I realised I haven’t updated this blog in a while. Just wanted to provide a short update on something I’m trying. Some of you may be aware that I’ve been learning Mandarin (Chinese). I’ve previously done 3 semesters at MEGA in the Sydney CBD. Typical lesson was 2 hours on a monday night after work, in a class with 3 – 5 people. I was learning Mandarin for Cantonese speakers.
I’m now learning online via video skype. My friend Anthony recommended echineselearning. It a website that hooks you up with teachers in China. I’ve got a teacher in Xi’an, China and the lessons are done via video chat. During the lesson, we’re both online and can see each other via our computer cameras. We also have a skype chat window open and write text to each other and my teacher writes to me in Pinyin / Chinese characters and occasionally English. I can save the transcript and she can also send me lessons beforehand via email.