Flexibility and Adaptability: Part II of Interview with Ali Thomas of NiHao Chinese

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Part II of Interview with Ali Thomas of NiHao Chinese. In this episode we talk about foreign language, scholarships and Chinese in particular. #podcastIn this episode we talk about foreign language, scholarships and Chinese in particular with Ali Thomas of NiHao Chinese.

Be sure and check out part 1 of this interview here if you missed it!

Colleges may no longer expect foreign language for admittance, but proficiency in a foreign language can equal scholarship money and international travel, including opportunities that may occur even after students are admitted and have begun college studies.

Asian languages

  • Underrepresented in the U.S. in language studies.
  • Mandarin is the fastest growing language study in the U.S.
  • Shows that students are not afraid of a challenge
  • Perfect for military, economics, politics, business.
  • A sweet spot right now for those looking for unique opportunities.

2/3 of the world speak Chinese, Spanish and English.

Mandarin has the most native speakers in the world.

What about Special Needs Student and Foreign Language learning?

Chinese is different because it is pictographic

Because Chinese is tonal, teachers use music and various modes

Utilizing live classes, small groups

Analogous Learning: Surprise benefit of learning a foreign language is learning the grammar of your own language

Romans 12:2 “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.”

 “You live a new life for every language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.” – Czech proverb

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  1. I”ve not thought of trying to learn Chinese… seems daunting to me.

  2. Our courses are taught by native Chinese speakers who have taught to English students for several years. They use a lot of music as well, as Chinese is a tonal language. Chinese will be one of the fastest growing foreign languages in the U.S. soon- it is also a Critical Language- a great way to garner college scholarship money! https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/?s=critical+languages+

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