Tips on Studying Chinese (Mandarin)

TIPS ON BECOMING FLUENT (and where to study):

This used to be titled "tips on becoming fluent quickly," before a Chinese professor wrote me and said, "Isn't that a bit of a oxymoron?" Indeed, it is; one only becomes fluent after lots of hard work. Still, we strongly believe you can become fluent on your own, and more quickly if you employ certain techniques. Doing so is tough and you need dedication. Actually, there's nothing really that insightful here: the key is, simply, immersing yourself in the language and culture. Here’s tips on how we did it, especially if you don’t want to spend the money to go to school/class:

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