New Chinese language teaching method uses Latin spelling

Updated 2017-03-18 09:01:06

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.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58March 18 2018 02:29:06

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16March 18 2018 02:29:06

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18March 18 2018 02:29:06

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords