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I studied for 1.5 years already and I will probably study for 2 more years because I want to be able to use Chinese in a casual work setting. I don't see myself taking any formal tests as I'm more interested in speaking fluidly rather than knowing lots of non-frequent words.
So... how long do you think you will study Chinese? And why that long?
@Dave - that's cool, how did you meet your best friend if they don't speak much English? Was in language exchange or chance or...?
Welcome to join us.
Hi Edeline & welcome! I had quite a similar experience in high school with Spanish - just really didn't like it at all for a long time then came to regret it later in life. I ended up learning mostly on my own and just have to find ways to make it interesting. For me, it was watching movies I knew (but with Spanish soundtrack) and reading translations of books I read in the past.
For typing on ipad, you should be able to go to...
Settings -> General -> Keyboard then scroll down to "Keyboards" and click "add new keyboard". There you can add Chinese - Simplified (pinyin) & Chinese - Simplified (handwriting). When using the handwriting app, the stroke order is quite important for it to find the right character. I think almost as important as how the character actually appears on screen. It's good practice though.
After enabling keyboards, when you type you will see new button just to the left of your space bar, looks like a globe. Clicking that will toggle between the various keyboards you have enabled.
Let me know how it goes. Are you taking classes or just studying on your own?
Maybe this website could give you some help with Chinese characters.
For me, the short answer is I plan to study it indefinitely.
It's been a goal for my partner and I to spend some time in China together since we met and, when we get round to it, I'd like to be able to communicate with other people effectively. Learning the basics I need to get by is my first goal (ordering food, using public transport, etc.) but ultimately I'd like to be able to work and socialise in Chinese.
Hey Steven - that's great... I feel like a future trip, especially once it's booked, is a very solid motivational tool. Have you booked it yet or just a hope? I also have found that transport language is useful no matter what but that sometimes it's different regionally. You might want to lookup where you plan to go to find the more common expressions used. taxis are cheap and in shanghai at least, they always use cross streets for directions (not addresses) unless it' s major landmark. if studying indefinitely, do you have a regular study schedule to keep to?
It is great when you have a clear goal.
What kind of food you want to eat?
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