Hi readers, have you ever felt that you have memorized so many words but your Chinese does not seem to go anywhere? Or have you ever experienced that you have studied so much but still could not understand what native speakers are talking about or not able to answer their questions?
If your answers are yes, allow me to introduce a platform for you to find Chinese native speakers to practice your conversational Chinese. The platform that I recommend is italki.
Some Features that I Personally Love
- Q & A Board (Answers as shown above) – You can post questions about the language that you are learning on the board and people will give out their answers. Often, you will get two to five or even more answers. And you choose one as the best answer. This way, if other learners have the same questions, they can refer to this post and do not have to ask again.
- Language Exchange Partners – if you do not want to pay for a teacher, you can also try to reach out for native speakers who happen to be learning your mother tongue. In this way, you can teach your partner your mother tongue and your partner can teach you the language that you are learning.
- Professional Teachers V.S. Community Tutors on italki, you can find both professional teachers and community tutors. Professional teachers refer to those who have professional teaching credential certification documents, while community tutors are native speakers who would like to help language learners improve their language proficiency. In my opinion, professional teachers tend to have more teaching techniques, in other words more professional, while community tutors are more creative and relaxing.
- Notebook (Composition) – If you are practicing writing short passages, a diary or a composition in the language that you are learning, you can post them here and ask native speakers to correct them. It is a very great way to internalize the words, grammar and sentences structures that you have been learning. Highly recommended.
Some Positive Feedback from My Students
Most of the feedback I received from my students are fun, helpful, supportive and progressive.
Instead of learning from textbooks or in the classroom, there is another way of learning by talking to native speakers directly. This is the time that you really get the essence of languages – communication. Though there will be lots of mistakes, mumbling, mispronunciation or even having a hard time expressing yourself clearly, you are actually using that language to communicate with real people. This way, you will be growing along the way and the best of it is you are having fun.
A professional teacher or community tutor can quickly identify your blind spots, mistakes and provide you with suggestions to improve. This is real-time learning and is effective in your language learning journey.
Sometimes you are good enough. You are just not confidence enough. Once you feel more comfortable speaking in the language that you are learning with native speakers and become more fluent, you will be gaining more confidence when you are using that foreign language.
As time goes by, you can definitely see your progress along the way.
Talk To Me on Italki
If you have been reading my articles for a while and are interested in practicing your conversational Chinese with me, I am also offering lessons on italki. You can simply click here to book a trial lesson with me online (Search Ben). I am very looking forward to seeing you all online.
I also made a video about myself and posted it on YouTube.
Wish you all the best on your Chinese language and Chinese culture learning journey.