My experience of learning Chinese in Shanghai

Updated on July 23, 2021 in Learn Chinese
10 on May 25, 2018

To start learning was a pretty spontaneous decision for me, when I proudly announced it, my friends have smiled at me and even my parents thought it was just one of my crazy ideas which I wouldn‘t stick to. I also had doubts myself, since the internet is full with comments like “Chinese is the hardest language in the world” or “It takes so much time to learn Chinese it’s just not worth it”, and the idea of tones and characters just seemed very intimidating and confusing to me. But I was determined. While doing a 3 month course at my University in Germany, I also applied to study 2 semesters at the East China Normal University in Shanghai – and got accepted. It sounded surreal for me to leave my home for one year and study in a country I knew almost nothing about, except that it was very different from Europe. Beside the university course, I started doing a lot of self studying and I was surprised of how fast I was making progress. So when the time to go to Shanghai has arrived, I felt pretty confident with my Chinese – until I conversation. When registering for my dorm at ECNU‘s campus, I couldn‘t understand a single word the ladies at the reception were saying, neither did they understand my stuttering tries to form Chinese sentences. However, these experiences just motivated me more. I persisted, supplemented my Chinese classes with a lot of self studying and 8 months later I am reading books, watching movies in Chinese and feel very confident to pass HSK 5 soon. Looking back, learning Chinese was one of the biggest and best decisions of my life, not only because I had the best time of my life here in Shanghai, but also because I fell in love with the Chinese language and culture. The countrie‘s culture and history are very rich, the art and traditions diverse and interesting and the language is vastly different from European languages; you can express things in very different ways and speaking it will enable you to speak to more than one billion people who have completely different views on live and society than people in the West. I am determined to reach fluency im Chinese and I liked it so much here in China that I am even planning to come back to work here after graduation. To everyone who is interested in learning the languages I can only say: Do it. Yes it will take a lot of time and give you many headaches, nut nothing that is worth having in life is easy to get. After all, Chinese is not as hard as many suggest and the experience is so rewarding that it is worth every second.

 
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0 on June 11, 2018

Hey guys, I’m new to Chinese language.I’ve been in China for 7 months now! still feel Chinese is difficult!!😔😔😔

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0 on June 12, 2018

Speaking of foreign languages, everyone is very afraid to learn this subject, because it is not the mother tongue, but a language of another country, the middle is also quite difficult to learn but if there is passion, I believe you will. success.

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0 on December 16, 2020

Thank you!

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0 on January 7, 2021

An interesting experience, you will definitely need to take it into account in your own language learning

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0 on May 31, 2021

Visiting another country and learning the new language is a great experience for you and the real challenge. I think it is important to explore the world and turn into the new society. That is what actually broadens your vision and borders. I am the student now, and do not have the opportunity to travel a lot. Therefore, I find out about the world from online resources, and in order to prepare for my essays, I read here the samples written by experts who know what the world means. I hope one day, I will get the opportunity to learn Chinese and visit Shanghai.

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0 on May 31, 2021

Visiting another country and learning the new language is a great experience for you and the real challenge. I think it is important to explore the world and turn into the new society. That is what actually broadens your vision and borders. I am the student now, and do not have the opportunity to travel a lot. Therefore, I find out about the world from online resources, and in order to prepare for my essays, I read here the samples written by experts who know what the world means. I hope one day, I will get the opportunity to learn Chinese and visit Shanghai.

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0 on June 5, 2021

Thank you

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0 on June 15, 2021

Learning Chinese is not as difficult as it seems at first glance. I’ve been studying it for several months now, and I’ve even had some successes in this. The main difficulty that I encountered was that I needed to prepare a course project in parallel. I think that combining several things at the same time is not effective. So I turned to essay writing services, and it made my task a lot easier. I prepared well for the course project and could continue to study the Chinese language.

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0 on July 23, 2021

Oh, it is my dream to study Chinese and to visit China. I hope I could do that soon

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0 on July 23, 2021

Oh, That’s so great! That story convinced me to visit Beijing through Russia. It’s like killing two birds in one shot. Everything I have to do is getting russian visa. I already found a service that can help me with it. It says Tours…Russia And they have that trip to Chine by train! So hopefully I’ll learn a bit of Russian and a bit of Chinese…

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