【中文】Chinese without Pinyin: A New Experiment

 

I’ve been thinking about learning Chinese for a while now, which is why I’ve been learning the characters on zhongwen.com.  But rather than wait until I’m done with that site to start learning things I could use today, I could, well, start today.

But where to start…

 The experiment!

As the title of the post suggests, I am going to learn Mandarin Chinese without the use of Pinyin.

Why without pinyin?

Mainly because I think it’s easier to learn a new set of characters (like Zhuyin) than to associate weird new sounds to letters I already know.

 

The Other Side of the Experiment!

Another thing I am focusing on for learning Chinese is emphasizing audio-based learning.  Lots of listening and speaking.  Yes, that’s right. Speaking “before I’m ready”. Mostly repeating words and short phrases, but I think it is working and I will write a follow-up post about my progress with this audio approach.

Any tools or products I use will be listed in the ever-expanding Chinese resources page.

I just wanted to write a short intro to show everyone a small portion of what I’ve been up to.

 

Have any tips, comments, warnings, questions? Disagree with my approach? I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment below.

Author: Koyami

I'm Koyami. I am a freelance Japanese-English Translator and I enjoy learning new skills and reading in my spare time. Current pursuits include learning Mandarin Chinese, getting familiar with Blender, and collecting all of the 十二国記 books. Follow me on Twitter and Google+ for blog updates, my Japanese word of the day, and more!