Post # 1
I’m Caucasian and my FI is Chinese. My future in-laws only speak Mandarin. I would like to start learning the language so I can communicate with them and develop more of a relationship with them instead of always needing my FI to translate. We both would also like our (future) children to learn Mandarin, so I would like to be able to help them and understand them.
Has anyone used any lanugage programs or books/CDs to learn Mandarin? What was the most useful?
Post # 2
I started to when I was thinking about moving to China to teach english a few years ago, but lost my motivation. I used the website Livemocha. They have a partnership with Rosetta Stone, and have native speakers critique your pronunciation/writing.
Post # 4
My cousin in law is learning because they are expecting a baby and her in laws refuse to speak English at home (they are fluent) and she wants to be able to understand when they are with the baby! My cousin has a post it note with each word on every item in their home so that she can try to immersion teach herself and asks her husband to speak it to her whenever possible. Her Mandarin is really coming along!
Post # 5
I attempted to learn mandarin about 3 times now since I live in China and it would be wonderful to know but that is not enough motivation for me! After trying everything from CDs to private classes I would suggest group classes, you can make friends trying to learn and speak to people at the same level as you.
Do you speak any other languages? I have heard from others that speaking french made it easier to learn mandarin!
Good luck! It is for sure not an easy language to learn!
Post # 6
I seen adults learn mandarin. One of my FI’s co-worker used to work in China for 3 years and he can speak average mandarin. I was shock on how good he is
My Sister in law’s cousin wife is Caucasian and she learn mandarin for the same reason. She would like to form a relationship with the family. I think it helps if you FI speak mandarn with you as much as possible, watching drama/movie with English subtitle would help.
Post # 7
I’m planning on learning Cantonese because of my FI and future in-laws. He is Vietnamese (with some Chinese mixed in, but he doesn’t like to associate much with that part of his heritage), and his parents speak both Vietnamese and Cantonese but not a lot of English. I asked which language would be better for me to learn, and he said Cantonese (which is also the language he is more comfortable with), so that’s what I’ll do.