1. Emphasize Vocabulary Memorization
You are also learning how to write it and read it. Set a goal, maybe 5 or 10 words a day. Definitely spending time building the vocabulary.
Where to find new vocabulary? In the beginning, it’s pretty easy since you often got your textbooks and learn some basic things. You just need to create a foundation of yourself. For advanced learners, get more videos and movies to learn real life conversation and vocabulary.
2. Write New Vocabulary Words Over and Over Again
There is no short-cut. If you don’t write it again and again, you will forget how it looks like. Open your target vocabulary list and set a learning goal. Write the target word down. And if you don’t want to forget the tone of the word, you can just write the mark right on the top of the character. In this way, you can constantly remind yourself of the tone.
3. Get Decently Reviewed Textbooks
Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Series 《實用視聽華語》 (Taiwanese – Traditional Characters)
Boya Chinese Series 《博雅汉语》(Simplified Characters)
4. Learn Simplified Characters Over Traditional Characters
5. Don’t Stop and Write Down Every Unknown Word
No need to pause and write down every unknown word at the first time. It’s easy to get bored. Watch a 15mins or 20 mins video clips and go back watch it again. Do it as often as possible. Gradually you will find that your brain has already started recognizing those patterns without even writing down them.
6. Practicing Speaking with Natives
If you don’t have the opportunities staying in the original language environment, there are many choices online. Professional tutors online are highly recommended. If you just want to have a casual talk, you could also go to the community tutors.
7. Invest A Teacher
Help you with the foundation creation.
8. Learn through Music