One of my most misguided thought patterns when learning Chinese involved the commonly held belief that my ultimate goal must be to understand everything.
In this blog I’ll explain why I think it’s based on flawed thinking which if left uncorrected can have detrimental effects on your learning. I’ll also suggest how you can reframe your goals towards a more productive mindset
Let me know your thoughts! You Don’t Understand Everything In Your Native Language. Stop Trying To Do So In Chinese – I'm Learning Mandarin
Thanks for sharing your link Mischa - we always welcome this.
I think you raise a really interesting topic. I cannot count the amount of times I’ve been asked “what does x mean?” by non-natives - and I’ve been stumped!
Putting pressure on ourselves to understand it all isn’t the way to go about it and I think it’s important for us to remind ourselves of this.
Thanks Max! Glad you agree
I completely agree! Sometimes I find myself listening to people talking in my target language, and I realise that I’m understanding almost everything they say even though I do not understand every word, and that’s just fine!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on learning Chinese. It was very helpful, and I totally agree with your insight.