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By Satyendra Upadhyay (Published in 'China daily')
I feel in China you can maintain your business as well as healthy life also just with your confidence and power of language. I am sure with this you will be saying "I am Loving It". ..(continued on link below.....)
"From my personal experience, what is very important when learning Chinese, particularly for beginners, is that one has to be patient. Chinese is quite a tough language, not so much because of the grammar, but mainly because of writing the characters and speaking the language (the different tones that one has to consider when pronouncing a word), so progress might be slow, especially in the beginning. But don't give in! And even if revising the same things again and again starts getting boring after a while, one has to hang in there and repeat it once more :-)
When learning how to write, it is crucial to constantly, again and again, repeat writing the same characters. Also, it is quite important to always write the characters in the same way. By that I mean that one has to draw all the strokes of a character in the same order, whenever one repeats writing the character. That way, one internalises the whole thing after a while.
As to speaking and listening Chinese, it would be best to ask a Chinese friend to help one practice. For instance, when I started learning Chinese, I had weekly meetings with a Chinese friend where we worked together for 2 hours. During one hour we only used German in our conversation (my friend was learning that language) and during the second hour we only conversed in Chinese. Through training with a Chinese speaker, one can learn a lot; for instance also colloquial language, etc.Obviously, the best thing to do to get fluent in spoken Chinese, is to travel to China and stay there for a while. As you are constantly surrounded by the language there and are kind of forced to use it, you will improve immensely. At first, it is difficult, because maybe you feel shy speaking Chinese because you are afraid of making mistakes (I sure was!), but after a while it gets easier. Plus, Chinese people usually appreciate it a lot if you are able to speak their language (even if it is not that great at the beginning) and they don't mind you making mistakes. That's at least how I experienced it.
So my advice in a nutshell: "Don't give up and practice a lot!"
"Master of Arts in Sinology and History from University of Trier in Germany. One year fellowship by Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) for advance study of Chinese language in OEC of Xiamen University, China and cleared HSK from Germany. Worked in German Company in Shenzhen.
I recently started taking Hindi lessons. Furthermore, I am fluent in Luxembourgish (my mother tongue), German, French and English. And I also speak some Italian ."