Setting Concrete Goals

To be most effective in learning, you will want to ask yourself why you’re learning Chinese. Is it for interest or because you’re moving to a Chinese speaking environment? Do you want to be able to speak formal Chinese for work or to communicate with your friends and family? Or do you need to perform better in your Chinese class in school?

Answering these questions will help in setting concrete goals that will guide you in customising your personal learning plan.

Short-term and Long-term Goals

Long-term plan: where you want to be in 1-2 years.

How much time are you willing to spend on Chinese? Be realistic base on the time you have.

Short-term plan: within a year

You might want to be able to read simple Chinese books or understand Chinese kids cartoon in half a year.

Goals have to be:

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Realistic
  4. Timely

Review your short-term plan every month or week, adjust the plan according to your ability. You might even want to adjust your learning approach.