eChineseLearning Review for Chinese Language Learners

eChineseLearning Review for Chinese Language Learners

eChineseLearning (ECL) is one of the world’s largest and most renowned Chinese language online teaching companies. Established in 2006, eChiniseLearning has a long and rich history of teaching Chinese language online to learners from all over the globe. It has accumulated vast Chinese language teaching experience in the process, and has a team of hundreds of highly trained professional instructors who teach Chinese as a foreign language.

 

Professional Teachers at eChiniseLearning Review

 

The teachers at eChiniseLearning are graduates of some of the most prominent universities in the world, such as Stanford University, Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Beijing Language and Culture University. Every single instructor at eChiniseLearning has a solid teaching experience and a unique perception of the Chinese and Western culture. With a history that spans over a period of more than 14 years, the teachers have been offering individually tailored Chinese courses for kids, teens and adults of all ages. While most of the instructors reside in China, some of the teaching professionals come from the United Kingdom and the United States.

 

Students at eChiniseLearning Review

 

More than a quarter of a million students (256,000) studied Chinese language at eChiniseLearning. While most of the learners come from the United States, many are from Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and other parts of the globe. The students are divided into three distinct age groups:kids, teens and adults.

 

The reasons to study Chinese vary widely across the students. Some of the students at eChiniseLearning are trying to meet the needs of daily communication with Chinese people. Other students at eChiniseLearning are genuinely fascinated with China and its culture and are on the quest to learn more about it. There also are learners who are studying Chinese in order to pass an HSK test. And finally, there is yet another group of students who hope to do business in China and absolutely need to be able to communicate with the local businessmen.

 

Proprietary Teaching Methodology at eChiniseLearning Review

 

eChiniseLearning follows a proprietary one-on-one teaching model, that is tailored to the unique needs of individual learners and takes into an account their personal availability and aptitude. eChiniseLearning’s unique “private customized courses” can be adjusted according to students’ level and learning objectives, including class meeting times, teaching materials, schedule, instructors, and so forth. The courses use the situational teaching method, which emphasizes the knowledge of grammar and focuses on practical activities such as listening, speaking, reading and writing. The teachers use both blackboard and whiteboard in the process. They write down the Chinese characters and pinyin on a blackboard or a whiteboard to facilitate the learning experience. At the end of each class, the learners can opt to receive an audio recording of the class or they can choose to record the video of the class themselves using an application. In addition, the feedback system plays a paramount role in the teaching process. After each class, students grade the instructor and leave their comments. The teachers use the student feedback to improve further upon their classes.

 

The ECL Teaching Methodology Review

 

I have been interested in learning Chinese for quite a long time, but I always thought it would be rather difficult and time consuming. I had a trial lesson at eChiniseLearning Review with a native Chinese teacher Dora, and I am very impressed with the vast amount of information I received in a short amount of time.

 

 

The online teaching model at eChiniseLearning Review is outstanding and it allows anyone to learn the Chinese language and culture anywhere around the globe. The company provides an array of courses for learners of all ages, language skill levels and personal learning goals. At the beginning of each class, the instructor reviews what was learned before and then starts the new class. The instructors focus not only on learning new vocabulary, sentence structures and grammar, but also on employing it in a conversation. Before the end of each class, the teacher will demonstrate how to use the newly acquired knowledge in a practical situation.

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eChineseLearning has proved beyond a doubt that their proprietary teaching model is top notch, and that their team is very lovely and creative. I believe that eChiniseLearning not only helps learners to form robust learning habits and broaden their cultural horizons, but also opens up a door into a dazzling world of Chinese culture and language.

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Chinese Lantern Festival Around the Globe

Chinese Lantern Festival in a Nutshell

China is among the top of the countries popular for their traditions, customs and rituals. It has made a
name for itself for being one of the most cultural countries to ever exist, because of its ancient history
and grandiose lands with colorful hills and valleys.

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Celia Wang teaches Chinese to foreign students of all ages online via Skype and in person in Shanghai.

Celia has a rich experience in teaching Chinese to foreigners, with   strong communication skills and the ability to conduct classroom teaching and performance of power, character, cheerful, with different levels of Chinese language students. Can also deliver quality HSK counseling, business Chinese, Chinese language of daily life, and so forth.

