Chinese Learning Goal
Now that I have warned you against setting your sights too high when learning Chinese, it’s time for you to decide for yourself. The truth, of course, is that your answer will be limited by circumstances (not everyone has hours of free time every day to study Chinese – I know I no longer do), but it is still helpful to set a goal. Here are some of the Chinese language learning goals you might set for yourself:
- Learn simple Chinese phrases and questions
- Learn just enough Chinese to get by with simple day to day or traveling issues
- Learn enough Chinese to hold a self directed conversation
- Learn enough to stumble through most kinds of Chinese conversations
- Become functionally fluent in Chinese
- Become as fluent in Mandarin as some Chinese people
- Become as fluent as the average Chinese person
- Learn more Chinese than the typical Chinese person
The amount you need to learn to progress from stage to stage grows exponentially. Let’s see how:
Years to Reach Different Chinese Learning Goals
Start with a smaller Chinese Learning Goal
There’s no shame in setting a small goal at first and then going from there, when first setting out to learn Chinese. In fact, it’s good advice. Setting your sights too high may lead to a lot of needless suffering.
Note: This article is both serious and joking about the ridiculous process of learning Chinese well.