Serge is pretty good. He throws a lot of vocab at you at a time, and some of their dialogs get pretty fast, but I like him. Not much in the way of extra resources, besides the pdf transcript, and a basic fill in the blank worksheet per lesson.
I find it funny that I’m learning Chinese from an Irish dude, a Russian, and you, who seem to have a pretty good Canadian accent going Oh, and the native speakers … they are the hardest to understand, because they don’t enunciate as clearly as Chinese as 2nd language folks do.
Anyway, just wanted to say Hi and thanks. Keep up the great work .. enjoy your hiatus from creating new content. Looking forward to the improvements you mentioned, thought the website is pretty darn good already!]]>
Here are the key things I like:
1. Progressive lessons.
2. The transcripts have everything, not just the dialog.
3. In general, the way you organize and teach the lessons is more effective.
4. The choice of subjects is great. I’ve been studying Chinese for over three years already, and the lessons in the first level are filling some major gaps.
If only I had found you 3 years ago!
5. Being able to download zips of everything. (I’ve spent the last few days just downloading with my slow connection. 3.5 gb, my biggest download ever.
I’m amazed I didn’t have a single download problem except for a couple of false starts.)
6. The export mechanism.
I’m sure there’s more I will love as I continue to explore, as it seems you really “get it” about learning Chinese.]]>
After the disruption of moving & settling in (but also USING Chinese every day!) I am now going to resume the lessons as they are invaluable. Other overseas teachers have been learning but apart from one who has been studying Mandarin at university for 2 or 3 years I am well ahead of the rest so, Thank you CLO.205d ]]>
The only other source for Chinese learning that I’ve used consistently since the college classes is the Anki flashcard software. While I was taking the classes I used my class materials to make flash cards, but since then most of the flashcards I’ve made have been based off of CLO lessons.
I did listen to a number of Chinese Pod lessons for a while, but I found that review was difficult because of the lack of repetition across lessons. Chinese Pod has fun lesson topics and animated speakers, but repetition is essential for retention. After a fair amount of time comparing your system with Chinese Pod, I’ve found that CLO is significantly more effective because of the re-use of vocabulary.
The increase in difficulty has been fine for me. The only part I’ve been lagging on is my study of the characters — I only get about 20-30 minutes a day to study while I ride the subway to work, so it’s hard to practice the writing. I’m hoping that by forcing myself to switch to reading all characters, I can speed up that process.]]>
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn on your site. It has really had a major influence on my engineering skills and my work ethic.]]>
I must admit, I am very impressed with the level and professionality of the course. Some of the things I particularly like (in no apparent order):
- Building on previous lessons, both in vocab and in continuing going over the same topic for 2-3 lessons to let it sink in. Eg. the election and moving apartments stuff.
- The great variety of topics covered
- The great presenters!
- Using Chinese to explain Chinese (with you giving the occational english translation of difficult words or subjects near the end)
- Being able to have the PDFs of Characters, Pinyin and English as seperate files. Really makes it hard for you to sneak peak when there is stuff you dont understand.
- The lists of new words and characters
- The interactive premium content, mainly the podcasts with answering
questions in chinese and translating from english
Keep up the good work, you guys are doing a fantastic job. Looking forward to the finished level 6 for download!]]>