1 it’s with. . . . . . Breathing is as difficult as breathing.
“it’s hard to learn Chinese,” she said to me. “I have been studying hard
for two years, but I have only mastered some basic things. No one can
learn Chinese much faster than that. “
How many Mainland Chinese can learn English to the level that we can? A
very small percentage. They are using Mandarin all the time, they will
lose their English. I will give you an example. I used to meet the
Taiwanese ministers, the older generation – all Harvard PhDs. In other
words, they wrote their theses in English but worked in Taiwan in
Mandarin. When I went to Taiwan, I spoke to them in Mandarin, first two
days (my Mandarin was) very stiff. At the end of the week, I was more
fluent. They came here to meet people from our ministries, first two
days their English was halting, at the end of the week they became more
I was attending a seminar in Hong Kong, the lady that’s what he said.
She studied Chinese, and, apparently, she had a hard time. But the thing
Learn young, never mind the standard, capture the fluency, capture the
way you speak it, capture the grammar, never mind if your vocabulary is
limited, you can expand it later
It doesn’t have to be that hard. This is certainly different from my
experience and many other experiences of people who have mastered a new
language with ease and effectiveness.
You need to spend the time and effort. You must have the interest. At
the end of the day, it must be a live language. Apart from watching it
on the TV or reading the newspapers, you must meet people and talk. Then
it is a live
I told her that Westerners can learn Chinese quickly too-in fact, a few
months. She told me it was impossible, and she looked at me.
Language is heard and spoken long before people learn to write and to
read. The more frequently one uses a language, the easier it is to
express one’s thoughts in it. The younger one learns to speak a
langugae, the more permanently it is
Looks like I’m crazy.
I may speak the English language better than I speak the Chinese
language because Ilearnt English early in life. But I’ll never be an
Englishman in a thousand generations and I have not got the Western
value system inside me; it’s an Eastern value system with the western
I didn’t argue with her, but decided to write the book.
This book is about you, about how to master a language faster and easier
than you might think. This book is about me, too, because it’s chasing
Along with the whole process of learning Mandarin and Cantonese. And
these two languages are quite difficult for many Westerners to see.
These are the languages that learn
Experience also applies to languages that are considered to be easier.
In the following, I will share with you my personal learning the methods
and skills of language, but also the methods and the use of other
language learning success
I write this book for a simple purpose-I want to help you find out how
to use your natural language talents better and more effectively. After
all, you don’t.
How to be a language genius if you master your mother tongue, you must
be. Remember, when you come to this world, you don’t know any single
Words and grammar. You have nothing to rely on, but you still learn to
If you are reading this book, you will probably want to learn a new
language. Maybe you will live or work in a new country. Maybe you’re
already in the country.
Out. You may have to make a decision, for reasons of work or for other
reasons, even if it is to stay in the country you want to master a new
language. Maybe you just
Interested in learning a new language. No matter what your reasons are,
I’m sure you want to take it easy and happy to learn it.
But it is so hard! —-I am not.
I spend most of my time in Hong Kong, but I often go to other parts of
Asia. No matter where, the total for the west to learn Chinese or
Other Asian languages are struggling. A lot of people have given up on
learning the language. At the same time I saw the Asian people to learn
English or other foreign languages. They
Also in the struggle!
Indeed, there are a lot of people have to learn at least one foreign
language. Some of them doing great. Many think of language learning as
particularly difficult people, think of those who are successful
People are born to learn a language material. This conclusion is often
used as an excuse for not trying to learn. It’s pathetic, because it
corresponds to a man of success, it seems
More than several ten people think it is too difficult or impossible.
Especially with two totally different languages, such as English and
Just a few days ago, I was in Hong Kong Ferry home. Getting late, I got
hungry, so I went to a restaurant called the egg surface (a kind of
Chinese-style fast food).
I had just finished, and a young Englishman asked me how to say “egg
noodles” in Cantonese. Most Westerners in Hong Kong do not generally try
to speak Cantonese
Language. They have given up even before they even started. So, this is
a bit of a novelty, but I welcome it.
So I told the young man how to speak the egg noodles in Cantonese: daan
meen. He repeated it with me, and the pronunciation and intonation were
almost perfect. I…
Nod and smile and say “yes, very right”. And then I repeated it. He said
it quite accurately.
He took a deep breath and turned to the waiter behind the counter to
point his face. Suddenly, he let out a sigh of relief and said
nervously, “I’ll keep it till next time,” but
After that he used English to order.
