Wesley is a student from Australia who has been studying at Mandarin Inn for 3 years. He thinks learning mandarin is a wonderful way to learn more about China and understand how the language impacts thinking and culture. Interested in what he considers the most important method of learning Chinese? Let's have a look together!
Wesley来自澳大利亚，已经在Mandarin Inn学习了3年。 他认为学习中文是更好地了解中国、了解语言如何影响思维和文化的一种很好的方式。 很好奇他有什么好的学习中文的好方法? 让我们一起来看看吧!
Q: Please tell us how long you have stayed in China, how long you have studied at Mandarin Inn, what kind of course you are learning, and which level you are.
A: I am Wesley. I have lived in China for almost 3 years, and studied Chinese for over 2years. Now i am HSK3 level. I work for a high-speed railway company.
Q: Why did you come to China?What’s your impression on China or one specific city of China?
A: I came to China in 2018. My first visit to China was in 2014. China is a huge country, a great diversity of landscape people and present cuisine. After being able to travel around China and experience quite a bit on the very southernmost the most northern places and from the east to the far west, all is very different, I can see a great connection between the very eastern part of Europe and the western part of China so this is the Silkroad on China historically.
Q: Do you think it is useful for foreigners to learn Mandarin? Why? And why you’d like to learn Mandarin?
A: I set out to learn Mandarin in China as I am immersed in the language. I can use the language for simple day to day activities, thus I can naturally study and practice. It is a wonderful way to learn more about China and understand how the language impacts thinking and culture.
我来中国后开始学习中文，因为我沉浸在这门语言中。 我可以用这门语言进行简单的日常活动，因此我可以很自然地学习和练习。 这是更好地了解中国、了解语言如何影响思维和文化的好方法。
Q: As a good student, how do you learn Mandarin? Would you like to share your tips?
作为一名好学生，你是如何学习中文的? 你想分享一下自己的学习建议吗? 你学中文的时候是怎样激励自己的?
A: Make sure you go to class regularly, and try to avoid long gaps between class. I also use some apps to test my word recognition and help me write the character strokes correctly. One method is to look at a tree of words, having a central word and all the derivatives of the word use and how the word can be used with other characters to form different words. When I do my small tests, I aim to improve my average score. When I continually make no mistakes, I feel confident and happy with the achievement.
确保你按时上课，尽量避免课间间隔时间过长。 我用一些app来认汉字和学习写汉字。 一种方法是查看一个单词树，有一个中心单词和该单词的所有词性，以及该单词如何与其他字一起使用来组成不同的单词。 当我做小测验时，我的目标是提高我的平均分数。 当我错误不断减少时，我感到自信和快乐，很有成就感。
Q: Would you like to talk something about your teacher, do you like him/her? And What kinds of teacher’s behavior will encourage you to learn Mandarin?
A: All my teachers share their unique experience in teaching Chinese to Non-Chinese speakers. They have delightful stories about past teachings and how students are overcome challenges.
Q: Does mandarin inn meet your requirement of Chinese course? Atmosphere and environment are important for learning language, what do you think about these two factors in Mandarin inn?
A: Mandarin Inn teachers are of a very high standard. They are able to adapt their teaching style to what works be for you. The add extra value by creating conversation challenges in group classes, and make up flash cards to help you learn the words. They also show you small tricks and historical stories to help you remember the words. The school has a lovely relaxed setting where you can concentrate to perform at your best.
Mandarin Inn的老师水平非常高。 他们能够根据你的需要调整自己的教学风格。 通过在班课上创造对话挑战和制作词卡来帮助你学习单词。 他们还会向你展示小技巧和历史故事来帮助你记住单词。 学校有一个舒适的放松的环境，在那里你可以集中精力表现出你的最佳状态。
Q: Mandarin Inn hold cultural workshops every month, did you participate? And what kind of cultural activity do you expect in the future?
A: I have been unlucky and not able to attend the workshops due to other commitments. I have spoken to other student who have thoroughly enjoyed the workshops. The workshops allow them to engage with other who are learning, practice their Mandarin and learn more about Chinese culture. All in a very relaxed environment.
很不凑巧，每次都刚好有事情，所以都没能参加活动。 我和其他参加过活动的学生交流过， 活动让他们与其他正在学习汉语的人接触，练习他们的普通话，并更多地了解中国文化。 一切都在一个非常轻松的环境中进行。
Q: Mandarin Inn offers online course management system and some resources for learning Mandarin. How do you think about these online things? Does it works? Do you have some suggestions for that?
A: The online learning is very good.The zoom meetings work well with a group class and with individual class. The whiteboard and screen sharing allow for clear learning, additional notes and easy corrections. The video conferencing is clear and engaging as you can see the teacher and other students. The E-learning system for learning follows your HSK modules, and gives you flashcards, tests and sentences. You can use it on the metro for 5 minutes or for an hour at home. The class management is easy, you have a full schedule, can easily apply to change a class or not attend.
在线学习很好， zoom的在线课很适合小班课和一对一。 白板和屏幕共享可以很清晰的学习，很方便做笔记以及纠错。 视频会议清晰而吸引人，因为你可以看到老师和其他学生。在线的学习跟HSK完全匹配，有单词卡，测试和句子。 你可以在地铁上用5分钟，也可以在家里用一个小时来学习。 课程管理很简单，你有一个完整的时间表，可以很容易地申请改课或不参加。
Q: We’d like to create a community for our students, we hope more and more students will be involved in our school’s running. Is there any advice for our principle?
A: Finding out what people want and value. How much time to people have and what is the best medium to have the interaction. Are some people willing to lead or contribute to a project in a role. Explain how their contribution can benefit them.
Q: Finally, please say a your favourite Chinese sentence, and why.
A：”很好吃“. China is a big country, there are many delicious foods. People always ask you "好吃吗"，i really enjoyed the food, and always answer"很好吃"。“听到了吗”这是我最喜欢的句子，中国是一个很大的国家，有很多的美食。人们经常会问你”好吃吗“，我是真的很喜欢这些食物，所以经常会说”很好吃“。（完）