I'm taking a class at my school in Tahitian, it is the beginning level. However, I am having trouble with understanding and memorizing the words. I am a native English speaker and know Mandarin to a certain degree.
The class is taught by immersion and that has confused me more than helped me. We are taught phrases and sentences, instead of words and then sentences like I am used to with Chinese language learning.
I'm okay with noticing the vowel differences and the eta is starting to make sense, but I have found that when I try to respond to a question in Tahitian, I can't do it. I have found that more often than not I start responding in Mandarin and then catch myself and lose the words.
I took this class as I needed to fill a spot and I thought it would be fun. It is fun, but I want to succeed in it. I don't want to be floundering in it like I am now :(
Does anyone have tips or tricks that make learning Tahitian (or other Polynesian languages) easier to comprehend?