Write Less Chinese

To write, or not to write?

When first starting to learn Chinese you might find yourself spending a disproportionate amount of time on writing drills. While writing drills can be useful for remembering words, ensure you don’t neglect other areas of learning in favour of these drills.

Realistically speaking, the amount of time that the ability to write Chinese might actually be useful, in relation to speaking, reading and listening, is comparatively low. Not to say that Chinese writing ability isn’t of any value, although in modern life most ‘writing’ is done on a computer – rendering pen and paper redundant. So keep this in mind when dividing your time up between activities.

A lot of the beauty in the Chinese language comes from the characters themselves, so it would be a shame not to do any writing at all. However, if your time is limited then adjusting the percentage of time spent reading, writing, listening and speaking will help increase your productivity. Experiment with different timetables and see what works best for you.

How do you divide your time between all the activities of learning Chinese or any language?

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  • Aurora Ribeiro

    Hello, I’m starting to learn chinese, but I live in a really remote area of the planet (Azores, mid-atlantic). I have no teachers at all, although there are some chinese families living here, running their shops and restaurants. I started to learn, because I want to be able to read and understand written chinese. I will not say that I don’t want to learn spoken chinese, but it seems to be a difficult goal to be achieved in my conditions. And I find it really amazing that written chinese can be understood without knowing how it sounds!! Regarding my kind of learning, I find it very useful for me to write a lot of chinese. The more I write down the characters, the easier it is for to recognize them. And is feels very relaxing, too 🙂