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"MP3's were much better than Berlitz

24 September 2007

"Video lessons were very helpful - learning individual Mandarin words and putting them together into different sentences and contexts reinforced the words and was a lot easier than rote learning.

Using imagery helped the words stick in my mind!

MP3's were much better than Berlitz. They went more slowly and supported the video lessons.

It was great to go to dinner - put it into context and speaking to the waiters made it more realistic.

Overall a great experience!

Occupational Therapist
Perth, Australia

"Every day as I go in my office
I look forward to opening your emails...

6 September 2007

"Ni Hao,Alex Foo,

This centre is to promote the Chinese Culture in our Island. They give lessons in Chinese language.

Since I've been working here the Chinese offered me complimentary lessons.

But I have to stay after work and I don't have that time. I have no time to come in the evening again after work and besides your lessons are very interesting and effective.

I like learning with you. Every day as I go in my office I look forward to opening your emails. They are so interesting.

Thaks alot for the new Chinese words you are teaching me. I'm getting along fine thanks to you.

It's very interesting and exciting. So keep up the good work.


Antida Troisi
Malta Chinese Cultural Centre CCC

"...it is extremely easy and fun to learn...

Apr 8, 2007 9:06 PM

"Nihao alex,

i just wanted to thank you so far, it is extremely easy and fun to learn!

Thanks Again Alex!

Greg Steed
Ontario - Canada

"...I can learn very fast without pen and paper

Mar 31, 2007 10:45 AM


Really your teaching is so easy i can learn very fast with out pen and paper

Thanking u

Jayakumar Iyer
Bangalore, Karnataka -India

"...it's fun and unconventional...

Mar 27, 2007 6:13 PM

"Hello Alex,

I really enjoy your videos.

I'm currently studying in the Warwick University in the UK and taking Chinese level 1 module as a part of my course.

This language is difficult and im not sure if it is possible to learn it :)

But i truly enjoyed your videos and your way of teaching, because its fun and unconventional. thank you.

All the best,

Kristina Maslauskaite
Warwick University - United Kingdon UK

"...I really enjoy the lessons...

Apr 9, 2007 5:14 AM

"Nihao Alex, Foo ha quay la??

To you as well!

I really enjoy the lessons, they are helpful.

There are many Chinese people at my church and I can now talk to them a little, or at the very least humor them.

Clate Hollema
Oxford, Mississippi - USA

"I was one of those people daunted
by learning Chinese...

"I was one of those people daunted by learning Chinese.

But the progressive way in which the information was presented with the use of visualisation techniques and supportive help made the process really fun and achievable.

Jacinta Wilson

"...Thank you very much for calling me...

Apr 11, 2007 8:33 PM

"Nihao Alex,

Thank you very much for calling me.

The (TravelSpeak) program is fantastic.

I wonder how can I proceed from this level?

I would be very interested to know if some more advanced material is available and how.

Thanks again for a wonderful program.

Guy Shafran
Executive Manager
Hong Kong, China

"Thank you for your easy course...

Apr 19, 2007 6:07 PM

"Yes thank-you Alex for checking.

I am of to Hong Kong,China and Singapore tomorrow so I thank-you for your easy course.

Kind Regards

Shelly Taylor
Mandurah, WA

"I look forward to future lessons

Apr 14, 2007 7:39 AM

"Thank you very much for the lessons. They are great!

I have a passion for learning Chinese and other foreign languages, hoping to even travel to China soon to practice my skills.

I am currently studying Spanish,French,and Arabic. I am going to pursue a career with foreign languages after I graduate and go to college.

I watch CCTV at home and catch the news, learn culture, as well as veiwing the chinese lessons. I look forward to future lessons.

Xie xie =)

Robert Fox
Boston, Massachusetts - USA

"When they taught us that on the tour bus
it was much more difficult...

Apr 21, 2007 7:35 AM

"I've got a little spare time to play (in between work and masters studies) so will have that working for me as well.

I've just managed to get my computer to do what I asked it to do and have had the first lesson...so cool!

When they taught us that on the tour bus it was much more difficult -
great action to go with the words to help make it more concrete.

Thankyou. Can't wait for the next lesson.

Oh, my daughter was visiting and was so impressed (and giggling because I looked so silly) that she got on the computer and promptly emailed the site to herself so she may well be linking in soon. That would be so cool!

have a great day!

Tessa Oldfield
Launceston, Tasmania

P.S. Thank you again for your time and willingness to answer my questions.


"Very much impressed with the style...

Apr 21, 2007 7:37 AM

"nihao alex

I have enjoyed the mini videos very much and am very much impressed with the style adopted by you to teach.

It's quiet effective.


