Couple learned Chinese in just six months
Australian couple Mark and Bernadette learned the Chinese language in just under six months, the couple wanted to learn Chinese so they can communicate with the local people and really enjoy Chinese things and culture.
The couple being foreigners felt they were missing something on their five years of living in Hong Kong, so they decided to learn Chinese so they can start learning on the culture more deeply. Their friends told them that the best way to learn Chinese is to study in language schools in the mainland. Many of their friends said Shenzhen was not the best place to practice the language because of to many foreigners living in the city. Still the couple chose Shenzhen because its a nice and beautiful city and close to their friends that are living in Hong Kong.
The couple had strict criteria on choosing the right school to learn Chinese, such as having the right location, first impression, teaching method, and quality of materials. They did research and visiting schools before deciding to go with New Concept Mandarin. The couple studied for five hours a day, after six weeks after gaining enough knowledge of the vocabulary they lessen their study time to three hours and started walking around the city to talk with locals in supermarkets and newsstands.
Mark found pronunciation difficult since he find it difficult to recognize tones and Bernadette found sentence structures hard since they were the complete opposite of the English language. Still they were glad that their teachers were very patient, they help the couple by correcting them and making cards with big characters written on it to help they couple memorize the words which they found very effective.