What a disappointment! The young man was on his way to learning
language, and then he let his first chance of success be so easy. He
, But also let him get away! If you only consider the number of a phrase
that is nothing. But, even if it’s just to say a few words and then get
The results are also crucial. When you overcome the first obstacle to
embarrassment, start communicating with people in new languages, and you
have already succeeded. A word,
Two. Some gestures. You set off.
I haven’t spoken to him, but I guess he’s going to walk, think, speak
Cantonese too difficult for him, even though he has been clearly proved
You can tell a part of it very accurately!
Why is this happening? I’m sure there’s a very simple explanation. In
today’s world many people to accept such a myth is a kind of new
Language is hard to learn. Ask those people why they don’t speak other
languages, they say they have no language talent, or they can’t tell.
A good excuse to learn Chinese tones (not), or that have shown that
adults are not easy to learn a foreign language. Or… I’m sick of this
A “they speak our language, why do we bother to learn from them?” “
The reason for learning language
There are many reasons why learning a new language. To begin with, it’s
fun. When you really get into it, you may find that it will broaden your
world. You’re going to
From the point of view of the world you never thought. Of course, there
are also many practical reasons.
Think about it, today we have to deal with many of the problems stem
from poor communication. You probably have heard of such an old joke,
it’s about the British
And the United States were separated by the same language. Even though
we say the same of a language, communication problems still exist.
Recently, I was the Organization of the meeting of senior managers to
promote a Sino-American joint venture. This management team a total of
12 people, eight from the party, four from
The other party. 11 People in China, there are 1 Americans-he speaks
As the session progressed, I’m well aware that many people in China
(with each other) in conflict, because they don’t realize that, although
Like, they used different words. They created a conflict that is what I
call the “ghost” thing-such a conflict occurs, do you think you are?
The same, but in fact are the same.
To cite an example of “the spectre of conflict”. You may have
encountered such a situation, what what you and others at the appointed
time and place to meet. You said: “in the mail
Bureau left the coffee shop. “
Your friend replied, “the left side of the post office is no coffee!”
And strange to look at you. Of course, you know, you’re right, and
insisted: “the post office
Must have left the coffee shop. “
Both of you don’t give, and soon you find that you have entered a heated
argument, but don’t understand is how it started. I’m sure you left at
the post office
There’s a coffee shop. And your friends are equally sure that they
If you’re lucky, you two would stop and the analysis of what happened,
so as to avoid the destruction of friendship. The result is that you are
across from the station at the post office
To consider the whole situation. There is a coffee shop next to the post
office. When you face the post office, it is on your left hand.
A different way of thinking about your friends. Her perspective is from
the post office. The street in front of the post office behind her. From
that point of view, if
She turned to the right and there was a coffee shop along the street.
The argument happened because neither of them understood each other’s
angle. In this case, your friend forgets to say that there is a right
hand in her head
The coffee shop. She just doesn’t agree with you that there is a coffee
So, it’s the situation where you find that the two sides are in dispute,
but in fact, there is no difference. You all know there’s a coffee shop.
You’re on your own.
You can see it in mind. But the two of you to the coffee shop in the end
is not in the position to argue. This is due to the lack of information
and to the same question,
Arising from a different perspective. The spectre of a “conflict”. When
you realize that you actually want the same thing, the conflict is over.
Now, remember, this happens to people who speak the same language! Think
about what happens when people speak different languages. Just like
Different cultures as so often happens when people try to work together.
On that day, because we discussed different patterns of the human mind,
and to solve the conflict of “ghost”, we can begin to discuss in the
group is more important and more difficult
. ‘s field. As we go deeper into this, you can imagine that the
importance of speaking other people’s language becomes apparent. And I
noticed that even that
The American manager is fluent in Chinese and he will still
misunderstand the motives of some Chinese managers. Clearly, the Chinese
manager’s intentions are good. But they don’t.
Be able to express what’s important to them. So they couldn’t
communicate well. In order to understand the solution, the United States
manager needs to know some of the fine
Language differences, but also to understand the personal experience and
By working hard and repeatedly talking about business and personal
matters, we did solve the problem. Today, the joint venture, through a
much higher level of collaboration,
The operation more efficient.
