Sometimes students who are learning mandarin are confused about learning with television. Television is great for learning Chinese. The pictures make it easier to understand than radio and because you can see who’s talking, you get a better idea of what people mean. The biggest secret is just watch their “body language”!
Watch programs that you find enjoyable – whatever you watch will help you to improve your Chinese.
Here’s a guide to learning as much as possible while watching Chinese television:
Only watch Chinese programs you find interesting.
Learning Chinese should be fun – not something you have to force yourself to do. If you have a passion for nature, watch the animal world or natural news.
Keep a notebook
Keep a notebook near to your television, so that you can jot down any new mandarin words or expressions that you hear. This is especially useful if the program you are watching has been subtitled into your language.
Try to watch Chinese television regularly.
Even if you can only watch 15 minutes a day, you’ll be amazed how much you learn.
Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything
Chinese television is normally aimed at native Chinese language speakers. Programmers often include difficult words and expressions. If the program you’re watching is full of unknown words, just concentrate on understanding the general meaning.
Even cartoons and children’s programs are useful
When learning Chinese and quiz shows are useful for learning how to ask and answer questions in Chinese. There are many simple Chinese words in Chinese cartoon movies or children’s channels. So if you are a beginner, you can learn Mandarin words and talk to your friends by using simple Mandarin words.
Keep a note of television programs
Keep a note of television programs and presenters that you find easy to understand and try to watch them regularly. Doing this will increase your confidence and give you a sense of achievement.