Learn Chinese From Movies

Using Movies to Learn Chinese

You’re probably not going to become fluent solely from watching movies in Chinese but it’s a great way to enhance your Chinese language studies, give you break from more serious Chinese study, introduce you to some different Chinese vocabulary 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 Chinese and it also gives you a chance to listen to different people speaking.  Plus you aren’t only listening to the spoken Chinese, you can also see what’s going on in the movie. It’s much easier to follow a conversation in Chinese when you can actually see the action taking place at the same time.

2. Watching movies in Chinese helps to improve your pronunciation. You can learn how native Chinese 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.  

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3. Watching movies 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. Watching movies in Chinese improves your vocabulary. You can also learn new vocabulary from movies. Through watching the movie you are able to learn the meaning of the vocabulary, how to pronounce the word and also how to use the word at one time. You learn the usage of the word from a real world situation and you will be able to use it immediately.

5. Watching movies in Chinese can improve your grammar. You can closely see how native speakers apply grammar structures in their speaking. By doing so you can also practice grammars in your speaking.

6. Watching movies helps you learn more about Chinese culture. Every Chinese movie inevitably incorporates some aspects of Chinese culture. You can see all kinds of traditional activities and common cultural behaviors.

If you decide to try this method and head down to the DVD store or use a Netflix account and rent some Chinese movies to watch. You will probably find out it’s a little confusing  switching the subtitles between Chinese and English. And for the Chinese subtitles you will only see the characters. This is great if your already at the stage where you can read a significant number of characters and it will help you improve your reading ability too.  But, if you can’t read the characters you won’t know how to pronounce the words.

A slick software program – Learn Chinese From Movies will solve this problem. It has “magic subtitles” in Chinese Pinyin, Characters, Word-to-word translation and English subtitles. It will help you easily understand the movie and give you a guide to correct pronunciation as well as saving you tons of time on your Chinese learning.  It really makes watching movies in Chinese much more enjoyable and a better use of your time with all the help it provides in keying you in on how to pronounce words as well as providing their meaning.  The Learn Chinese from Movies software is highly recommended and is definitely worth using.  If you’re interested they even have a free trial, you can check it out here.

Learning Chinese In Taiwan

Learning Chinese in Taiwan – My Experience

By Justin O White

When I first arrived in Taiwan to teach English, I had already taken several courses in university on Mandarin Chinese. I had done well in those courses and enjoyed them very much. I thought that maybe I would be able to begin conversing immediately with Chinese speakers and improve my Chinese in the process. I was excited.

However, as soon as I became immersed in the overwhelming environment of Taiwan I became afraid to speak. Seeing all of the signs written in Chinese, constantly overhearing long streams of spoken Chinese that were incomprehensible to me, and seeing the effortless fluency of some foreigners who had been there for a while, I began to feel very differently about my Chinese speaking ability. Things felt very different outside of the classroom.

And so when I went to Starbucks, or ordered at a restaurant I spoke only English except for a polite “xie xie” or “thank you” to waiters and waitresses, and an occasional polite “Ni Hao”. I occasionally wondered whether my university courses in Mandarin Chinese had been a waste.

What really happened to me was what happens every day to Chinese language learners. I became afraid and overwhelmed at the foreignness of the language, and did not stop to consider the fact that with a little more practice and a little more courage things would begin to make sense and I could learn Chinese fast. Being paralyzed with fear, I was limited in my ability to interact with Chinese people.  Read Full Article Here – Learning Chinese In Taiwan