Later, when I look back on this thing, I think if participants do not
speak the same language (in this case English), we can be so easily
Problem? If the only communication is through an interpreter, what
happens? I tremble when I think about it …
I’ve been to have interpreters for meetings, they always can’t put all
the subtleties of words and the multi-level expression of the meaning
out. Is not an interpreter
Do not know, just because something lost in translation. I worked as an
interpreter. In many cases, the need to appreciate the meaning, you must
Let’s have those “background story” to help you understand the meaning
of culture. I don’t know the background, real communication is
difficult-and sometimes impossible
The. Of course, when you learn a new language you will learn how these
stories, but when you actually get someone to do the translation, you
can’t take back a word
All of the stories.
So, to make things between countries, between companies, across
cultures, and between people who speak different languages, even if
someone else is already able to say what you’re doing.
Language, the language is still very important to master the
others–even decisive. Because only then can you truly understand why
people want to do that
Challenge to deification
Learning a new language doesn’t have to be that hard. Can you do in a
very short period of time, to reach a higher level than you think. I
know this is
It’s true, because I did it. And I saw others do it. And I don’t have
“talent”, at least not more than the average person. When people
Suggested that I speak more than one language is because, to some
extent, when I have some special gift, I would feel annoyed. Actually,
I may have less language talent than many of my peers.
When I grew up in New Zealand, my English is general. I’m slower on the
understanding of the written word, and I learn syntax is a little
And I hate–hate—grammar lesson. What’s the point of it?
In other ways, I where to go or not. I always the last one to be
completed when doing the reading comprehension. I like science, because
it needs abstract and conceptual
My foreign language is not very good either. When I was studying French
in high school, I was in the middle of the class, 1/3. It’s like I can’t
learn. Foreign languages have no meaning. Very little
Talk. And I can’t even pronounce it correctly. I believed then that I
would never learn the language. My interest in learning languages is
getting lower and lower.
Then, there’s one thing changed my life. I learned French! I feel that I
can talk to and have a great time talking with the French.
When I was 15 years old, an exchange from Tahiti (a French colony in the
South Pacific) had been my home for a few weeks. A few months later,
I went to Tahiti to spend a total of six weeks. At that time, I learned
to speak fluent French. When I was able to communicate with anyone in
Words are no longer mysterious to me. Of course, there are words I don’t
know, but I always know what they mean. Anyway, even today,
I still have some English words I don’t know. I have recently met a —
semiotics. What does that mean? The first day I met it, it was true.
I have no idea
I was told that it is a kind of science on how we perceive and relate to
symbols. But I still can not fully understand what it meant. That’s all
Like you, I will still be able to communicate effectively in English. I
don’t know the meaning of certain words and will not hinder.
Back to French. It is important that in just a few weeks I have mastered
the structure and function of French. My accent is almost perfect. And
I’ve reached this.
-Like state, my French progress of nature, just as the same as when I
learn their mother tongue. The best part is, I’m successfully completed
high school French class, without any
The extra effort.
The end of the story may be like that, but no. If it’s really over, I
wouldn’t be here to write this book. The results of later I majored in
Neo-Confucianism. I am interested in a topic is psycholinguistics. At
that time, the prevalence in the field of language learning is a very
influential theory is that only a small
Kids can really learn the language. According to this theory, when a man
entering adulthood, he will lose easily and quickly learn a new language
This theory is easy to be accepted, because we see evidence of this–all
the adults in the struggle, or cannot effectively learn a
A foreign language. It is almost too easy to accept the theory.
Despite the fact that everyone seems to believe that this theory, but I
can’t accept it. I do not believe it, part of the reason is that I don’t
want to believe it. The sense of it
There’s a limit to that. Is it because I didn’t learn any other language
when I was a child, and I am now banned from communicating with most
people in the world? No.
Possible! This is my refusal to accept.
A voice in my heart told me, “if you learn the right way, you can learn
any foreign language at any time.” Age is not an obstacle. “I…
I even ventured to put this point into my term paper. The professor must
have agreed to my point of view, because I passed it. Also
He’s just giving me a reward.
Two years later, I had the opportunity to test the theory on my own,
when I was 22, and I was given a scholarship to study in China for two
years. It was in the
In 1981, China was just opening up to the outside world. I learned
Chinese for a few hours in the sophomore year, and got a result — I
managed to pass the exam. And I…
I don’t like this class at all.
At that time, teachers are better at “hypnosis”, rather than inspired
language learning ability of students. You know, he is the kind of
gentle, almost monotonous
The voice of the teacher lecturing. In his incessant nagging in, and I
found myself drifting somewhere else. It was a comfortable, warm, dark
Party, you know, just to be polite, you should have your eyes open. But
the eyelids may feel very heavy, viscous, and the forehead muscles are
no longer lead
They–hoo, hoo, hoo…!
