There Ought to Be a Better Way - Find Out Why Traditional Chinese Language Lessons Are Not Effective

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Some people think that learning a foreign language is very hard.

This is especially true when learning a non-alphabetic language, such as Chinese.

"I have no linguistic talent. It’s not my cup of tea."

"What’s a tone? I’ve never heard of that in English before. What’s that you say? There are four tones? I can’t tell the difference!"

"The characters all look like squared tofu to me. I don’t even know where to look and where to start."


"My 7-year-old daughter wrote herself to tears when practising writing the character for ‘putting on hat’."

"I transcribed the conversational drills into English phonics and passed the exam, but only to completely forget what I had learned in less than a month. It’s a losing game."


No. No. No!

These are not effective ways of learning Chinese, but what I call “forcing the foreign language into you” by hard memorization and repetition.


Because hard memorization is notoriously unreliable and short-lived, not to mention deadly boring, it takes tremendous mental resources, yet resulting in little reward.


I was motivated to answer this question because, like many Chinese-American moms, I was trying to find an effective solution to keep the Chinese language alive for my kids.

I dared not kill their curiosity for their heritage language and culture by sending them down the traditional path.

Ironically, it was in the tradition, the root of the most ancient tradition — the roots of the Chinese language itself that I encountered the solution I had been looking for.

It was as if I had peered into the annals of history and found there a glimmering torch, yet bright enough to shed light onto the path leading to new discoveries.

Join us on the fast track to learning the Chinese language in an effective way, also on a journey to many, many discoveries.

I will be your guide.

And yes, you are welcome!

over to you

In your own past experience learning Chinese or any other foreign language, what works and what did not work for you? What areas do you need help with most? Leave your comments below.