How to Study
Good LL Teach
Some Good LL
Where to Aim
Focusing on Output
WHERE to practice...
Find those who are happy to chat with you and spend time talking with them, especially during their slack time each day. Ask other students where these people are and share the information around!
Basketball, soccer and jogging in the college sports ground are all opportunities to get to know Chinese college students in a relaxed atmosphere. Then, when you've finished playing, go off and have a meal together!
Fellow-travelers often have little to do and, seeing a foreigner sitting next to them, are happy to enjoy a conversation -- so long as you get it going!
Especially if you are somewhat shy or find starting up conversation with people a little difficult, this is well worth trying. Why not ask a friend to find someone who would be willing to have Chinese conversation with you on a regular basis? Tell them that they are being paid not to use English, or can use it only in emergencies!
If you find it difficult hiring a talker, then agree to exchange one hour of English conversation for one hour of Chinese conversation.
Children don't get embarrassed in the way that adults do! You will find that they are more accepting of you, are willing correctors, have clearer pronunciation, and speak at your level.
Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of time for chatting in pleasant company.
For families, this is an ideal way for you to obtain extra practice. Especially for mothers who find it difficult to find the time for study and practice, the 'baomu' is a great person to have around! So, when choosing one, your first consideration should be whether she speaks standard (biaozhun) Mandarin and whether she is a happy chatter. Never mind if she can't cook too well or wash the clothes very clean -- this is only of secondary importance!
White-skinned babies and young children attract Chinese people like flies! If you are single, maybe you could borrow a friend's baby and push it round the park!!
In China, there are many people whose job is simply to sit at a desk in the entrance to a college dormitory. These 'fuwuyuan' often have little to do all day. Find the friendly ones and chat with them.
WHO to talk with...
HOW to make the most of each