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An Easy Way To Learn Chinese

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Using Movies to Learn Chinese

Whether you’re studying Chinese in Taiwan or anywhere else around the world sometimes you just get tired of serious studying.  Learning Chinese from movies is great way to relax while still continuing your studies.  You’re probably not going to become fluent solely from watching movies in Mandarin but it’s a great way to enhance your language studies, give you break from more serious study, introduce you to some different Chinese vocabulary and characters that you might not find in your Chinese textbooks and have fun while improving your language ability.

Let’s take a look at how you can learn Chinese by watching movies.

Why should you learn Chinese by watching movies?

1. Watching movies in Chinese can improve your listening skills. The actors in the movie are usually speaking native Mandarin and it also gives you a chance to listen to different people speaking. Plus you aren’t only listening to the spoken Mandarin, you can also see what’s going on in the film. It’s much easier to follow a conversation in Chinese when you can actually see the action taking place at the same time.  What I find incredibly helpful is watching the film with the subtitles.  Simply seeing the characters repeatedly appear on the screen in conjunction with the storyline helps me to memorize new characters and strengthen my recall of those that I already know.

2. Watching films in Chinese also helps to improve your pronunciation skills. You can learn how native speakers pronounce words and also follow the movie to practice your pronunciation. If you want, you can actually break the conversation down sentence by sentence or word by word and follow it to practice how to pronounce each word.  This is particularly important for a language such as Mandarin Chinese, where the tone is of such importance.

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3. Watching films or tv shows improves your speaking ability. By watching movies you can actually closely observe how native Chinese speak in daily life – or at least in the daily life represented in film.

4. Finally, it’s just a fun way to complement your other studies.  If you can find a movie or tv series that you like that has subtitles, it really doesn’t even feel like you are studying at all.

Read the rest of the article here – Learning Chinese from Movies