Learning Chinese requires good perspective
It seems all students of Chinese have the same experience at some point in the study – they feel that they just aren’t making the progress they want to. I have experienced this myself, and it is currently true of one of our students at our language school here in Beijing who I met up with over lunch today.
Now, it may be that for some people they are experiencing frustration and disillusionment because they are approaching their language study in the wrong way, or simply not allocating enough time to their study. For these people it is worth taking time to stop and look at your goals, and what it is going to take to reach those goals.
But in the case of this student who is having 10 hours of 1on1 tuition each week, and topping that up with at least 20 hours of self-study, and plenty of social interaction with Chinese friends, he is doing all the right things, he is making really good progress, but he just doesn’t feel it, and he would rather the progress was quicker.
For this student, and others in similar positions, let me share with you a helpful poem that my father once shared with me.
T.T.T by Piet Hein
Put up in a place
where it’s easy to see
the cryptic admonishment
When you feel how depressingly
slowly you climb,
it’s well to remember that
Things Take Time./
On a similar theme, you might want to check out Olle Linge’s recent helpful posts on Hacking Chinese of persevering with Chinese when you are lacking motivation.