Gaurisha Chauhan
Sacramento, California

"very effective & made it easier & more fun to learn

24 September 2007

"The Chinese lessons were very useful.

I found the stories & visuals attached to the words to be very effective & made it easier & more fun to learn.

Thank you so much for your help.

Joanna Lyall
Ocupational Therapy Student - Curtin University
Perth, Australia

"...His style of teaching was both
very enjoyable and productive...

May 2005

"Myself and four other colleagues were going to China for a brief study tour.

We wanted to have some training in basic Mandarin.

Alex, our ChinaSpeak teacher, was sensational - he adapted a course specifically to our needs and provided a CD for us to continue learning after our course.

His style of teaching is both very enjoyable and productive. I recommend their courses to anyone!

Thanks Alex - it was great !

Daniel Hitchcock
Curtin University
Perth, Australia

"...made learning what I thought would be close to impossible...

"ChinaSpeak made learning what I thought would be close to impossible into something fun and easy!

Alex relates what you are learning into things that you know and understand, and we had a lot of fun in the process.

Melissa Pratt

"...I was surprised at the ease of picking it up

December 2004

"I was very impressed with the techniques used in the demonstration lesson over the phone.

I was surprised at the ease of picking up a number of Chinese words and being able to form sentences - all within 20 minutes.

The ChinaSpeak teacher was friendly and the lesson was very enjoyable.

Rebecca Williams
Melbourne, Victoria - Australia

"I found myself remembering words and terms
very easily which is fantastic!

May 2005

"I have found this experience very enjoyable. The environment was very supportive of our learning and as a group we have definitely valued each lesson.

The ChinaSpeak teaching style was excellent. I found myself remembering words and terms very easily which is fantastic.

Alex was a great instructor and very supportive of our particular cirumstances which is greatly appreciated.

The CD also provides a useful resource to continue and reinforce learning whilst in China.

Thanks Alex : )

Sarah Murphy
Perth, WA - Australia

"...the way ChinaSpeak teaches you,
it seems to come naturally...

April 2004

"To learn a new language such as Chinese could be daunting in anyone's mind

But the way ChinaSpeak teaches you, it seems to come naturally.

I like the idea that you are not using tools such as pen and paper as a crutch but just naturally speaking with the mind and the heart.

I think it is a fun way to learn and join in with other people experiencing the same.

Alice Demaine
English Language Training School
Sydney, Australia

"Has inspired me to learn more...

"Was a lot of fun + will miss these classes.

Has insipired me to learn more about China in the future + possibly even work there for a year.

May have also helped to learn a little more about reading pronunciation of Chinese words written in English.

Thank you =)

Andrea Gielens

"I was suprised by how much I progressed
over the hours to actually speak confidently...

May 2005

I was very happy with the ChinaSpeak course.

Not only was it a lot of fun (which coincidentally is how you say 'rice' in Mandarin), but I was surprised by how much I progressed over the 8 hours to actually speak confidently when talking in important situations, such as ordering food and drink, asking questions and being polite.

It was overall an experience I would thoroughly recommend to anyone interested in learning basic Chinese.

Hayden Long
Occupational therapy student
Perth - Curtin University

"...Really liked the way you incorporated stories into learning Chinese

24 September 2007

"The Chinese course videos were really good.

I really liked the way you incorporated stories into learning Chinese.

You are a very helpful and energetic teacher.

Alison Bennett
Curtin Ocupational Therapist
Perth, Australia

"...I won't forget the Chinese words I learnt..."

March 2005

"I recently participated in a 'Learn to Speak Chinese' demonstration conducted by Alex Foo of ChinaSpeak. I found it to be very interesting and fun and it is an experience I won't forget. i really enjoyed Alex's teaching style, and I won't forget the Chinese words I learnt.

It would be fantastic to travel to China one day and before I went, I would enrol in one of Alex's courses. I would recommend him to anyone I knew who wanted to learn Chinese the easy way.

Carolyn Warren-Langford
Perth, Australia

"...I have now taken 2 lessons and
I am already saying full sentences..."

November 2004

"I will be traveling to China in two months time and thought it would be a good idea to learn some of the language to help me get by.

I got in touch with Alex from ChinaSpeak, who gave me a demonstration on how he teaches with no paper and no pens. I first thought it was a little unusual to learn this way but a week after his free demonstration I still remembered everything he had taught me.

I have now taken 2 lessons and I am already saying full sentences. I feel confident that with a few more lessons I will have no problems traveling through China speaking and understanding Chinese.

I found Alex to be a very good teacher, more like talking to an old friend. I feel very relaxed while he teaches and find that he brings a playful element to teaching, which helps me learn.

Alex’s training is first-rate. I highly recommend him to anybody interested in learning Chinese.

