increments of 10.
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby Shanghai Noob » Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:45 pm

My teacher charges around 150 kuai an hour, she’s qualified, provides materials and has contributed to some recognised books. She comes to my house and is happy to rearrange by wechat. I have one lesson a week (except when I’m traveling, on holiday, in a full day meeting) which averages out at 50 hours a year, not exactly much.

I started learning before I came to China and worked my way through some of the ‘Chinese with Mike’ series on youtube as well as some other online/ video stuff. There’s also some decent vocabulary apps, I used a couple to revise the week before my exams.

All in all (even after 2.5 years) my Chinese is totally rubbish but I’m ok getting about in taxis, restaurants, bars, asking the odd direction etc. Survival-lite. I passed HSK I and II, more to put on my CV than anything else. Doing an hour a week and pretty much not revising (I’m fairly lazy) I don't think you will get much further. Also, I’m not here to learn Chinese but I found that every scenario that I could scrape by with a little Chinese takes the pressure off and means I can relax a bit more and enjoy China.

I know people who have learnt loads in a year with some intensive Uni courses and half day sessions plus actually revising and chatting to their ayi, having Chinese friends and chatting to colleagues helps. But then I also know people who have been here for several years that cannot communicate their own address in Chinese.

None of the above would help me buy moisturiser rather than shower gel though. Pleco dictionary probably would help.

Or was your post just a convoluted way to go on a date with a hot Chinese student?
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby Jack116 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:08 pm

[OP asked for advice about costs, timing. Was not soliciting responses from Tutors. Edited by Mod51]
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby Takkie » Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:16 pm

Shanghai Noob wrote:My teacher charges around 150 kuai an hour, she’s qualified, provides materials and has contributed to some recognised books. She comes to my house and is happy to rearrange by wechat. I have one lesson a week (except when I’m traveling, on holiday, in a full day meeting) which averages out at 50 hours a year, not exactly much.

I started learning before I came to China and worked my way through some of the ‘Chinese with Mike’ series on youtube as well as some other online/ video stuff. There’s also some decent vocabulary apps, I used a couple to revise the week before my exams.

All in all (even after 2.5 years) my Chinese is totally rubbish but I’m ok getting about in taxis, restaurants, bars, asking the odd direction etc. Survival-lite. I passed HSK I and II, more to put on my CV than anything else. Doing an hour a week and pretty much not revising (I’m fairly lazy) I don't think you will get much further. Also, I’m not here to learn Chinese but I found that every scenario that I could scrape by with a little Chinese takes the pressure off and means I can relax a bit more and enjoy China.

I know people who have learnt loads in a year with some intensive Uni courses and half day sessions plus actually revising and chatting to their ayi, having Chinese friends and chatting to colleagues helps. But then I also know people who have been here for several years that cannot communicate their own address in Chinese.

None of the above would help me buy moisturiser rather than shower gel though. Pleco dictionary probably would help.

Or was your post just a convoluted way to go on a date with a hot Chinese student?



Thanks a lot, i appreciate it! And no, finding a date through this is not way i can think of.
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby CarrieZhou » Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:06 pm

[OP asked for advice about costs, timing. Was not soliciting responses from Tutors or schools. Edited by Mod51]
Most efficiency your Chinese studying time !
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby sconstance » Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:11 pm

[OP asked for advice about costs, timing. Was not soliciting responses from Tutors or schools. Edited by Mod51...sigh]
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby JasonMa17 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:49 pm

I am gonna help you for free, hopefully you already learned a lot in this month already. I will back to Australia in a week, by the way, I am Chinese.

If you want we can have a coffee.

wechat: 498153499
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby gustavochen » Thu May 19, 2016 4:38 pm

leave me alone, just wanna get 50 post and send an new one
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby jizhicheng » Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:50 pm

its depends on how frequency you using chinese. And normally ,it takes 1 year at least. BTW, pls try to consider apply one new mailbox ,maybe by www.qq.com or others,coz its more local.Google & Gmail is blocked here. :shock:

Takkie wrote:Hello,

New to this forum. Most likely i will be in Shanghai for 3 years for work!

I want to learn basic chinese to communicate from zero off course.

My question is, how long it might take and what will be the cost for a house tutor?

Any tips will be great.

My email is . rkpoplu@gmail.com
Thanks in advanced
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby Adrienne » Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:40 pm

When at home try to keep Chinese TV shows or radio on in the background. The talkback shows are great I reckon as just standard banter. News will do your head in!

Good luck

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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby sunch » Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:14 pm

I'm fluent in chinese ..cause I'm chinese . anyone want to learn chinese can talk to me
captain fantastic :D
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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby Adrienne » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:07 am

In addition to my advise on LISTENING to as much Chinese as you can possibly get into your head, you must learn the BASICS OF GRAMMAR or it's not worth wasting your time.

My father spoke many languages and taught me the basics as a template to learn and languages. I am soooooooooooooooo grateful to have learn this and know Japanese and Chinese at a reasonable level.

Languages are really just like formulas and if you have a science maths background I believe you can grasp them quicker.

All the very best.

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Re: Learning basic Chinese

Postby dorianR » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:08 pm

My advice is start to follow podcasts it's very useful
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