chinese-language tip

Learn phrases, not words

Fluency is being able to speak without hesitation. If you learn English words one at a time, it will be very hard not to hesitate when constructing sentences. That’s because you’ll have to translate every English sentence in your head from your native language, word by word. There is another way: learning new words as part of a common phrase can ease mental strain when speaking. To take a very basic example, if you are learning the word “tonight,” it would help to try and learn the whole phrase “tonight, I am going to.” This way, when you need to discuss your plans for the evening, your brain has half of the reply pre-prepared — there’s less pausing and thinking involved. Learning lists of phrases in a new language is also known as “sentence mining”. Fans claim that it makes them able to use new vocabulary faster, and memorize its grammar more naturally. Not sure which sentences to start with? Try this free list complete with audio recordings or invest in an ebook like this one.