Feiren wrote:I think you should find some materials that will allow you to listening and speaking Mandarin without written Chinese.
Ideally, you should try to imitate native speakers in short bursts of the language and spend more time transcribing what you hear into pinyin. Not sure how you can do this on your own though.
The idea is to practice producing the sounds and learning to recognize them before you are overwhelmed by the written language.
Oh, learn Bopomofo well before you start.