The 4 Core Language Principles ChinaSpeak works on

I’ve been thinking of making an entertaining video to explain why traditional chinese language classes are usually a big FAIL

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Yes, the video is made by another company who has quite a fair few marketing muscles and dollars to create this.

Much better than me as a talking head to convey essentially the same message.  I re-invested into resources to make even better Chinese course lessons to help you on your goal to start speaking faster and with more fun

oh and yes – that’s the 5th principle that ChinaSpeak works on – FUN!

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ChinaSpeak Approach: The Secret to Learning a Language in 10 Days

Dr. Pimsleur was a linguist, a professor, and researcher. What really fascinated Dr. Pimsleur was how quickly many children were able to pick up a second language. He just couldn’t understand why students were forced to memorize grammar rules, useless phrases, and endless lists of verbs. He defined four revolutionary principles that formed the backbone of his unique methodology.


Principle #1: Graduated interval recall. Dr. Pimsleur timed how long students remember new information, and at what intervals they need to be reminded of it. If reminded too soon or too late, students fail to retain the information.


Principle #2: Anticipation. Dr. Pimsleur discovered that repetition alone is not enough. You’re required to anticipate answers to questions, which forces you to actively think about words you’ve previously spoken without having the chance to stop and think.


Principle #3: Organic learning. Organic learning means natural learning. As kids, we learn to speak before we learn to write. Dr. Pimsleur’s research proves that we naturally assimilate language through hearing. This should be the foundational step in learning a language. Traditional schooling does the exact opposite.


Principle #4: Core vocabulary. We only need a limited number of words to effectively communicate in any language. The real trick is not how many words you know, but rather how well you use the words you do know. By only focusing on the core essentials, you can dramatically decrease the time it will take to learn your second language


Pimsleur principles I agree with and use in ChinaSpeak lessons. If you’re on the fence, give both a try and go with the one you feel most comfortable with.


If you have any questions at all, just drop me a line and I’ll get back right to you:



Do you agree with these four key language principles and how they can help you start learning to speak Chinese quickly?

What else do you think is important in your success of learning Mandarin Chinese?

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