The More, The Merrier! Little dragon, one more piece of advice before you fly off on your own. Once you’ve said yes to new adventures, find old and new friends to join you on them. The more, the merrier, especially when it comes to learning Chinese.
Did you try to build your focus? Did Confucius’s proverb help you? I bet you’re on the right path to building patience! It takes time, but don’t worry you’ll master it soon. That reminds me of another Master. The notorious Jet Li. For him, having good energy and never feeling let down no matter what were key. Here’s what he said:
Did you dare talk to someone in Chinese? How did it go? If you made mistakes while speaking, don’t worry about it. You tried and that’s a great step forward. Don’t be too demanding with yourself. All you need is to keep on practicing and be patient. As dear Confucius once said:
Motivation is key to becoming a great Chinese speaker, but you know what else is important? Confidence! You need to feel confident enough to dare talk to someone in Chinese and practice. It can be scary, at first, to talk Chinese in front of strangers, you may be afraid of being mocked or observed. But if you don’t try, you’ll never reach your goal. Don’t let shyness rule your fluency!
Accepting failure is not a piece of (moon) cake! How do you recover from failing or making a mistake? Well, you can start by keeping this Chinese proverb as your mantra or go-to positive sentence:
Xiào kǒu cháng kāi, hǎo yùn zìrán lái
Keep smiling and good luck will come to you
So far, we’ve seen together that motivation, focus, dedicating time and hard work are essential to succeed in learning Chinese. But something is missing in that winning formula: failure. Wait. What?
Previously, we talked about how you could improve your skills on your own, to go where you want. This all made us think of a cool tip we wanted to give you.
So, which dialogue did you pick? Aren’t you glad you did that hard work? It’s rewarding to see yourself progress.
In Chinese, there’s a very famous quote saying:
Shīfù lǐng jìnmén, xiūxíng zài gèrén.
The master may teach, but progress is up to the hard work of the student.
What great inspiration, don’t you think?
You now know all the secrets to building your focus like the great Master Yocha does. Therefore, I think you’re ready for a challenge! Next time you go onto Ninchanese, here’s your mission:
So, which dialogue did you pick? How did you deal with the distractions? It’s not always easy to stay focused for a long time, so don’t forget to allow yourself small breaks from time to time. Before we go on, let’s make sure: do you know the difference between relaxation and distraction?