LEGOO is my effort of the past 15 years! As a teenager in middle school, I had no interest in languages. I even failed CHINESE in my University Entry Examination. As I grew older, I began to teach friend’s kids occasionally in Mandarin inMalaysiawhen I studied here. I discovered many smart boys had the same trait as me: no interest in Language. I began to look the answer for us both: WHY DO WE ALL NOT LIKE LANGUAGES? I had a great grandfather YIU HONG, who was a famous Chinese writer and Chief Editor for his publishing company, which almost monopolizedMalaysia’s textbook markets until it closed in 1998 and so I had plenty of resources available. Teaching is also a process of leaning, especially for me.
I studied Chinese again whilst studying English in addition to way it was taught. An answer was found: WE DON’T LIKE LANGUAGE BECAUSE THERE IS NO CHALLENGE LIKE MATHS OR OTHER SUBJECTS, IT IS BORING! I CAN READ, TALK, WRITE, WHY ASK ME TO MEMORIZE SO MANY DETAILS AND COMPLICATED THING!
I found CRAMMING is the traditional Chinese way to study. There is a saying: “GO TO READ THE BOOK HUNDRED TIMES, THE MEANING WILL JUMP OUT BY ITSELF” (书读百遍，其意自现！）. It may have been true in the ancient times without internet, games etc. However, this saying does not apply to modern times and the children of today, especially for children whose mother tongue is English. The traditional way also forgets to show the students the big picture- the BEAUTY of language, and the power of language for quickly gaining information in other areas. LEGOO mandarin has changed this and made it our priority to not only show the big picture, but to focus on the details in a way that is interesting to learn.
I found teaching foreign students Chinese as a second language CHALLENGING and FUN. There is no alphabet in Chinese. Helping foreign students to memorize the square-shaped Chinese Characters is a daunting job! However, we have invented many methods such as games to challenge our students to make magic happen! FUN, CHALLENGING, and SYSTEMATIC ways of teaching is the most enjoyable way of learning and what made me stick to teaching and turn it into a business venture.
I found it is hard to find a good teacher to teach foreigners, especially beginners. Speaking Chinese doesn’t necessarily mean you can teach Chinese. You can teach Chinese to native Chinese students, but you may not be able to teach foreigners. Through careful screening followed by strict training and a strong support system, we have a batch of teachers with good English or another foreign language background. We ensure you that we aim to deliver the best quality of stable and standardized teaching for you.