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?
Have you ever heard of meditation? Meditation has become very popular lately in Hollywood. All the celebrities try meditation to disconnect from the outer world and redefine their priorities. It feels good to reconnect with yourself. That’s one of the benefits meditation can offer. But did you know meditation was also very good to increase your focus? Indeed, the more you practice meditation, the better you focus.
I know that when you dive into Chinese learning, it can be scary. All these characters to remember, this new way of thinking, and the new pronunciation that just entered your life, it’s ok to feel afraid of something unknown and new. But it’s also good to know how to take action against those fears. Fears are keeping you from fulfilling your dreams and reaching your goals. Let me show you how to overcome your fears and after that, you’ll be confident enough to claim that learning Chinese is easy!