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Are you still afraid of learning Chinese? See how they do it?2



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Its one of the things that makes us most happy, that we always have so many students who study Chinese very hard, insisting on it year after year. We can feel they have a passion for learning Chinese and understanding China and its culture. So, we interviewed some students, and hope their experiences will be helpful to you!


Let us introduce Ellis to you! In May 2020 he celebrated one year of learning Chinese and after starting as a beginner, he is now halfway through HSK4 1st of May 2020.

Ellis takes private class and online class, 2 times a week.


Q1

When did start to learn the Chinese language (Mandarin)?  How would you describe your Chinese at that time and now?


A


I began learning Chinese around April 2019. At that time, I knew several words but couldnt really speak or understand anything at all. Now it is May 2020 and Im around halfway through studying HSK4. I can communicate quite well and enjoy writing little stories using Chinese.



Q2

Why did you start learning Chinese?


A


Originally, I just started learning Chinese because of the difficulties faced in China if you cant speak any Chinese at all.



Q3

How do you feel about learning Chinese? Is it difficult or interesting?


A


Yes, learning Mandarin is difficult but I think that kind of challenge makes it so much better when you start to see progress. Its really interesting, especially whilst living in China.



Q4

How did your classes progress with Chinese Surfing? Were they helpful?


A


Classes with Chinese Surfing have been really great. Definitely helpful. I would have never been able to make the progress I have made without Chinese Surfing and wouldnt have been able to maintain motivation.



Q5

What challenges did you encounter in learning Chinese? How did you overcome them?


A


Ive encountered many challenges from pronunciation, remembering characters to sentence structure but I overcome them with determination, practice and motivation given to me from Chinese Surfing.



Q6

Do you have tips for effective online/offline learning?


A


I think the best tips would be preparation for both online and offline working. Preparation and attitude. If youre truly ready to learn I dont think it matters whether youre online or offline. Probably if you dont have that attitude the teachers at Chinese Surfing will motivate you but its definitely better to have it and be prepared for learning and improving.



Q7

What do you think of the teachers and service at Chinese Surfing?


A


Great, its a really friendly environment when you arrive before your class. Other teachers even if they dont teach you will encourage you to speak Chinese with them. Specifically, your teacher will work hard for you and give you everything you need to succeed with learning materials and even mental support.



Q8

Do you know other Mandarin learners in your offline environment? How do you practice Mandarin?


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Some of my friends study Chinese yes. I practice mainly by just being in everyday situations in China as well as talking to Chinese friends using mandarin. Actually, between classes usually homework keeps me busy and practice by completing my homework; writing stories, reading news articles, preparing speeches and completing exercise tasks.



Q9

Whats your learning goal?                                          


A


My language goal is to communicate fluently in Chinese. Have Chinese friends that cant speak English and pass through all of the HSK exams. This goal seemed impossible one year ago but after some time you can realise eventually this is possible.

My language goal is to communicate fluently in Chinese. Have Chinese friends that cant speak English and pass through all of the HSK exams. This goal seemed impossible one year ago but after some time you can realise eventually this is possible.



Q10

Whats your favorite Chinese phrase, trivia, or character?


A


One of my favourite things related to Chinese is listening to Chinese music and watching Chinese music TV shows. So, I have some favourite Chinese singers such as; ( Ln Jnji) or (Yun y wi).



Q11

What changes have you discovered from learning Chinese?


A


Learning Chinese has helped me with a lot of things like not quitting when things are difficult. Its also helped me learn more skills for my teaching job from understanding learning techniques that have worked on me. Actually, Ive even learned personal changes and development of myself throughout learning Chinese. The feeling of improving in something that was so alien and incomprehensible to me only around 14 months ago has taught me a lot.


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