Lloyd D’Rosario
Optus Telecommunications
Melbourne, Victoria

"...I thoroughly enjoyed the classes,
particularly the light-hearted and fun natured..."

May 2005

"I expected to learn the basics of speaking Chinese and be able to understand the basics also.

I thoroughly enjoyed the classes, particularly the light-hearted and fun nature in which the information was presented.

The CD also will be extremely beneficial after completion of the course as a reminder and was tailored to the needs of the group.

Overall, I highly recommend ChinaSpeak to anyone - for fun and knowledge.

Jane Fisher
Perth, Australia

"...I was able to impress Jade’s mother a few days later
with what I had learnt!.."

March 2004

"Both my partner Jade and I were very impressed with Alex’s style of training and we enjoyed his laid back, friendly demeanour.

He is good because he leaves you with a sort of flexible question/answer combination that you can use to practice with one another. Also, the fact that he left us with no written notes actually motivated us to remember the words and I was able to impress Jade’s mother a few days later with what I had learnt!

Before being too sceptical, I recommend that you at least take the opportunity to experience his lessons.

Herman Volpe
Sydney, Australia

"...allowed succesful retention of language learnt.."

May 2005

"The Shop&Dine ChinaSpeak course was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.

The presentation style was excellent and allowed successful retention of language learnt.

It was a lot of fun and Alex, our trainer, was great.

Alycia Pitts
Perth, WA - Western Australia

"...it seemed impossible for me to learn a language without reading or writing...

June 2004

"I have been attending ChinaSpeak's Chinese lessons for a few months now and found he has a very unique way of teaching.

At the beginning I was not sure it was going to work because it seemed impossible for me to learn a language without reading or writing. But Alex proved the contrary.

It is very rewarding to see that at the end of every lesson, my speaking ability expands even more. I will attend continually attend his classes for a long time because every one of them is different and very interesting.

Enzio Brolligo
Price WaterHouse Coopers
Sydney, Australia

"With your lessons and methods, the language
is actually sinking in!!!

23 July 2007

"Hi Alex,

Yes, I have received all the audios and videos...
thanks for asking. I have started the lessons and they are great.

I have bought several Chinese language books, tapes and CD's in the past but have made very little progress trying to learn to speak,read and write all at once.

However, with your lessons and methods, the language is actually sinking in!!!


Shelley Higgs
Brisbane, Queensland - Australia

"I thought learning Chinese would be difficult
and quite complicated but..."

25 September 2006

"I thought learning Chinese would be difficult and quite complicated but learning with ChinaSpeak was really fun.

Learning by listening to stories made classes entertaining and I learnt and remembered words without even realising.

We also learnt some basic cultural things about the Chinese culture and this will help with our China trip.

Unforgettable experience. xiexie ><

Curtin University

"...good you used different ways to get
across the same message

24 September 2007

"I found the videos to be very fun to learn from.

I thought it was good you used different ways to get across the same message.

The Chinese dinner outing was useful as we were able to put things into practice.


PT Curtin
Perth, Australia

"... I am now able to participate in conversations..."

"I was doing the course because of an upcoming placement in China. Before commencing the course I thought I might learn enough to ask for help or if anybody spoke English.

After completing the course I am now able to participate in conversations, order food and drinks, shop and ask for directions.

I am looking forward to using my new-learnt skills in China!

Matthew Montgomery

"...the helpful CDs were great..."

"The classes were really great especially considering how important is is for us to know some basic Mandarin prior to leaving for China.

My expectations re: learning were not hopeful as I have learnt other languages (Japanese, Italian, Indonesian) with minimal recall.

However Alex's enthuasiasm for teaching + the helpful CDs were great, as was the insistence by Alex not to use pen + paper.

This forced me to learn!! + use my poor memory =)

Overall I feel prepared to tackle China + equipped to effectively + to politely have discourse with people while respecting their culture.

Erryn Dickman

"Very relevant words, sentences and phrases...

* Visualisations really aided memory

* Very relevant words, sentences and phrases

* Would have preferred some visual info to help (but I understand the difficulty using English characters)

* Very friendly and personable!

* Made me feel welcome and valued!

Thank you - best of luck!!!

Rachel Long

"Lessons were fun and interactive...

"This has been a great experience.

Lessons were fun and interactive. I did not realise learning Chinese could be so easy.

Classes gave me more confidence in my abilities to converse + speak Chinese in a short space of time.

Lessons were held in the afternoon afer work decreasing my motivation to participate.

However besides this, everything was great!

Alicia Chew

"...especially like the summaries at the end of each
video session because this helps to reinforce
what I have just learnt

24 September 2007

"I have found the ChinaSpeak videos to be extremely beneficial.

By visualising the phrases and relating them to a story or action, it really makes the concept easier to to remember.

