“…Because I’m happy, Clap along if you feel like that’s Mandarin you wanna do…” (paraphrased from William Pharrell’s song ‘Happy’)
I am David BK Tan , a Mandarin teacher since 2008, teaching Mandarin to foreigners. Learning Mandarin is not easy, but it can be fun and interesting if you follow my HAPPY teaching methodology:
|| – Let your hair down. Have fun, learn to apply a bit of imagination to the Chinese characters. Take the example of Chinese character four 四 Sì. Doesn’t it look like : a. A window showing the top part of a curtain on both sides? Incidentally, a window has four sides b. A jail inmate visualising a breakout by dismantling the window grills! A cell in a jail has only four walls
||- Explore the different facets of China and Chinese culture as they are interesting and fascinating! Examples are food, historic places of interest and even Chinese characters themselves! Once you have the interest, you will be motivated to learn and apply the language.
One way to stay interested is to read my blog
So you follow LE (or 乐 Lè meaning happy), the Mandarin learning journey will be fun and rewarding!
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David Tan 陈文国 aka Bolehsan