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Most of us are used to an “encoding” approach to foreign languages and hope that if we learn to encode for long enough then we’ll eventually be able to navigate the world in that foreign language. A “de-coding” approach means starting with something from the world and enabling you to make sense of it yourself.


We are less concerned about learners’ ability to communicate, that is to relay what they already know; we are more concerned with giving them access to things that they do not already know and with their attitude towards people who think differently.

Can Chinese Be Made Easy?

When learning Chinese, the biggest barrier for students is not what they know or don’t know, but their attitude and feelings. This means that Chinese teachers should adopt the right methods to help students overcome their fear and enable them to feel positive about learning the language.

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