Adinda (left) after her stunning performance. Scroll down to watch the full video.
Photo credit: says.com
Anticipation hung in the air as Adinda Tashya Mansor took the stage that night. All eyes were on the 11-year-old girl from Perak, who had flown all the way to China to participate in the Let’s Sing Kids Season 4 singing competition on Hunan TV. The moment she sang Lin Yu-Chun’s “Next Stop In the Future”, the room-erupted in applause as everyone–including the judges–gawked in wide-eyed wonder. Her powerful voice flowed out of the speakers and deep into the hearts of listeners, drawing them into her song with every flawless melody.
It wasn’t just her beautiful rendition of the song or on-stage confidence that stirred the media’s interest, it was also the fact that this young Malay girl had a better grasp on the Mandarin language than many Chinese kids her age.
“My parents encouraged me to learn Chinese and I speak the language with my friends,” Adinda told The Star during an interview. Both Adinda and her sister attend SJK(C) Sin Ming in Taiping, as their parents wanted their kids to learn an additional language.
Adinda’s parents did the right thing by introducing their daughters to Mandarin at a young age. Many people, unaware of the benefits of this language, tend to underestimate the power of Mandarin. Being fluent in Mandarin will give you a huge boost in the working world. It’ll open more opportunities and you’ll be able to communicate with a wider range of people. In fact, many companies in Malaysia and even countries like Australia, Singapore and the United States place a higher preference on candidates who are fluent in Mandarin. Here are some tips on how you can master the language:
Weave In Chinese Pop Culture
One of the easiest ways to improve your understanding and fluency of a language is to immerse yourself in its TV shows, movies and music. No one needs to force you to start with a Taiwanese or Chinese drama of your choice, especially when there are cute eye candies to ogle at. Your vocabulary will improve tremendously within a matter of days!
Converse With Other Mandarin-Speaking Friends
If you want to improve your vocabulary, intonation and pronunciation, keep up Mandarin conversations with your friends and have them correct you if you’re pronouncing a word wrong. Once you’ve overcome the initial stages of embarrassment, your confidence will shine through. Communication is one of the best ways to learn the language. The more you speak, the better you get.
Live In China Or Taiwan For A While
China and Taiwan are basically considered the motherlands of the Mandarin language, and while both countries apply totally different slangs and accents, it all boils down to your preference. Temporarily relocate there for a year and enroll yourself in a school or a job, but don’t make the mistake of immersing yourself with the English-speaking expats or you won’t be learning much Mandarin at all. Instead, surround yourself with native Mandarin speakers and before you know it, you’ll be speaking just like them! On top of that, both China and Taiwan are known for the authentic food scenes, so if you’re a fan of Chinese food, you’ll love it there.
Invest In A Mandarin Tutor
You’re guaranteed to excel in the language under the supervision of a Mandarin tutor. If you have a busy work schedule, a private tutor is the best option. As a newbie, you’ll need intensive coaching in the beginning to master your command of the language, especially the technicalities of writing, speaking and reading. These things take hours of dedication to grasp the basics, so having a tutor is a great investment.
It’s never too late to learn something new! Log on to www.kaodim.com to find the perfect Mandarin tutor for yourself or your child. You can also request for a home tutoring session instead of a group lesson if you want. Our tutors will patiently guide you through the language, and with professional help, soon you’ll be conversing and reading fluently–or even singing like a star–in no time!
Watch Adinda’s stunning performance below.
written by Carissa Gan