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The Time to Celebrate

Chinese nation celebrates festivals with lot of zeal and fervor; hence their festivals are site to behold.
Festivals which depict China’s vibrant color are celebrated based on the lunar calendar. Many festivals are
ready to take off from the beginning of the New Year.

Amongst the hue of festivals celebrated by the Chinese nation throughout the year, Chinese Lantern
Festival has its own distinguishing place and cultural significance in the history of China. The Lantern
Festival or the Spring Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first
month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year
celebrations.

Lantern Festival – The BeginningMost of festivals are old and some of the Chinese festivals are as old as centuries, especially those
Chinese festivals that mark century’s old traditions that are deeply rooted inside of community and
represent a colorful yet symbolic meaning. The Lanterns Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals
around the world, where lanterns are lighted and blown away in the sky in thousands of numbers.

The history of lantern festival goes back 2000 years at the time of Dynasty of Han, in which Buddhism
was actively promoted by the then Empror Hanmingdi. In those days, on every fifteenth day of the first
month in lunar calendar, monks used to light lanterns, that day represented the full moon. After hearing
about this, the emperor, in order to pay tribute to the Buddha, decided to announce that all families,
royal sects and temples will light lanterns in the evening of that day.

There is one legend that states that it was a time to worship Taiyi, the God of Heaven in ancient times.
The belief was that the God of Heaven controlled the destiny of the human world. He had
sixteen dragons at his beck and call and he decided when to inflict drought, storms, famine or pestilence
upon human beings. Beginning with Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, who named China, all the
emperors ordered splendid ceremonies each year. The emperor would ask Taiyi to bring favorable
weather and good health to him and his people.

Wudi of the Han Dynasty directed special attention to this event. In 104 BCE, he proclaimed it to be one
of the most important celebrations and the ceremony would last throughout the night.
This tradition has continued up till now and a huge number of people are seen joining Chinese societies
around the world to celebrate this festival.

Three Types of LanternsLanterns having the public eye on the day of lantern festival can be found in three different varieties.
Decorations at homes and public places are done with hanging lanterns. Each and every space of the
streets is covered with these lanterns and it is believed that it draws protection to the people.
A ritual for the festival is to release lanterns in the night sky, for this purpose flying lanterns are used,
which are normally filled with hot air (same as hot air balloon).
Another type of lanterns seen on the festival is the floating lanterns, which are normally used in Dragon
Boat Festival but they can also be seen hither and thither in the lakes or ponds as well.
The merriments of the lantern festival are incomplete without them.

Symbolism of Lantern DesignLanterns are usually red, and in china, each color is a symbol towards some earthly quality. Colors like
red, orange, pink, white are mostly used but if it’s a flying lantern you will see masses of white-colored
lanterns flying as high as possible in the air.
The shape also holds integral meaning, such as the round shape represents the wholeness and
togetherness in China, which is an unbreakable bond. Besides, the engravings hold significance as a
traditional way of wishing the greetings or some popular phrases that chase the evil away.
It’s rather enthralling to see the pictures of dragons drawn alongside. Mostly the zodiac animal of the
year is drawn to symbolize its importance in the Chinese culture.

Significance of LanternStarted as an honor or a tribute to Buddha, beforehand they were used mainly to provide light while
worshipping or for decorations. If you travel to Forbidden City or Pingyao’s Ancient City, don’t be
surprised if you see the lanterns hanging all year round. Thanks to Emperor Hanmingdi, it became a
proper festival. Now lanterns have taken a U-turn for good and represent spiritual superstition as well,
said to belief channeling Buddhist deities. With time the meaning and symbolism of lanterns have
evolved just like the Chinese language.

Traditional Food on Lantern Festival

Every festival consists of something special to taste, and how can the lantern festival be without any?
Yuanxiao, a dumpling made from sticky rice flour is stuffed with various fillings and symbolizes the
festivities.
Similar to other food items put on the table, this dumpling is popular for its shape and various fillings
each with a unique taste. An array of similar recipes are put on the table and an auspicious meal is
enjoyed under the full moon with friends and family.

Final ThoughtsChinese Lantern Festival celebrates reunion of families and societies. It portrays ancient spiritual
traditions. Some also call this the “true” Chinese Valentine’s Day. The next Lantern Festival will be
celebrated on February 26, 2021.

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