Learning Mandarin Pronunciation First is the Key

Mandarin Pronunciation should be the very first thing you focus on when learning a new language, and here are the seven most important benefits you will gain from doing so: 

1. Gain Confidence and Motivation 

Success breeds motivation. Communicating successfully with native speakers gives you that rush that will encourage you in your learning.

It is a positive circle of confidence.

More speaking leads to Improvement, which leads to successful Communication and, therefore, gives you more confidence.   

2. Communicate More Effectively 

Did you know that Mandarin pronunciation is far more crucial than grammar early on?

Even with limited vocabulary, you can still communicate well as long as you pronounce the words correctly.

3. WOW Native Speakers 

An incredible accent immediately makes people more responsive to you, which in turn increases your likelihood of meaningful interactions. 

4. Open Up Opportunities 

Excellent pronunciation leaves a deep impression on the people you speak to that can positively influence areas such as your career, finances, and personal relationships.   

5. Boost Your Listening

You will be able to identify the words you hear more accurately straight away, giving your grammar and vocabulary a significant boost. 

6. Read & Write Faster 

Connecting the sounds of Chinese to their written “pinyin” spelling will allow you to read and type Chinese. Guess what happens when you start reading, writing, and listening regularly…   

How the course works - Chinese Native Written Content

7. Reach Fluency Faster 

All of these benefits mean that you will be able to identify words you hear and read FAR more accurately.

So, a Strong pronunciation will start a chain reaction that will get you to fluency faster, and with less stress along the way. 

Poor pronunciation can be damaging 

You can also take all of those points above and reverse them. When you have poor pronunciation, people misunderstand you a lot more, and this hurts your confidence.

If this happens a lot, you may eventually begin to associate speaking Chinese with negative emotions. Hence becoming less and less willing to speak. But this is a vicious cycle of negativity that you must avoid. 

Weak Mandarin pronunciation also causes you to have more trouble identifying the words you hear. Only think about the opportunities lost over time.

Simply think of all the Mandarin listening content you consume, and the conversations you take part in.

Each missing piece of pronunciation knowledge represents countless missed opportunities for understanding, especially when extended over months or years. 

How Mandarin Blueprint Teaches Pronunciation 

With only 420 syllables (1200 if you include tones), the Chinese language has relatively little to learn in terms of pronunciation, especially when comparing it to the 10000+ syllables of English.

Download our pinyin chart here.

However, there are many challenging and potentially confusing aspects of Chinese pronunciation, and you still need the right guidance and study materials that don’t send you to sleep.

Phil and I were always very disappointed with the quality and quantity of pronunciation materials out there on the internet when we were learning Mandarin. But most of it is tedious and confusing.

If you use a tutor, they will often skip over pronunciation because they don’t know how to teach it in a way that is even remotely entertaining. 

Pronunciation Mastery

Because of this urgent need for concise, fun, and well-crafted pronunciation training is why we first created our Pronunciation Mastery Course.

A 6-hour video course that contains everything you need to know, with no fluff, no contradictory information, and no repetitive drills. At the same time, you will pick up over 200 survival words and phrases that we use as examples for all of the sounds. 

We have now made this course a part of our paid subscription, but it’s also available for purchase on its own. 

Our character learning method “The Hanzi Movie Method” has also proven to be incredibly helpful in remembering tones, because of the visualization of the tones as a real-life location. Learn more about this in our article about the Hanzi Movie Method.