Do children’s textbooks in Chinese any good for adult learners? 儿童中文教科书对成人学习者有好处吗?

We don’t use children’s textbooks for learning Chinese for adults. Children’s textbooks don’t contain language that is useful for an adult learner. We often experience difficult to gauge the difficulty of tasks before you have already mastered them. Some it seem hard, but are actually quite easy; others appear easy, but they are in fact very difficult.


How long does it take to learn Chinese? 学习中文需要多长时间?

It really depends on your commitment level and time investment. If you go through our courses, spending 15-30 minutes each day, you will complete both the Beginner Read & Write, and Conversational Courses achieve conversational fluency in Chinese in 365 days.


How is Chinese education different from North America? 中国教育与北美教育有何不同?

Chinese education focuses on strictness and precision, which improves retention. Canada & American education focuses on improving student assuredness, self-determination, and independence, which aids in comprehensive thinking.


Will a Speaking Chinese-Only in the classroom improve your learning? 在课堂上只说中文会改善你的学习吗?

Some language schools have a Speaking Chinese-only rule, which means that neither students nor teachers are allowed to speak anything but Chinese on school day. The goal is to make sure that all teaching is done in Chinese and that students practise as much as possible. The problem of the rule creates weak explanations and hidden misunderstandings etc. The ideal proportions will vary depending on the student’s level of Chinese. We suggest 90% Chinese is desirable. Those approx 10% of English can really make a difference. The decreasing the amount of Chinese from 100% to 90% is not going to affect the amount of Chinese students use or are exposed.


I can already read pinyin, do I really need to learn to read characters? 我已经可以读拼音了,我真的需要学习认读汉字吗?

We believe Yes! Of course. Although lots of people who find themselves for school or work often just learn to speak, many of them often regret not learning to read and write sooner. It’s much more difficult to step back and learn characters than learning them simultaneously. You will be able to speak well enough, but learning characters can actually help your spoken Chinese. It is also impossible to really get to the depth of given language without knowing how to read and write.


Is it true that student should mastering listening before speaking? 学生在说话前应该掌握听力是真的吗?

This is not a question of of new learner to mastering listening before speaking, it’s about having a good understanding of what you’re going through the process. Here is commonly misunderstood the Phonetic transcription. Humans do not process the auditory signal of languages phonetically. They process phonemically.

However, by using Phonetic transcription such as Pinyin, Zhuyin or IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). This is the ideal sequence you should know.

  1. Identifying sounds and tones by Listening
  2. Pronouncing sounds and tones by Speaking
  3. Using sounds and tones by Phonetic transcription

As soon as you can hear the difference between certain sounds, start pronouncing them with the help of reading and writing the phonetic transcription you choose.

I want to start reading real books in Chinese at my level. How would I approach it? 我想开始阅读我现中文水平的书籍。我将如何着手?

You can try to read a native Chinese book at your level or you can try reading a translated book of written in your native language. Let’s assume you have read the book in English and like a lot. You should probably check the translation with a native speaker to make sure it is good translation in Chinese.


I’ve been told I should get a Chinese name. How can I do that right? 有人告诉我,我应该找一个中文名字。我怎样才能做到这一点?

It would be great to have a Chinese name given by a teacher or friend who knows you well, but most often when a Chinese person gives a foreign person a Chinese name, they use transliteration. It means taking the first sound or syllable from your name(s) and finding an equivalent Chinese character. Many people also include their family name in their Chinese name, not just their given name.