6 thoughts on “I welcome your feedback

  1. Dear Harold,

    This is very inspiring. As one who is struggling with elementary Mandarin, I welcome the ideas you have developed and am eager to try them. This could help revolutionize the teaching of Mandarin in the U.S. at a time when many people are extremely interested in learning this language. I am highly educated in other ways, but I seriously need help with Mandarin. Thank you for your work and creative ideas. I can’t wait to try them out.

    Rebecca L. Oxford, Ph.D.

  2. Dear Rebecca,

    Thanks for your support.

    I have been so excited with the feedback I have been getting from our students. Truly, I, too, find it amazing. I know of no other method of teaching spoken Chinese that produces such immediate, long-lasting and satisfactory results.

    I am now working on improving the course as well as to create other courses using a similar teaching approach.

    Please keep in touch.


  3. I enjoy your Mandarin course, but I am having a problem understanding your explanation of the two-syllable meter rule.

    Can you point me to any reference online that explains it succinctly?

    Just as soon as I think I understand it, along comes another phrase or sentence that you give as an example that violates what I thought the "rule" was.

    Any help would be appreciated.


  4. I loved your introductory Chinese course and have ordered the rest from the local Library. I find that experiencing the method is extraordinary and deep, allowing one to integrate something fundamental within our language learning facility and to activate our intelligence consonant with our early native language, and other learning. While I wait for the rest of the course, I am building a little, using the basics I have learned to familiarise with pinyin writing and to apply the principles of listening, using the speech from other chinese courses I can access.

    Having seen, some years ago, a BBC documentary on Michel Thomas, in which he allowed some filming of his French classes with people who had 'failed' to learn both in language and other areas, I was inspired by him. What stuck me most about the film was the joy people experienced in their realisation that they were learning. Some had been through 'education' and never knowingly experienced this. I teach English, ESOL, and have always loved language, and am fortunate to have some facility in learning other tongues. The Thomas approach is clear and remarkable in many ways. It addresses and respects what people can and do do, despite themself and cuts out nearly everything else. It's loving in the most unsentimental and fundamental way.

    So, thank you for your course. I look forward to the rest. I read your first blog which chimed a lot with me, though I'm not Jewish. I note that our latest structural, economically rationlised reforms in this country, involve closing most public libraries. Amongst all the other things one can note, there's a huge irony in that, here in Oxford UK, where a great academic institution exists in an almost feudal context, with some of the country's worst secondary schools and cultural deprivation, current plans project ONE PUBLIC LIBRARY to remain in the Oxford area. Hey ho.

  5. Hi, Rita

    Thanks so much for taking a moment to write and share your thoughts.

    I love it when this happens!

    I have a graduate degree in Library Science ( University of Chicago, 1977) and worked for several years in research, public and academic libraries.

    I am a bibliophile and cannot live without books. My home is filled with books and I get great joy from reading them. For me, it is a very personal and enjoyable experience with the author. It can get very intimate, you know, when you are deeply involved with an author in this way.

    I,too, lament the decline of the printed book and the libraries and local and specialized bookshops with which I grew up.

    There used to be so many wonderful, little bookstores in NYC, where I would hang out and, as I could afford them, acquire books. Every time I went into the city I would visit them.

    All of them are now gone.

    When I look at the books in my library I recall the stories behind them; where and when they became part of my life.

    My books are my friends and I cherish them.

    In the Jewish tradition books are considered holy.

    There are even cemeteries where books are buried when they no longer are readable. These are called sheymos ( shemot) which means names. This refers to the Name of God which may be printed in them and is not allowed to be destroyed. These cemeteries are for religious books, largely.

    May the coming year bring all of us joy, health, peace and continued learning and discoveries.

    Much love.

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