One of my New Years Resolutions in 2016 was to learn Mandarin. For me, I have always known the importance of the Chinese market for my career and that it would be a great thing to learn anyway, but I never set aside the time necessary or sought out the right teacher to progress. Thanks to my BNI Networking Chapter, I met Alice Han and I decided it was time to take action! I'd like to be able to converse with sponsors, race teams, and speak fluently in my interviews on Chinese television for example.
I have just finished my second Mandarin lesson for the week, recapping the last 8 lessons in my text book and then learning how to book a plane ticket with a travel agent...
There are some parts of the language which are easier than Spanish (which I learnt at school) - for example, you do not need to change the verb depending on the tense - which makes learning them significantly easier! There are some set rules which you have to think of before answering, for example, you have to state the time of the action (i.e. next week) before stating the action itself, but once you get used to this it isn't too bad.
I am focussing about 80% of my effort on learning the pinyin, but Chinese characters are very interesting to learn and write, albeit they are very challenging! There is even a set order that you have to do the strokes in order to make the character.
Thankfully the lessons are really enjoyable and done in such a way that advances my learning quickly and efficiently, so much so that the time flies by!
If you would like to learn Mandarin or Cantonese in an enjoyable and effective manner, please contact Alice via clicking the link below or contact me to introduce you!