My name is Serge,
I am 70 years old, I am of French nationality and live in the Grand Duchy of
studying traditional Chinese medicine in the 80's and I remember buying a set
of K7 audio “Let's talk Chinese” that I played and played again in the radio of
the car I used to drive. I was even become able to repeat a number of words
like a parrot! At the time, however, I neither had the time nor the money to
afford a "real course", the only availability being to spend several
evenings in a classroom.
Now, 2019, I am just retired, but still active, from my
traditional Chinese medicine products sales company.
A professional trip to China was planned for October 2019
and I thought it would be great to converse a few words with my Chinese
interlocutors (who only speak this language).
So I signed up for this online course at the beginning of
July 2019 and, after devouring the graciously offered, superb and very lively
videos, I started the HSK course in intensive format for 10 to 12 hours daily. So
at the end of September , I had completed HSK 1 and 2. At least I thought being
able to secure little conversation. Unfortunately, the growing social unrest in
Hong Kong October 2019 forced me to postpone my trip to the following spring,
which would be later canceled due to the covid pandemic.
So I continued to
progress, in slower motion this time, and completed HSK 3 in February 2020. I
have to say that from this level on that there is a lot more work and
memorization which need to be achieved. If the first 2 levels can be considered
simple and recreational, the 3rd and 4th, although being lively and attractive,
are another „kettle of fish“ and require a lot of more attention and
appreciate this course for the originality, the lively, progressive and playful
character given along, one can feel a presence behind each sentence pronounced
by the speakers, it is so "as in China" and, advantage of working
online, one does not mind having the phrases spoken over and over again until
they are fully understood, noticing that some words were far more resistant to
my memory than others.
off-putting, grammar and syntax are tackled here brilliantly, in a simple and
comprehensive way and immediately followed by exercises putting them into
practice, all of this is very well organized, well done guys.
Finally, I enjoy particularly
the HSK tests which "set the record straight" by clearly indicating
where the deficits are to be reviewed. So far I have done all of the
suggested tests as many times as necessary until no more mistakes, before
moving on to the next level or sequence.
Moreover, quite often I had practical questions which were
all answered almost immediately by our dear professor Tian Xiang, that would be
very much appreciated and I am very grateful therefore.
To make my life easier and easier to visualize the Chinese
words and characters, I created my own word database on Excell whch is always
on hand on my work screen. In this database, I progressively inserted the
Chinese characters and their Pinyin and French correspondance, organized by
level and sequence. I also added the graphic component (s) for each character
As in my company mostly uses traditional characters, I asked
Tian Xiang for advice, and he kindly provided me with the appropriate
I reached the middle of level 4.1 last May but would be
abruptly stopped in my progress due to the general pandemic situation and
other obligations that kept me extremely busy.
Since the beginning of December, I am back on track and currently reviewing the HSK 1, 2 and 3 in order to
resume the course and be able to carry the follow up in good conditions.
Many many thanks to you dear Tian Xiang and your
collaborators for this great job, your presence and your kind attention to our