"Learning to Speak the Mandarin Chinese language...is meant to be fun and natural"

"Frequently Asked Questions
About Learning to Speak
the Chinese Mandarin Language

Following is a list of common questions, people ask us. If you have any other questions we have not answered, please contact us and we will get right back to you.

What's so special about ChinaSpeak

> Can I learn even if I'm not in Perth, Australia?

> How is ChinaSpeak Method different from all the other learning Chinese programs?

> How do I know that ChinaSpeak doesn't contain the same old "rote book learning" that I've seen so many times over the years?

> Will ChinaSpeak give me immediate results, or is it a program where I have to put in a lot of hours to study and memorise?

> How is ChinaSpeak different from all the learn-to-speak-Chinese programs that give you a thick book and maybe a CD to complement it?

> Does ChinaSpeak teach me to write Chinese characters (those chicken scratch words)?

> When I order online, do I get FULL access to the program instantly?

> What file formats are the downloadable video and audio in?

General

> Is Chinese really hard to learn?
> What kind of Chinese will I learn to speak?
> What can I expect to learn from your courses?
> How long will it take before I can converse in Chinese with other Chinese speakers?
> Will I be able to read and write the language as well?
> What should I do to improve my Chinese speaking ability?

Face-to-Face Classes

> When are your classes held?
> Where are your classes held?
> How many students do you have in each class?
> The course I want to enroll in has already started. Is it too late to join in?
> Do you offer private training?
> What is the investment for a course?
> Do you have any guarantee of satisfaction for your programs?
> Can I get a refund if I can't start speaking in 58 minutes as promised?

Other

> I’m going to China next week (or next month). Can I quickly learn to speak some Chinese?
> Our company is dealing with more and more Chinese tourists and clients. What do you suggest to help us give even better customer service?

 

Answers to Your Questions

Can I learn even if I'm not in Perth, Australia?

Most definitely! This is the reason why we invested a lot of sweat, blood and tears into professionally producing the videos and audios. To help people like you who may not be in Perth.

So that you can get the benefit of starting to speak Mandarin Chinese in 58 minutes, wherever you are in the world, whenever you want to.



How is ChinaSpeak Method different from all the other learning Chinese programs?

ChinaSpeak has done a lot of research into how the human body learns. Notice that we didn't say the human brain. We use the whole body in learning.

It is totally different to the traditional textbook approach to learning.

You only learn how to speak and understand Chinese not read and write.

The programs are specifically focused on our in-built natural rhythms and learning patterns. It caters to how we are wired to learn naturally instead of us changing to learn from books un-naturally.

Books have their place but we believe it's not at the beginning, especially when learning to speak.

It's pretty hardwork swimming upstream against a raging river. Why not go with the flow and enjoy the journey?

 

How do I know that ChinaSpeak doesn't contain the same old "rote book learning" that I've seen so many times over the years?

Good question. I'm glad you asked.

1st of all, when you get your pack, you'll notice that there is very little written material. No books, no pens, no paper. We actually encourage you, when you're starting to speak to Not have anything.

2nd of all and more importantly, I'd like you to imagine yourself...

as a baby child...

How did you get your first exposure to language?

Was it through a thick book?

Was it through picking up a pencil and writing?

This is the fundamental flaw in the traditional textbook approach. We naturally first learn to listen and speak before reading and writing. It's a fact. You and I, all of us learn this way.

Oh and another very 'funny' yet important point:

When do you enjoy learning?

When you're having fun?

Or when it's boring and hard work?

It's only possible that you can start Speaking Chinese within 58 minutes only because it is natural and fun for you.

 

Will ChinaSpeak give me immediate results, or is it a program where I have to put in a lot of hours to study and memorise?

We promise and back it with a full guarantee that you'll be able to feel immediate results and be able to make your own sentences and questions within 58 minutes of the program. Be ready to surprise yourself. =)

You'll be speaking naturally with fun. And you'll be able to almost remember it for the rest of your life. A big claim and our students tell us that they can remember it over 2 years ago.

 

How is ChinaSpeak different from all the learn-to-speak-Chinese programs that give you a thick book and maybe a CD to complement it?

These programs are based on the assumption that if you can read it enough times. And listen to a native speaker rattle off sentences enough times - it'll sink in.

Fair enough, it'll sink in after repeated exposure again and again. The question is:

   Is it fun?

