Monday, June 10, 2019

CANTONESE CLASS SUMMARY Monday, June 3, 2019 -- sorry for delay!


Briefly, last week we went over the vocabulary and dialogue from Lesson 7. We repeated the dialogue a bunch of times and then you all broke into small groups, I believe, to run the dialogue with your partners. I do not recall that we started the pronunciation and grammar review sections, so we will quickly repeat the vocab and dialogue again tonight and then speed through some grammar. 

Instead of doing the lesson exercises for chapter 7, we will spend most of class tonight reviewing the general scope of what we covered this year and discussing what might be next for each of you in your personal journeys to learn to speak and possibly even read Cantonese. I am happy to recommend appropriate "next steps" for each of you, both within our ALESN program continuing next fall as well as via self-studies and possibly even short-term immersion vacation trips to Hong Kong -- something I have done for myself three times for one month each time. I will share some brief stories of my trips to Hong Kong and of the ways that I practiced my ALESN-gained language knowledge while there in 2013, 2014, and 2017. 

I am also happy to share the names of all of my personal favorite Chinese language learning resources with the class and to tell you all what has inspired me most to learn and to improve my Chinese since I started studying with Tony Parisi at ALESN 10 years ago.  

Many thanks to everyone who attended any of my Cantonese classes this past academic year. I will be taking a break from teaching for ALESN next fall in order to devote all of my time and energy outside of work to singing, performing, and recording music. I will, however, continue to offer reasonably priced 1 hour and 2 hour weekly or one-off private tutoring sessions for anyone who has enjoyed my teaching style and philosophy -- which I think I made pretty clear over the course of this past year, losing many students in the process, ahem...

Big thanks to my more serious and dedicated students with a passion and drive to learn, who decided to stick it out with me until the end of this current academic year. I sincerely hope that I have helped you to grow your Cantonese knowledge and perhaps your confidence to attempt to speak with native speakers whom you do not already know...

Very best wishes to All!

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