Why is Mandarin so difficult to learn?
- Because it’s not phonetically-based. Imagine learning a language that consists of 100% sight-words.
- Because it’s memory intensive. Fortunately, children (unlike adults) do not notice the pain of memorization as their brains simply “pick up” the pictures and sounds they frequently encounter.
- Because traditional teaching methods aren’t “leveled.” The “leveled” learning and reading approach is a relatively new development for learning Chinese. Pioneered by elite universities in Hong Kong, where people have long been bilingual in English and Mandarin, the leveled methodology has been proven to be the most effective way for multilingual learners.