FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. What is your teaching method?
  2. What kinds of Chinese characters do you teach? Traditional or simplified?
  3. Do you teach Han Yu Pin Yin?
  4. What is the difference between Fukien and Mandarin? Do you teach Fukien?
  5. Can your teachers speak English, Filipino, or Fukien? If not, how will they teach someone with no background in Mandarin?
  6. How long will it take for me to speak and read Chinese?
  7. Can I learn Chinese at your school if I am neither a Chinese nor a Filipino?
  8. Can my four-year-old child take the CCC program?
  9. I am 50. Can I still learn Mandarin?
  10. When can my child start learning Chinese?
  11. Can my child and I attend the same class?
  12. Will using different languages confuse or frustrate my child?
  13. I know how to speak fundamental Mandarin and can recognize a few hundred words. Do you have advanced courses for someone like me?
  14. Do I need attend my classes every day?
  15. What are the advantages of being a bilingual?
  16. How big are your classes?
  17. What is the student-to-teacher ratio?
  18. Do you have reference books? Do I need to buy them?
  19. What are your hours?
  20. What are the available payment methods?

 

  1. What is your teaching method?

    We don’t use the translation method; we teach the student Mandarin as a mother tongue.

  2. What kinds of Chinese characters do you teach? Traditional or simplified?

    We have taught over 500 students. Among these, only two studied traditional Chinese. So, unless the student makes a specific request to learn traditional Chinese characters, we teach simplified Chinese characters because these reflect the current development trend.

  3. Do you teach Han Yu Pin Yin?

    We include Han Yu Pin Yin lessons in the CCC, but for children, we focus on having them recognize the Chinese characters themselves without reading Pin Yin or Guo Yin. However, we do offer Pin Yin classes through the summer program to help students in their classes at school.

  4. What is the difference between Fukien and Mandarin? Do you teach Fukien?

    Fukien is a local dialect from the southern region of China’s Fu Jian Province. Although Chinese-Filipinos tend to speak Fukien, Mandarin is China’s official language. Even Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore recognize Mandarin as the official language. We do not offer Fukien classes at this moment.

  5. Can your teachers speak English, Filipino, or Fukien? If not, how will they teach someone with no background in Mandarin?

    All our teachers come from Han Dan City, China, a city next to Beijing, so they all speak very accurate Mandarin but cannot speak English very well. In addition, they do not know Filipino and Fukien. However, our proprietary teaching method allows us to teach our students without having to resort to English, Filipino, or Fukien. In fact, this very method allows us to be successful in producing fluent speakers of Mandarin and sets us far apart from all other Chinese-language institutions in the Philippines. Some of our students continued their studies in China, two of them receiving the highest honor from Qing Hua University, Beijing. Some work at large global firms both here in the Philippines and abroad, where their knowledge of Mandarin plays a crucial role in their career success.

  6. How long will it take for me to speak and read Chinese?

    Adult students with no background in Chinese can engage in basic conversations and read simple stories within six months if they attend classes five times a week. Graduates of a local Chinese school or those students with some background in Chinese can achieve the same in two to three months. For young children, the amount of time will vary according to the student’s ability.

  7. Can I learn Chinese at your school if I am neither a Chinese nor a Filipino?

    Yes. We can teach everyone.   This is embedded in our vision: All graduates of Dash Cultural and Educational Institute, regardless of race and age, are able to communicate their ideas fluently in Chinese.

  8. Can my four-year-old child take the CCC program?

    We do not recommend the CCC program for four-year-old children. If a child’s mother tongue is not Chinese, it is difficult for the child to learn Chinese through the CCC because children under five tend to remember better through spatial activities, not through straightforward memorization. However, because combining memorization with spatial activities has been proven to be effective, we offer the Chinese Language Program, a preschool-like program consisting of two classes: the Chinese Language Class and the Chinese Life Skills Class. Unlike the CCC, which emphasizes only conversation and reading, the Chinese Language Program enables students to learn and memorize through direct activities.

  9. I am 50. Can I still learn Mandarin?

    Absolutely! We proudly taught a 72-year-old student. All of us here at DASH believe that we should live to enjoy learning.

  10. When can my child start learning Chinese?

    They can start as soon as they can speak. In other words, they can begin using more than one language at the same time if they are taught using appropriate methods.

  11. Can my child and I attend the same class?

    If you and your child are both adults, you can. Otherwise, you need to attend separate classes. However, you can attend different classes at the same time if appropriate slots are available.

  12. Will using different languages confuse or frustrate my child?

    The answer is no. Children can learn many languages at the same time. Children are limited by their learning environment, not their ability.

  13. I know how to speak fundamental Mandarin and can recognize a few hundred words. Do you have advanced courses for someone like me?

    Absolutely! Our CCC curriculum has four levels. After the first level, the student can hold everyday conversations and recognize approximately 1,500 Chinese characters. The subsequent levels focus on Chinese idioms, proverbs, two-part allegorical sayings, Chinese history, Chinese culture, the evolution of Chinese characters, old maxims, and precepts from ancient times, among many others.

  14. Do I need attend my classes every day?

    For children under five, the answer is “yes.” Scientific research suggests that children under five remember little and forget quickly; memorize without a clear purpose; use a rigid memorization method; and recall inaccurate details. Thus, they need to engage in a wide range of activities to repeat and communicate the same lessons. For children above five, they may attend classes three times a week, and for adults, we offer courses requiring their attendance once or twice a week. However, for the best results, students should attend classes five times a week.

  15. What are the advantages of being a bilingual?

    Based on scientific research, bilingual individuals are more likely to make use of their brain and thus more likely to show higher brain activity. There is a huge difference between monolingual and bilingual children in terms of the ways in which they process language. Bilingual children are more likely to have a cognitive system that allows for the ability to attend to more important pieces of information and ignore less important ones. If an individual can speak two languages and uses them regularly, every time the individual speaks, both languages pop up, and the executive control system sorts through everything and attends to the most relevant information. Therefore, bilingual children are more likely to make regular use of their executive control system, and it is this regular use that makes that system more efficient. However, both languages should be used all the time because there are no bilingual benefits from their occasional use.

  16. How big are your classes?

    For students below 2.5, the maximum number of students per class is 5. For the CLC and the CLSC (students between 2.5 and 6.5), the maximum number of students per class is 10. For the CCC, the maximum number is 8 for students below 10, and it is 10 for all other students.

  17. What is the student-to-teacher ratio?

    For young students, the ratio is 5:1.

  18. Do you have reference books? Do I need to buy them?

    The CLC and the CLSC do not require any books (we provide necessary handouts). The CCC requires some books, whose cost is not included in the tuition. However, we do not require students to purchase them.

  19. What are your hours?

    Our main branch (35 Dona Hemady Ave., New Manila, QC) is open Monday through Saturday (including holidays) from 8:00am to 7:00pm. Our other branches—the Pasig branch (upper ground floor, Fun Ranch Tiendasitas, Frontera Verda, Pasig City) and the Greenhills branch (284 M.A. Reyes St., Little Baguio, San Juan)—are open from 9 am to 6 pm.

  20. What are the available payment methods?

    You may pay on a monthly (4 weeks), quarterly (9 weeks), semester (18 weeks), or school year (36 weeks) basis. We also offer a 15-minute free trial.

 

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