As a native Chinese speaker, I started learning English in middle school. Learning English made me feel that language learning was all about robotic memorization. In college, I took Spanish for two semesters and didn’t do well on my Spanish tests. I came to the conclusion that I was a lazy person and that language learning was not for people like me.
One day, I stumbled upon the idea of Comprehensible Input (CI) language learning. I felt that this approach to language learning was not only reasonable but fascinating as well, and I wanted to learn more. Therefore, I bought a book called “TPRS with Chinese Characteristics” by Terry Waltz. I invested so much of my energy into understanding the ideas in this book. They were so mind-blowing that I couldn’t wait to try them out in a real lesson. That is how my Chinese teaching journey began.
Now, when I look back on those days, I truly believe that all the effort I put in was worth it. Although it’s challenging to find time to shoot and edit videos while taking care of two energetic kids, I try my best to make my teaching meaningful and understandable to my audience. I’m very proud to be a part of the CI teaching world.
Now I’m ready for more challenges as I explore the CI teaching world. I hope that you can follow along with me in my teaching and learning adventures. By “you”, I mean everyone who believes that life can always be simplified. Like living life, learning a language can be challenging and confusing. Comprehensible Input simplifies it.
CHI comes from the first three letters of “Chinese”, and it’s also part of my brand name, HitChinese. “C” and “I” are highlighted because they stand for Comprehensible Input (CI), which is a brain-friendly way to learn a new language.
I am so passionate about Comprehensible Input teaching because I truly believe it’s the most effective way for students to learn any language.
In my comprehension-based Chinese lessons, it is my priority to make every word that I use meaningful to you. In each video lesson, I guide you through a mini-story that includes limited vocabulary combined in many different ways. This way, you’re not overwhelmed by having to learn too many new words at once. You also get more repetition in the words that are used, and learn many more ways in which they’re used.
I make sure you’ve acquired the terms by using a powerful technique called circling. Circling simply means I ask you easy questions based on the story. More importantly, circling is an interactive way to have more meaningful and varied repetition on the key words and sentence structures. By listening to my questions and answering them, you are interactively exposed to a massive amount of repetition. Thus, you’ll be able to learn Chinese naturally without robotic memorization.
Come check out my videos to see how Comprehensible Input teaching works!