Suddenly, in the dim light, did you hear someone calling your name. One
more question. You don’t even understand what the problem is…
As you can imagine, I didn’t learn anything. The professor never sleepy
to realize that the students and the classroom temperature did not
matter much. When I went to China, a word of Chinese
I wouldn’t say. A blank.
In September 1981, I came to the Beijing language Institute. It was two
weeks before I started, so I had some time. What are you doing? Well,
one thing is Ken.
This, I don’t like to stay in the Don’t understand the people around you
talk, can’t talk to the locals don’t even know such an environment the
simple signs and warnings
I came over after a number of other countries, I haven’t learned their
language, I feel the same way. I just don’t like to stay in the land of
a language barrier
Square. Can you understand and can communicate with others, to know what
is happening around is more interesting.
The day after I came to Beijing, I met my first friend. He is a small,
sturdy Thai boy. His name is Mao’, in Chinese and Thai
In the language, it means the cat. It sounds like a cat. He taught me
the first word-zenme yang-how about it? And then I left. In the next two
Day, I talked to almost every person that I meet that these three words.
You answer me, how does it feel to them, to be honest, I still don’t
understand what they say
What is it. But I heard these words and began to notice that the
pattern. From their facial expressions and body language, I can guess by
Soon I’ll be able to talk with people, they’d tell me the name of some
things, there are a number of important and useful words, such as
“Please” and “Thank you”. A
I’ll be able to have a simple conversation after a week. At this moment,
I thought to myself, “that’s great. I’ve made progress. “I’ve been able
to identify some of the sign
Meaning, male, female (it is important to distinguish between the two
words when you often have diarrhea). And I can buy things to ensure a
On the 10 day there, a Palestinian friend who had just met took me and
two New Zealand students to Beidaihe, a sea on the northeast side of
A tourist attraction. We went by train, took a day or two to relax, and
then returned to Beijing to take part in the test.
At that time, China’s public transport is very limited–the number of
tourists is far more than the traffic capacity. Of course, it’s too late
when we bought the ticket. Have to wait three
Four days to get a seat.
Can only do one thing. Anyhow, we got in the car, pay a fine, the ticket
money and because the bus without a ticket and then settle down on the
It takes six hours of the night to get to Beijing. Ten minutes after the
train was out, a man in a hat and a white jacket came up to me. After
Come to find out he’s on the railway security. He sat down, smile, and
then started talking.
We’ve been doing this for six hours. Just talking in Chinese. All night.
This is one of the many sleepless nights I’ve been learning languages.
He doesn’t know an English word. At first, I didn’t know what he said.
But obviously, he didn’t have much to do, and neither did we.
Before they go, so we went on like that.
He paints, writes Chinese characters to me, and gestures with his hands.
As we talked, I began to feel that I understood what he meant. My
Full of scribbled handwriting and some of the pictures. That night, I
would probably contact a thousand new words, most of the Chinese words.
Make all of it clear, but I can feel the pattern of the emergence. A
very important idea. The perception pattern.
Come back to Beijing a few days later, they began the test. I went to
that school requires everyone to participate in an oral and a written
examination to test our understanding of Chinese energy
Force. When it was my turn, some of the testers at a loss. I have been
able to carry on simple conversations with them. But, my level of
Limited to several ten characters. They don’t get it, but had to put me
on the middle class rather than a beginner’s class. Apparently I was on
the path to language learning
With the steady progress.
At the end of the journey in the train, I must not be fluent in Chinese.
But it was a turning point. For me, since that night, learning Chinese
Easy and fun. Of course, I have to work hard. Hard work is necessary.
But learning is always pleasant. As time went on, the more I learned
The faster you come.
After two months, I’ll be able to Chinese, good communication, and a
long (usually friends of China the dialogue of philosophy), ease in
To live. I have been able to simply reading and writing. As I have been
in China for 6 months, I can give friends in Chinese
And belief, and taking care of some business. I even wrote to senior
government officials, for the Beijing Institute of physical education
learning Chinese martial arts (ultimately successful).
Today, I speak fluent Mandarin and Cantonese and use both languages as a
medium of interaction in many of the organization’s consulting work.
I’ve been in touch.
Some other Asian language. I had a trip to Japan for two weeks, and with
the help of some friends, I spent two days mastering the basic language,
and then I went to Japan.
Only Japanese I could travel around Japan. Two weeks later, on the
street, in a store or if people feel free to tell me, I can understand