Hi! My name is Sophia. I am a college student, I have studied Mandarin for five years and passed the AP Chinese exam. I have lots of background on the best study tips for language learning and different tools for better fluency. As a non-native speaker, I understand the difficulties that many face when first starting a foreign language. But with determination and practice, any language is achievable, even if difficult! All you have to do is start.
I believe that all language learning must start with a strong amount of vocabulary. Beginning with the most commonly used words and tested on HSK assessments, students will learn vocab that will assist them with daily conversation and life. To make sure the vocab isn't forgotten, students will practice speaking, writing, and reading the characters. Memorizing how to write the character is not required, but recognizing it is. The first few sessions will revolve around basic aspects of Chinese language, such as the idea of radicals, tones, and pinyin. All teaching will have some connection to Chinese culture and language. Students will work at their own pace based on how well they do on simple vocab quizzes.