The pace of the video works well to cater for this.

I especially like the summaries at the end of each video session because this helps to reinforce what I have just learnt.

Thanks heaps Alex!

Kathryn Anderson
PT Student - Curtin University
Perth, Australia

"The lessons greatly exceeded my expectations...

"Initially I thought learning Chinese would be extremely difficult.

However after the first class, with Alex using a very clever + innovative way of teaching (ie telling the stories), I knew that learning Chinese would not be such a challenge.

The claases were really fun + dynamic + energising.

I enjoyed the ChinaSpeak classes a lot and I think Alex is a great teacher + very encouraging + helpful.

The lessons greatly exceeded my expectations.

Brighid Bourke

"...I found the practical application useful"

"Wo xihuan ChinaSpeak!

(I like ChinaSpeak!

See how much I know!

I found the practical application useful.

I think I would find some vocab sheets more of a help for remembering - because when you have the word written, it can clarify maybe pronunciation - with - oral technique.

Otherwise it was fun + interesting + helpful.

Rebecca Osbourne

"...Really liked the use of visualisation..."

23 May 2006

* Really liked the use of visualisation.

* Alex is very friendly and approachable.

* The CD's we got were very useful in assisting
our learning.

Thank you =)

Deanne Jones

"...learn things that are interesting
and help you to remember...

May 2006

"I am going to work in Shanghai for 4 weeks as part of the OT Abroad Program at uni.

I found the ChinaSpeak course to be heaps of fun and Alex finds ways to make you learn things that are interesting and help you to remember.

I would recommend this program to anyone wanting a fun way to learn Chinese.

Megan Smith

"I swear it is really helping me...

Apr 21, 2007 6:53 PM

"nihao alex,

sir thank u teaching me chinese and i swear it is really helping me. hope one day i would definatly able to speak a good tonuge.

David Niel
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

"What I have learned, I remember...

Apr 21, 2007 9:55 PM

"Nihao Alex,

Nihao ma? Wa hun hao!

I haven't had a lot of extra time to learn all of the greetings from the 1st modules, but what I have learned, I remember.

My Chinese students smile at my efforts. Yesterday, one of my bilingual kids asked me where I am learning Chinese. He is not shy. He said he will help me with my greetings. I really am pleased that I am learning.

Thank you for the bonus video--I watched it this morning and will practice. You are a good teacher!

In sincerity,

Marilyn Cassidy
(Marilyn is a teacher herself!)
Houston, Texas

"When I first encountered ChinaSpeak I was bit sceptical...

July 2004

"When I first encountered ChinaSpeak I was bit sceptical but now that I have fully experienced it for a number of weeks I recommend it to anyone who wants to speak Mandarin.

The 3 key things that make this different from other courses are:

Friendly intimate style - the class sizes are small so you get to develop a real rapport with him, who can adjust to your personality and focus on you as an individual.

Improved learning retention - with the individual attention and the focus on getting key content right during each lesson, my retention of what has been taught is much higher than my experience through community college courses.

Flexibility - Working in a managerial position means I cannot always stick to a schedule as much as I would like to. With Alex, there is greater flexibility to fit things into my schedule and therefore ensure I can relax and learn rather than worrying about what is happening at work."

If you want to try something that works, you should give Alex a go.

Richard Wong
Commonwealth Bank
Sydney, New South Wales NSW - Australia

"After the first (lesson), I was already speaking sentences...

I still can't believe how much I've learnt after not that many lessons.

After the first one, I was already speaking sentences.

Alex makes it very easy to learn Chinese. He's such an enthuasiastic teacher and made the lessons very enjoyable.

The stories are unforgettable and really help me remember the words.

Thank you so much for your help!

Teresa Carr

"The Chinese just love it if you can speak some Mandarin...

January 2004

"There are more business opportunities in the mainland and it becomes more important to break the ice. The Chinese just love it if you can speak some Mandarin.

Vivo Nunn
Hong Kong, China

"...I amazed myself by actually speaking the language
in the first hour...

March 2005

"After taking part in a Chinese language lesson with Alex of ChinaSpeak, I would highly recommend his lessons to anyone who needs or wants to learn Chinese fast.

At my last place of work the managing directors were setting off to China for a business trip and spent the week before studying phrase books, all of which they didn't manage to retain. The ChinaSpeak lessons would have been far more beneficial, allowing them to communicate with their clients.

I amazed myself by actually speaking the language in the first hour with no notepaper or writing instruments.

I will definitely be recommending ChinaSpeak to any future contact that requires such a service.

Rebeker Draper
Art Inspired
Perth, Western Australia

... and many more other success stories from people just like where you are now.

We just have to make more time to put them all online.

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