   For how long,

   And how much can you express yourself in speaking and understanding Chinese?

ChinaSpeak caters to your natural learning pattern - the way we're all wired and programmed instinctively by Mother Nature. And our students tell us it's an unforgettable, fun and engaging experience.

 

Does ChinaSpeak teach me to write Chinese characters (those chicken scratch words)?

In short, No.

No characters will be covered at all. That will come more naturally when you can start speaking Mandarin Chinese. Writing takes more determination and effort.

 

When I order online, do I get FULL access to the program instantly?

You betcha! You will immediately be taken to the download page with your username and password. In case you forget to write it down, you'll also receive an email with your username and password and link to log in and download EVERYTHING.

And start watching your videos. And listening to your audio tracks. Instant access, 24/7.

Oh and I forgot to add, you'll also get an email with your ChinaSpeak User Guide to download so that you make the most of your ChinaSpeaking experience.

 

Can I start learning from my own computer - even if I'm NOT online?

Most definitely!

After we receive your confirmation, you get to download all the audio and video learning materials to your own computer (laptop or notebook)

So even if you're away from an internet connection, you can continue watching the videos and listening to the audios (even on a MP3 player like iPod).

The aim is to make it as convenient as possible for you where you can start speaking anywhere, anytime you want.

That's our dream and goal - to help you wherever you are.

 

What file formats are the downloadable video and audio in?

The audio files are mp3's - which can be played by any computer. It can be played by Apple computers and Windows with Windows Media Player.

The video files are mp4's - the best file quality for downloading and watching. These can be naturally played by Apple computers. If you have Windows, all you have to do is have a free Movie Player called Quicktime. It can be simply downloaded online through www.Apple.com/Quicktime/Download. Just click here to go to the page for the download.

 

Q: Is Chinese really hard to learn

Unfortunately, this is a very common view. It most likely comes from learning to read and write Chinese characters and the tonal nature of Chinese. Learning to read and write does take more time.

Tones, however, are not a totally alien concept to English speakers. Too often, precise tone pronunciation is overemphasised. It is no small wonder people are often put off.

We all speak in sentences and within context, a Chinese will rarely has trouble understanding what you saying. Notwithstanding, we have a unique way of training you in tones naturally.

Learning to speak Chinese, however, is quite simple with the cFoo Method. Chinese sentence structure is fairly straightforward and in a lot of cases, is much easier compared to English. For example, Chinese does not have verb tenses (past, present, future); no gender specifics, no declensions, no different prefixes or suffixes according to singular or plural numbers.

In our courses, grammatical terms are hardly mentioned. Our organic learning foundation principle ensures you absorb the concepts naturally.

 

Q: What kind of Chinese will I learn to speak?

All ChinaSpeak courses teach Standard Mandarin Chinese, also known as Mandarin Chinese or just Chinese. This is the standardised national language learnt by all Chinese in China and Taiwan. Almost all native Chinese people can speak Standard Mandarin Chinese, which may be influenced by the local dialect and regional accent.

Note that in Hong Kong that on the street, Cantonese (a dialect) is mainly spoken. Having said that, since the 1997 handover, the educational curriculum now has Hong Kong children learning to speak Standard Mandarin Chinese as well as an increasing number of professionals taking Standard Chinese courses.

In Taiwan, the Republic of China, most Taiwan citizens speak both Standard Mandarin Chinese (some terms differ slightly from China) and Taiwanese, known as Minnan Yu, a dialect from the South of the Fujian province in China.

In Malaysia and Singapore, most local Chinese will be able to at least speak a combination of Standard Mandarin Chinese, Hokkien (a dialect similar to Taiwanese) or Cantonese.

 

Q: What can I expect to learn from your courses?

We specialise in helping you achieve a level of proficient conversation. Conversation involves both speaking and understanding. All too often, we may be able to express ourselves but cannot understand what is coming back at us. ChinaSpeak ensures you understand as well.

The beauty about the cFoo Method is that you will be given the tools to learn independently. You will learn to learn. We strongly believe in empowering you so that you do not have to rely on us.


Q: How long will it take before I can converse in Chinese with other Chinese speakers?

A One of the most remarkable features of the cFoo Method is the speed of the results you achieve. What would normally take weeks of traditional study, if not more, can be achieved in a matter of hours with ChinaSpeak. Our trainers guide you through a learning process at a rapid yet relaxed, enjoyable rate.

