Help for Your Nagging Mandarin Chinese Problems

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  1. Hi, can you give some tips on an easier way to learn the language? Can you recommend a website or program that has helped you in learning Mandarin?

    Thanks,
    nico

    • Hi Nico,

      Have you tried Livemocha.com and FluentU.com? πŸ™‚

  2. Where do you recommend are the best places to learn Mandarin in Manila ?

    • Hi Chris!

      Thanks for the question. I’m not really in a position to recommend learning institutions for my focus really is self-study and creating a learning environment around you. Your home could be the best place to learn Mandarin Chinese if your mind is set to doing it.

      Having said that, if you really need foundational lessons and Mainland Chinese teachers, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. does offer Chinese lessons for a reasonable time considering the length of instruction. You may contact them through the link below. By the way, I am not affiliated with this institution. This is not an endorsement.

      http://www.ffcccii.org/contact-us-%E8%81%94%E7%B3%BB%E6%88%91%E4%BB%AC/

      Hope this helps!

      • Can you give feed backs to mandarin teaching at the ateneo Confucius center and Berlitz language center? DO you have colleagues who took classes on those institutions? Can you give the pros and cons? Thanks.

        • I have experienced studying at the Confucius Institute at Ateneo. It was really excellent and I learned more from my 5 months there than I did in 10 or so years in my Chinese school during elementary and high school BUT it was a special program arranged by the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation hence I’m not sure if it is a representative of the usual courses they offer. I haven’t heard much from Berlitz from my colleagues. I only know of their publications which are rich and helpful but not of their language center.

  3. Hi, is there a group where people meet up to brush up on their mandarin speaking skills?

    • Hi Mike!

      Nice to hear from you. Unfortunately, I don’t know any group as of the moment that physically meet up specifically for Mandarin conversation.

      I believe the benefits of having a group is
      1. To have a sense of community to exchange experiences and advice
      2. To have someone to practice with

      I have a suggestion that would allow you to enjoy these benefits without having a physical group

      1. You may want to checkout this site http://www.chinese-forums.com/index.php?/index. It is a forum that discusses A LOT about learning Mandarin including resources, techniques, experiences etc. This addresses the community aspect of it.

      2. For practice, you may want to find a language exchange partner at http://www.livemocha.com or http://www.italki.com. I have personally had good success with both sites. There are plenty other sites you could look into. These are the two that I have personally used.

      Does this help?

      Let me know if there are anything else you need help with.

      • Sorry for interrupting ur conversation.. Maybe u can use qq international.. Thats like YM but the main language is Mandarin. Just take a look at http://www.imqq.com

        Find ur friend there and have a chat. They are commonly using Mandarin πŸ™‚

        • Hi Sunarto!

          Thanks for chiming in. πŸ™‚ Yes QQ is widely used in Mainland China and is preferred by a lot of the language exchange partners I have met. Others are MSN and Skype.

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