Everyone has a tip for learning Chinese in China and ours is flashcards.
While everyone learns a new language differently, we know that the use of flashcards have been a rewarding way for students to learn Mandarin in China.
At Keats School, we use flashcards in our classes. Our teachers use the latest and professional teaching methods created and tested by the Keats team. We have seen unprecedented results when using our flashcards during one-on-one classes.
One of the most important reasons we use flashcards at Keats School is because it allows for repetition.
Since flashcards are loose papers, you can add them into piles based on whether you need to study them again or in more depth. This confidence-based repetition is proven to be one of the best ways to improve memory performance.
Study a flashcard over and over, and then study the next one. When you go back to the first card, chances are you will remember what the card says.
This continues from our first reason we use flashcards for students who learn Chinese in China.
Active recall is the principle of efficient learning. To learn better, you need to actively stimulate memory during the learning process. By repeating flashcards, a switch goes off in your brain, telling you to focus and pay attention to what’s on the flashcard.
This allows you to remember the flashcard and actively use what’s on the flashcard in real life.
This means, when you look at the front of a flashcard with the Mandarin character on it, you’re engaging active recall to figure out what the character is. But simply reading a textbook, you won’t be engaging in the active recall. Therefore it’s easier to forget.
Studies have shown that active recall creates strong neuron connections for memory.
Like we mentioned, everyone learns differently. With flashcards, we’re able to tailor the card to the best way you learn.
Adding images to our cards can make them a lot more memorable, allowing people to remember the word associated with the image.
A study called The Picture Superiority Effect shows that people remember imagery better than they remember words.
But don’t skip the wording altogether. Our brains are interesting because the mixture of pictures and words works better than just words or just pictures.
While you learn Mandarin in China, flashcards will be used in our Keats classroom. We also encourage all students to create their own flashcards for studying outside of classroom hours.
This will improve your Mandarin language skills even more, and you can study with other students too.
When we use flashcards at Keats to study Chinese in China students, we know that using our voices helps with language learning.
By using flashcards with someone else in the room (teacher and student or student and student), you’re using another way to learn Chinese; verbally.
When we have a student speak the answer on the card, the memory is getting engaged again while also working on pronunciation. A win-win!
We’ve seen such great success with our teaching methods at Keats. Our students believe that their success in learning the language has to do with Keats teaching.
If you’re interested in applying to Keats and experiencing learning Mandarin through flashcards and other teaching techniques, apply online. If you have any questions, contact us today.
We use a lot of games to learn grammar and new words. We have really good teachers, really patient. She helps us a lot. Our class is really nice and we have people from all over the world, different countries. We often discuss topics in Chinese in our class. I live in the dorm of Keats. It is very convenient. I don’t have to spend time traveling. You can just focus on learning Chinese.
I really enjoy this place because we have private Mandarin lessons. I took the 6-hour program, 4 hours in the morning, 2 in the afternoon. Even though it is quite a lot, the teaching is complimentary. This is very helpful because I could review what I did before and learn new things. My 2 teachers are fantastic. We live in the school, so it is convenient. It is interesting to me to meet people from all over the world.
I have to say it’s tons of fun. I have been here for 2 weeks. Not knowing what it was gonna be like, I was more than surprised at how great it is. The teachers are great, they are understanding. They do a Chinese language program that suits just you. The location is perfect for learning Chinese in China.
The best part of the school is the patience the instructors had and the time to focus on the fundamentals like pronunciation. I think it is very easy to skip over those and go to vocabulary. But by learning the pronunciation, I feel like it helped me gain a better understanding of the language.
I think Kunming is a great city, the weather is really good. I really like Keats school and found it is very organized. The teachers here are very good. They have a coffee shop and new classrooms, a new lounge area here now, so you can chill out with your friends and practice your spoken Chinese with natives. If you’re considering coming to Keats to study, I would really recommend it. It’s the best place to learn Mandarin and I think it will be a great experience for you.
The visa application was really straightforward, because Keats School helps us a lot with that. Keats has a big emphasis on conversational practice, so we learn a lot of vocabulary and daily life plans which is very convenient for us to go around town and speak with Chinese people which is the whole point of learning Chinese in China.
My name is Sarah Fish. I am 81. I knew very little Chinese when I arrived. How was I going to survive 2 weeks of intensive Chinese course? I have to laugh when I think of that now. What a positive experience this has been! I really wish we could be here a little longer. The teachers are extremely encouraging, evaluating first how much someone knows, and then starting from there.
I’ve been at Keats school and Kunming now for one month doing the one-on-one Chinese lessons with two different teachers. I really enjoy it. Both of my teachers are very friendly and patient. They really helped me to improve my Chinese, both of my reading and speaking. I really enjoy studying Chinese in Kunming as well. This city is really beautiful and the weather is nice, the air is clean. It’s one of the best cities in China to study Chinese.