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If Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is trying to learn Chinese; shouldn’t you being doing the SAME too? Especially if you are a foreigner or someone who might want to engage the Chinese?

However, learning Chinese is not an easy feat. The nature of its pronunciation, written representation, grammar etc poses a challenge to Americans and Europeans who are used to Latin-based alphabet system. In fact, The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State has compiled approximate learning expectations for a number of languages and it is based on the length of time it takes to achieve a general proficiency in speaking and writing. Mandarin is listed as one of the most difficult languages, along side Arabic, Japanese etc.

But my experience in teaching foreigners so far has made me realize that a good methodology cum IT tools will shorten the learning curve. However, due to the rise of China, the market is awash with a lot of learning tools and one could get distracted and confused. There are too many options available : classroom teaching, online teaching, web tools, mobile apps, language exchange etc; and it is confusing. What should I do to maximize my dollar but also obtain quality learning concurrently?

This quotation by Charles Kuralt says it best : “Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.” The tools can never replace the teacher. The advent of tools are a great help to learn Chinese, you just have to leverage on them.  The teacher’s role is there as the Learning Authority, Motivator and Tool Facilitator.

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