Your confidence and your ability to speak jumps up and up as you progress.

 

Q: Will I be able to read and write the language as well?

Unlike phonetic European languages, like English, French, Spanish, German, the Chinese written script employs a concept where symbols, called characters represent words. There is a phonetic system to romanise the characters called pinyin, literally “spell sound”.

Only on specified request will written characters be incorporated into the courses. From research and experience, you will learn to read and write much faster and enjoyably when you reach a certain level of speaking ability. You already have a speaking foundation so you can concentrate more on reading and writing.

 

Q: What should I do to improve my Chinese speaking ability?

Without a doubt, direct contact with native Mandarin Chinese speakers is usually the best way. We say ‘usually’ because it is best when you have a firm speaking foundation compared to being a complete beginner. You will not pick up ‘bad’ habits and will be able to learn much faster with the tools we give you throughout the courses.

From research and experience, we strongly recommend that you learn to speak Chinese (or any language) with family, friends or colleagues. You will learn much faster in a small group environment with people you are already comfortable with. You learn from each other through listening and speaking corrections. You will not feel all the attention on yourself alone. Outside class, you can practice more with one another.

 

Q: When are your classes held?

We are flexible and cater to your schedule. Public interactive classes are for those who have invested, (either in a copy of the DVD/CD Packs or Online Video/Audio Packs). They are usually held during the week in the early evening after business hours.

 

Q: Where are your classes held?

For your flexibility and convenience, we can hold courses in your office or home. Please see private training. We also have facilities centrally located in Perth city for public courses.

 

Q: How many students do you have in each class?

ChinaSpeak courses specifically have small classes of a maximum of only eight students. This gives you valuable teacher-student time. On average, classes usually have between four and six students.

Personal attention, particularly for language learning, is very important to ensure you are on track. Your success in speaking Chinese with your peers is paramount to us.

 

Q: The course I want to enroll in has already started. Is it too late to join in?

For your benefit, we have a strict, maximum class size of 8 to ensure that you get the full value of your course. On some occasions, courses do not have to have full classes to start-off. In such cases, you can take the private catch-up lessons with us to get up to speed.

 

Q: Do you offer private training?

Yes, we do give private training courses, which cater to your specific needs and schedule. For your convenience, we can come to you to your office or home where you will feel most comfortable (within reasonable vicinity of Perth city).

For your benefit though, we strongly recommend that you learn to speak with at least another family member, friend or colleague. You will learn much faster in a small group environment with people you are already comfortable with. You learn from each other’s mistakes and will not feel all the attention on yourself alone. You can practice with each other out of class.

Please contact us for your specific requirements.

 

Q: What is the investment for a course?

Please see the details for each different ChinaSpeak program here.

 

Q: Do you have any guarantee of satisfaction for your programs?

Yes. Alex personally guarantees in all of his courses that you will start to communicate, speak and understand Mandarin Chinese. If after the first 58 minutes of learning you feel that it's hard or cannot start speaking any Mandarin Chinese (making your own sentences and questions) - tell us and we'll refund your money, no questions asked.

 

Q: Can I get a refund if I can't start speaking in 58 minutes as promised?

Of course!

If you feel you cannot start speaking Mandarin Chinese, then we WANT YOU to tell us so that you get all your money back, quick and easy.

For the face-to-face classes, if you can't make a class for a lengthy block of time, you can reschedule to the next one that opens.

A perfect example is Percy Kotkis. He attended the first class lesson but couldn't make it to the next three lessons because he would be overseas so he postponed to the next course and restarted again WITH his grandson!

 

Q: I’m going to China next week (or next month). Can I quickly learn to speak some Chinese?

Most definitely. The beauty about the cFoo Method is the speed at which you start speaking. We structure courses in a variety of ways. Please call us to arrange a suitable schedule for you and your colleagues, friends or family. We will cater to your schedule and needs.

 

Q: Our company is dealing with more and more Chinese tourists and clients. What do you suggest to help us give even better customer service?

The Australia Tourist Commission has estimated that there has been an average 20% annual growth of Chinese tourists visiting Australia.

Customer service is a very important issue and more often than not, it is the simple things that will enhance a Chinese customer’s experience. Depending on your industry and your specific needs, we can help you make a favourable impression through key language, cultural etiquette tips and courtesies.

Make an impact now. Just contact us and have a chat about your specific requirements.

 

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