People who are following my blog from the beginning knows I've studied Chinese in china for 2 months using one on one tutoring. This is by far the most efficient way to learn anything, of course.
I had limited time in china so I wanted to get the most from it. indeed, i speak and talk basic Chinese now. but, not everybody can just leave their work,home,family for 2-3 months to do it.
Internet comes to help (like in any other case in life ), with the ability to learn online. I've been searching for online Chinese learning web sites for quite a while, while I was in China. The most interactive web site I bumped into was ChinesePod.com. I downloaded a few lessons and they are really doing a great job. I just used the free account though. They let you download mp3 files with lessons in various learning levels. At some point I understood it's not the optimal way for learning. In order to learn you need a person to teach you. somebody you can have a conversation with and stimulate you….
One day, I got a link from my twin sister. it was: ChineseVoice.com.They use a different method. They have a system to have a video conversation with a Chinese teacher in China! I haven't tried it yet although I registered for a trial lesson. They have courses in different levels and you get 2 very important obvious benefits:
1. One on one tutoring (there are also options for small group studies) and…!
2. No need to fly to china.
How is that for a start?
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