It is no mystery that learning a foreign language can be daunting. I especially felt this way when coming to China. To me, learning Chinese and becoming fluent in the language felt nearly impossible by myself, so I decided to take a Chinese class in Suzhou.
Upon researching language schools in Suzhou, I first opted for Mandarin House. They seemed like a good option with affordable prices. However, upon studying at Mandarin House for several months, I realized that I still wasn’t making a lot of progress with my spoken language. The classes were mostly composed of grammar lectures and vocabulary intro and repetition, so there was little time for me to put the grammar structures and said vocabulary into use.
It was frustrating. I could understand basic grammar and had memorized mountains of vocabulary, but I still felt unable to communicate. I also found that I was having a lot of trouble with tones, so even when I spoke, I was hardly understood.
At this point, I decided to part ways with Mandarin House and found another language school located in Suzhou called New Concept Mandarin (NCM). Upon meeting with Lisa, the NCM course advisor, I knew that I had found the language school best for my learning needs and was eager to begin my studies.
An aspect I love about New Concept Mandarin is it’s learn-at-your-own-pace style, and it’s flipped learning approach to acquisition of language. Essentially, with New Concept Mandarin, I study the learning modules via video lesson at home. In this way, the lecture portion of the lesson happens independently and I can always re-watch the course lectures if I need to repeat anything or need extra practice before class.
As the vocabulary and grammar of each unit is learned at home, the valuable time spent in the classroom is used for speaking activities and practice, dialogue and conversation using the learned language. During class time, one can also ask any questions about the grammar and vocabulary learned in the at-home learning modules or pose questions about situations encountered in daily life.
My course instructor is very professional and always provides feedback regarding my performance in class and has helped me immensely with pronunciation. She has also given me tips for daily life and cultural insights into life in China. Every class brings new insights into life in China and I always leave class feeling a bit more fluent than the last.
As an NCM student, I can say that New Concept Mandarin provides a wholesome and multi-faceted approach which makes learning Mandarin easy and fun. There are not only video lectures for language learning, but also online practice and workbook practice. These useful tools have been more than helpful in facilitating my Mandarin learning experience.
During the progress of my course, I’m always getting feedback from my course instructor and am continually learning how to perfect my pronunciation and to sound more natural. I now feel more confident in Mandarin and after 3 months am already able to order food, have basic conversations with locals in Suzhou and am able to use the transportation tools available to me to get around China efficiently. I am looking forward to my future progress and intend to continue my study of Mandarin with New Concept Mandarin. At this point, I can’t imagine learning Chinese any other way!
By way of conclusion, learning Mandarin is an indispensable tool for any foreigner oriented towards China. Whether you are looking to live in China, do business in China or even learn more about Chinese culture, I recommend New Concept Mandarin as you embark on your language journey. They are professional and tailor classes to meet your needs and specific learning style. For those looking to become fluent, or even to have survival level skills in China, NCM is an indispensable resource and you will not be disappointed.
Resources and More Info:
For those interested in learning Mandarin, I recommend that you visit the New Concept Mandarin website to learn more about the course structure, contact information and more details. https://www.newconceptmandarin.com/learn-chinese-online/
New Concept Mandarin has learning centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Suzhou and Shenzhen. Classes are also available online. If you are considering a move to China, New Concept Mandarin can help you to start learning before you arrive and China, and will continue to help you improve your language skills throughout your experience in China. ^-^
~Wishing you all the best in your language studies!