Using Chinese for the first time with a native can be a wake-up call for some learners.
For example, maybe you feel like you’ve mastered how to ask for directions.
You ask a passerby for directions, and they reply—but you couldn’t fully understand what they said.
Speaking is one half of having a conversation; if you want to truly master Chinese (or any language really), you have to understand what’s being said to you.
Listening practice to help you understand familiar words and basic phrases when people speak slowly and clearly. Situations include meeting people, shopping and conversations at work.
Listening practice to help you understand common vocabulary and expressions in short, clear dialogues. Situations include simple explanations, introductions, messages and announcements.
Improving Chinese listening ability is very important for all learners. It’s the door to all other skills. The other skills are also important, but none improves your general ability as much as listening. Added to that, you can spend far more time listening than you can with any other skill.
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