Why do I use stairs in the logo?

– What I believe and value

 Learning a new language is like climbing stairs. Every little step is very important because each of them will get you closer to the top, to see the beautiful scenery. You can climb slowly, you can climb fast, or you can run up the stairs; however, it may usually result in stopping in the middle of the way, and then give up. 

 There are, indeed, a few people who can run up the stairs without stopping and eventually reach their goal, and those people sometimes even reach the top very fast. They are called the fast learners. You might want to say that they can do it fast because they are more talented, but this is not always true. Most of the cases are because they have been working hard when you are not seeing them, and some of them are doing this for life every day. For example, they might be athletes, so they have trained themselves to have stronger strength than other people. 

 For learning a language, fast learners usually have been learning languages for a long time. They can be language enthusiasts, bilinguals, or have language-related professions. Learning languages is what they do. Thus, it is like climbing stairs, if you never train yourself for it, it is unlikely for you to achieve as fast or as smoothly as those fast runners do. 

 Practice is the key, never compare yourself to others while learning things, since everyone is unique, everyone is different, and everyone has a different pace of learning. Work hard from your heart, and you will see noticeable progress in this rewarding learning journey, cheers!

What do I want to convey with “Learning, Creating”?

 When you are speaking a different language, your brain functions differently as well. You also think in a different way, and talk differently. You may also use different gestures, body languages and tones. These are AMAZING. We all know that when you are at a certain level of a foreign language, you will start to adapt to their culture, understand how they act and know their common values. The moment that you sound more native-like is usually when you combine and mix the language background into your speech and behavior. Therefore, learning a new language is like creating a NEW YOU. You will be able to explore a new world deeply, meet new people, and gain new opportunities and experiences! Make up your mind today, and let’s walk in the world of Mandarin Chinese!

What’s the learning method we are using here?

 To make your learning most effectively is to focus on the quality of language input instead of quantity. A lot of learners, especially B2-C2 level students, struggle with learning new words. By saying learning new words here, I mean actually having those new words become part of your vocabulary bank, in other words, to be able to use them anytime and any situation that you need them. Most of the learners feel overwhelmed at the beginning when they see those new words from topics that they aren’t familiar with, and the following scenario(an optimistic one) usually happens after: 1. “Nice, they look like very useful words.” 2. “Let me note them down.” 3.The next 30mins(mostly much less)…”What were those words again?” 4. “Oh, right, they are here, let me check out the meanings again…” 5. Two days after…”Wait, I think I know how to say and describe this in Chinese, but what is it again…?” 6. Lost memory goes away with lost notes- the end.

 If the situation above describes you, then congrats, you’re at the right place! The method we are using here is designed for learners struggling to move step forward on their language learning journey. You already know that learning a new language to a certain level is about walking out from textbooks, audiobooks, apps or any other structured class-oriented made materials, stepping into real-world language that native speakers actually use, and repetition is the key to learning new vocabulary, but how exactly should you do when you’re not even sure where to start? Here it is, based on years of language teaching experiences and feedback from students, plus also being as a language learner myself, I know and understand how you feel, totally. 

 Now, you just need to commit to a new learning routine- Listen, Review-listen again with study materials and Practice, and luckily, without “painful” effort. Why? This podcast is customized real-talk specially made for learners, in other words, if you remove those extra help of explanation and translation in the episode, the content would be just as how you would discuss or talk about a certain topic in Chinese! That is to say, it is like listening to any of the Chinese audios, videos, news, or even your Chinese-speaking friend, BUT with instant pauses, translation, explanation, slower speech and more! From now on, you have a place to listen to various topics and learn different kinds of words in a COZY and RELAX way.