Hi Guys, I have been in country for around 4 months and have been having twice-weekly 1 to 1 chinese classes with a tutor.
Whilst I am making some progress, learning a lot of new vocab and grammar, I do not feel as though my day to day conversational skill is improving as fast as I would like it to. The main reason for this is that I have only minimal contact with the outside world and don’t get any opportunity to learn how to converse in a ‘real world’ setting.
The 1 on 1 lessons are good in that a) I get to pick a teacher I can work with, b) I get 100% of the teacher’s attention during lessons, c) we go at my pace and don’t need to worry about anybody else. However, the main drawback is that I have no other classmates to learn and struggle with.
I have been weighing up a couple of options:
- Continue with 1 to 1 classes and supplement this with some Language Exchange - anybody have any advice on LE? It looks like there is a lot of demand for it, but is it real and does it work?
- Jump into a full time course (Shida etc), but this is a different type of commitment and I would like to hear some first-hand experiences of what people think about these courses before jumping in.
- Any other groups of foreigners out there who meet regularly to help each other learn Mandarin?
Appreciate any advice or comments people may have