After the first online class

I just finished the first online class tonight. The students are an American couple, my old friends. They are active in helping Chinese students and visiting scholars, so they know some Chinese more or less. As I predicted, they learnt very fast in basic greetings (你好/你们好/您好), and the beginning of initials and finials (b, p; a, o), but have difficulty in tones, like most Americans (or like most people whose native languages don’t have tones).

Online class is a bit different from face-to-face class, not only because it mainly depends on the quality of video chating, but also because many interesting games cannot be played through online talking. Thus, I prefer useing QQ instead Skype for my online classes. Although online class has so many restrictions, it saves the time and money of traffic, and can be done remotely (we are 13 time zones apart).

Thank you, my friends. Thank you for learning Chinese with me.

我今晚刚上完第一节在线课。学生是一对美国夫妇,我们是老朋友了。他们平时积极帮助中国留学生和访问学生,所以多少懂一点汉语。正如我所预料的,他们在学习基本问候(你好/你们好/您好)以及最前面几个声母韵母(b、p;a、o)时接受得很快,但是学习声调很困难。这是美国人(或者说母语没有声调的学习者)的通病。

在线课程和面对面课程略不同,这不仅仅是因为课程质量在很大程度上依赖于视频通话质量,也因为很多有趣的游戏无法在线玩。因此,比起Skype,我更喜欢用QQ上在线课程。虽然在线课程有这么多限制,但是它可以节省花在交通上的时间和金钱,而且还可以远程教学(我和他们相差13小时呢)。

谢谢你们,我的朋友们,谢谢你们跟我学汉语。

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