15 Aug

Common Mistakes in Learning Mandarin

Learning a new language can often time lead you to minor mistakes, wouldn’t it be fun to know what to watch out for when you start learning Mandarin. Some people may have already started and may have already done these mistakes, while others who are about to take Mandarin lessons will look forward to these common mistakes.

4 Common mistakes new learners do

1. The Tones

This has always been the most common mistake for new learners and it has become really troublesome for them. Even people who are intermediate to pros in speaking Mandarin still make mistakes in their tone.

Most of the time the tones in Mandarin are underestimated, but still, you must realize that they are really essential to the language. It’s even better to actually have problems with your pronunciation like if you somehow mix of up the vowels and consonants. However, if the tone is somewhat out of place it may throw people off completely.

It’s very important to focus on the tone while you are learning mandarin from the beginning. It’s just as important as focusing on the vowels and consonants, usually to be able to adapt to the tone of the language you have to listen to conversation often for you to understand it more.

2. Adverbials

This is absolutely an obvious topic where the word order of Mandarin should be accounted for when making these common mistakes. It’s often that new learners would put adverbials at the end of a sentence, rather than before the verb.

In general, adverbials are information about the verb and are grouped into the time, manner, and place. Here’s an example, “I am with him in the office today.” the adverbial there is “in the office today”.

In mandarin, this information always has to go before the verb. It’s best to avoid the temptation of putting this at the end of the sentence because this will sound weird and may confuse people when you say it in Mandarin.

3. Topic-comment structure

Mandarin sentence structure is basically topic-prominent, this means that you should put the most important topic at the beginning of the sentence no matter what you think is its grammatical role.

In other words, you should always put what the sentence talks about, then add the supporting information or the comment to that topic.

4. Too long sentences or Information

Mandarin is very efficient and always leaves the listener with something to work with in understanding the sentence. Subjects can often be taken out of the sentence if the sentence is obvious enough in the context.

A lot of new learners include information that can or sometimes should be left out of the sentence. Including only the essential parts of the sentence can be more elegant and can sound more natural.

Learning mandarin in Singapore is very convenient

Overall learning mandarin still is easy and it doesn’t really matter if you make these common mistakes. That’s actually the reason they are called common mistakes, to begin with. It’s actually still fun to know that you may come across these mistakes in advance.

Especially if you are going to start learning mandarin in Singapore, where there are a lot of people who speak the language this will allow you to easily practice and learn from these mistakes if you do make them. And, also be sure to try fun ways to practice your Mandarin skills anywhere.