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By Zhang Xiaomin/ China Daily

An educational institution in Dalian in Northeast China’s Liaoning province, has begun teaching foreigners the Chinese language using the letters of the Roman alphabet.

“By adopting the spelling and pronunciation of the alphabet that the westerners are familiar with, we help overseas students learn Chinese much faster than traditional methods,” said Bi Zhen, innovator and patent owner of the method named “Learning Chinese Quickly”.

Starting with listening and speaking, the method puts the emphasis on meaning and grammar simultaneously.

Unlike pinyin - a system developed in the 1950s using Latin letters to make the language more accessible - the spelling used in this method attempts to more closely match the western pronunciation of letters.

The method also uses computers to assist the teaching and learning.

“Practice with overseas students, businessmen, tourists, and even the sight-impaired have proven the convenience and accuracy of using computers to assist with writing,” Liu Zhigong, president of Huali (Dalian) Educational Consulting, said.

After about 100 hours offline study, students of Chinese starting from zero can gain the ability for self-study and even be able to read classic works, Liu said.

Liu’s team is developing a mobile phone app based on the same method.

"With that app, a foreigner can learn Chinese more conveniently,” he said.

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Post time 2017-3-18 15:29:54 |Display all floors
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Post time 2017-3-18 17:15:56 |Display all floors
"starting with speaking and listening"...... this is the proven way forward in the teaching of any language. Later, making references to the origins of a language can help with spelling and grammar. This has been made clear so many times to the education ministry of China, yet they seem reluctant to create necessary changes to the structure of the Gaokao and the teaching methods used. Any moves to change the system creates panic in parents whose attitudes to what is best for their children can be outdated and incorrect.
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Post time 2017-3-18 20:34:54 |Display all floors
This approach claims it is matching foreigners pronunciation with Latin letters ore closelz... I beg to ask: in what way is the Hanyu Pinyin method less efficient than this method_ And which "foreigners" were the creators thinking of? The pronunciation of Roman letters varies enormously from language to language.  

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BlondeAmber Post time: 2017-3-18 15:29
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Post time 2017-3-19 00:56:44 |Display all floors
TedM Post time: 2017-3-18 17:15
"starting with speaking and listening"...... this is the proven way forward in the teaching of any l ...

All one has to do is to look how children learn to speak. They do not learn to write until later in school.
To learn a language well is first to listen [babies do this], then imitate the sounds they hear, which eventually leads to a spoken word.

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Post time 2017-3-19 00:59:04 |Display all floors
I disagree with this way, although I do not know it; it seems a bit awkward. Children learn a language by imitating the sounds/words they hear. Pinyin is plenty good for later years and studies.

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