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1. Twitter (http://www.twitter.com )- a free social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time. You can ask students to post 100 characters on twitter. Connect the language with life. 2. Online dictionary- look for new words or terms 3. flickr (http://www.flickr.com )- a web to share photos with classmates 4. listen to this (http://www.iflylanguage.com/ListenToThis )-copy or type an article, it will read the content in either male voice or female voice. 5. Voki (http://www.voki.com )- Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters… animals, monsters, anime etc. 6. Voice Thread (http://www.voicethread.com )- A Web-based digital-storytelling application that enables you to share your stories or slideshows through audio, images, videos, or text with others online. 7... read more

http://www.wyzant.com/resources/video/322097/Introducing_myself   Are you looking to learn English as a second language? Or do you want to learn Chinese? Whether you are a college student learning English or a professional seeking to learn Mandarin Chinese, I can help you make real progress in the language learning process. As a native speaker of English, I have lived abroad and experienced what it's like to learn a second language. in the process I have gained many insights into the language learning process and this experience has better prepared me to help tutor students seeking to learn English. If you're seeking to learn Mandarin, I understand where you're coming from and I share your native language and cultural perspective so that I can explain things to you in a way you will understand. I can also share tips for helping you to learn Mandarin. For Chinese-speaking students learning English I can explain difficult concepts to you... read more

Children can achieve academically successful with Chinese parent’s strict discipline -with Chinese viewpoint YEH PEI YU(Claire Yeh) Abstract Strict disciplines and rules make some children to achieve expect of parents. Efficient way can make parents have time to handle their work in this rush life. Chinese concept influences all Chinese parents. Strictly disciplines will make their children growth into successful person in academicals. Hence, there will new nouns in the world “Tiger mom and Wolf father” which is using strictly way to educate their children, not in the same area. Compare those two parents to find out the way, and avoid some problems using too strictly disciplines. Using Chinese thinking is to make successful children in academically. Introduction Can Chinese parents in different environment and use strict discipline make their children academically successful? This article wants to find out the same Chinese... read more

My course includes authentic cultural content Chinese culture, from its city-scapes, history, and arts, to local habits and conventions, is vividly depicted across all media of the program. Some examples include: • Various forms of greetings • Perceptions of visitors to China • Major Chinese festivals • Color symbolism in traditional China • Courteous bargaining in street markets • Chinese reactions to Western food • Conventions for ordering in restaurants • The roles of host and guest.  

I know I have said that memorizing Chinese characters is all about repetition, but I have to admit that that is not quite true. While repetition is the meat and potatoes of getting these mysterious images to sink in, there are some tools of the trade that I have learned as a CSL (as opposed to ESL) student and would like to share. This is edition 1 of a few blogs that will cover this topic! First: I have already mentioned that radicals can play a large role in explaining the meaning of a character. For instance, you may happen to have a Chinese dictionary that has a special kind of character index whose use goes something like this:   First you look closely at the character and determine a key radical in it that gives it meaning. That radical may be “huo” or “fire”, “ren” or “person”, “cao” or “grass-like”, “kou” or “mouth” etc, etc. You can find a list of these kinds of radicals in the front to the dictionary index,... read more

I’ve heard it suggested that one should learn to speak Chinese and put off learning characters until one has a better grasp of the spoken language. At first my thought was, “Well, I’ve never considered it. Perhaps they’re on to something”. But I spent some time contemplating it while writing my Chinese characters over and over again and I’ve decided that I disagree. This is because there are two parts to many characters that make them easier to remember when a little bit of effort is put in to try and wrap one’s head around these concepts.  Often times, there is what is called a “radical” that gives meaning to the word and a “radical” that gives sound to a character. For instance, in the character “Hai” For “Sea” the character contains a water radical to the left and a “Mother” radical (“Mu” from “Muqing”) to the right under another couple of strokes (type “Sea” into Google translate and it will give you the character for “Hai”... read more

Hi, everyone! Welcome to WyzAnt!     I am a Chinese Mandarin Tutor here and very happy to help you with your Chinese learning.     If you have any questions concerning Chinese learning, please feel free to post your questions and I will get back to you as soon as I can.     I live in western suburb of Chicago and if you need help face to face, find me here at WyzAnt!    My first tip for you to learn Chinese is: Set a solid foundation of the 4 tones first, then move on to whatever. If you can not grasp the 4 tones (there is also a light tone besides these major 4 tones)of Chinese pronunciation, you cannot learn Chinese well. 

First of all, why are you learning Chinese? Do you learn it because you want to master one more language? Do you learn it since you like the Chinese culture? Do you learn it thus you can travel around China? Are you working with Chinese? Are you working in China? Or, you just simply like the language? No matter what reason, it is all about communication. Reading, writing and listening lead only to one result: speaking. Hence, go outside and talk to a Chinese. You've achieved your goal!   Secondly, talk to a Chinese. Speak is the most important thing in learning a language. If you learn one word, then repeat that one word. When you knew ten words, use them all!   Finally, talk to a Chinese!! books, radios are good, but the best is to talk to the Chinese, try to get this opportunity everyday. If you really can not find a Chinese today, pretend you are a Chinese, talk to yourself.    Further more,  talk to a Chinese!!!That means you... read more

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