To learn English to Chinese is the desire of many people. First ask do you want to learn Mandarin or Cantonese Chinese. What is the best and fastest method? Where is the best place to learn?
After I purchased many different language-learning methods I found most were not very helpful. Some claim they can teach you a language in 10 days. Teaching methods vary, some use games some pictures.
I have learned to look closely at the advertising they express. If all they talk about is how fast you will learn, but not say how or why, I look somewhere else. If they say they will teach me as if I were a child I say I am not a child. I already know a language and how language works. What is needed for English to Chinese learning are substitute words in Chinese language. If they tell me I will learn from pictures I ask myself, can they make a picture of who, what, or where. These are great one-word questions that can really help. Much better these words than memorizing meaningless phrases that you don’t know what the individual words are.
In my quest for English to Chinese learning I have realized that the most important function of learning is remembering words. I need a way to help remember the words. I want to see them spelled in English. Spelling in a way is a picture of a word. It gives me a form to hold onto in my mind. Of course for English to Chinese studies I want to hear a native speaker say the words.
To learn English to Chinese using tools like I have just described would be easier. Chinese is a tonal language. Many people know that “nee how” is hello in Chinese. But to speak correctly you have to use the wavering tone on both syllables.
The Chinese use a system of numbers to mark tones called the “Hanyupinyin.” Mandarin Chinese has 5 tones. The first is normal or no change. The second is rising like asking a question. The third is wavering down then up. The fourth tone goes down. And the fifth is soft and light.
I have recently found a website that teaches English to Chinese. It is called the World Word Exchange. I signed up free and got a free trial lesson. The lessons are only $4 per lesson. A great feature of the site is the way the words you learn first are organized. You learn all the basic words like to, go, if, from. That makes sense because when you get to phrases you already know the individual words. The site also has a multiple choice word game that is very helpful to remember words because repetition is recall practice. You play the game over and over and you remember the words. The site also teaches grammar and it has a Chat Practice section. It is spelling practice. I can practice writing Mandarin or phonetic spelling of the Chinese words. Spelling is remembering.
Learn English to Chinese speaking anyway you can. Make sure you check out the companies hype or you will lose money like I did.
I find it is very exciting to speak and understand a new language. Good luck!