I was strongely recommane to use “bo po mo fo” (which is just like
ABCD…Z for chinese), but after i met some people and talked with them. I realize, as long as you won’t get confused, you can use either way to learn it (either bo po mo fo or pin yin). But the point is , you don’t mix it up with English.
To learn the daily conversation, the best way is to live here, just so you can listen, speak all in chinese. But to have someone who is “willing” to talk with you in Chinese, is a lot better.
Most language exchange i heard were going bad. I think that’s why people are more thinking of paying a teacher for learning it. But i’m sure there are some language exchange are good. ^^
Without paying, you can go for the language exchange, but of course you have to teach english as feedback for fair.
Without giving feedback, you can pay for a teacher.
Or find someone who like to speak mandarin and hanging out more. ^^ If you need any help, feel free to ask. *wink