Mandarin lessons made easy with an app

  • TECH
  • Friday, 04 Mar 2016

Interactive lessons: (from left) Former child prodigy Gloson Teh and Speed Mandarin founder Grace Khoong believe that anyone will be able to learn the language with ease with the app.

Gloson Sdn Bhd have come up with a Speed Mandarin app that makes learning Mandarin fun and easy. .

Founded by former brain science researcher, Grace Khoong and her 18-year old son Gloson Teh, Speed Mandarin is designed to ease the learning of what many consider to be the hardest language to master.

The learning process includes fun videos, e-books and interactive quizzes unlike many conventional methods which involve memorising thousands of Chinese characters.

In the app, each stroke in a Chinese character is illustrated with easily recognisable objects and coupled with catchy songs, to help the person learn by association.

Interactive lessons: Speed Mandarin combines illustrations, fun videos, and quizzes to make learning the language easier for anyone.
Speed Mandarin combines illustrations, fun videos, and quizzes to make learning the language easier for anyone.

Khoong likens learning Mandarin grammar to the 10 basic numerals we learn. These numbers from one to 10 can easily be expanded into unlimited combinations.

She said that by learning the basic grammar, one can easily expand their vocabulary in a manner similar to how numerals are multiplied.

“Learning grammar is an important start (in Mandarin) and by mastering grammar, users will then be able to learn more characters by using intuition,” said Khoong.

Khoong, who runs a “brain training centre” believes that the system she designed will make mastering the basics in the shortest time possible for anyone from all walks of life regardless of age.

The app is downloadable from Google Play and the App Store.

“With the Speed Mandarin app, users can easily access the content anytime, anywhere on their smartphone without having to attend tuition,” said Khoong.

According to Khoong, Speed Mandarin was made possible with the Creative Industry Development Fund from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

The first three units (syllabus) which cover the basics of the language are available for free while additional contents come in three different subscription plans.

For more information, visit Speed Mandarin.

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