No matter what anyone else may tell you, learning Mandarin Chinese in a classroom in your home country is very hard. The words sound totally different. The way Chinese characters look on the page is totally different. Few people outside of the classroom in my hometown speak Chinese, so I had no way to practice my skills. I knew I needed to learn the language, but I just wasn't getting it. I am so thankful that I found Gi2C (Getin2China), because I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have learned Chinese any other way.
I took some time away from school and I went to China with Gi2C. I enrolled in a small class full of other students who also didn't speak Mandarin Chinese very well. We had an amazing teacher, and she spent a lot of time just coaching us and talking to us about the lessons. Things really started to click when we went on group outings. Ordering food, buying tickets, asking for directions and just talking to other people forced me to actually practice my Chinese. My Getin2China teacher was there to help, of course, but I did a lot of the speaking myself and things just started to fall together. I could actually talk to people! And they understood me!
When I wasn't in class, I was doing an internship. I won't brag about the company I worked for, but let's just say that it’s a widely known company with a great reputation. There's no way I could have landed that China internship without the help of Gi2C. As I worked, I also had to use my Chinese and my skills just grew and grew.
I'm back at school now, and I'm doing really well in my Chinese classes. My teachers just can't believe how much I learned in such a short period of time, and I've been able to test out of several classes. I still practice my Chinese, too, as I keep in touch with my host family in China and the friends I made during my internship. I can't wait to go back and visit them. I may even move to China somewhere down the line.
Getin2China provides amazing help at a reasonable price. I keep telling my classmates to check out the website at www.Gi2C.org and sign up. It's the best investment I ever made and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.