For those who always meant to learn Chinese but never can quite find the time, TargetChinese may be the answer.
TargetChinese was created by New Oriental Education & Technology Group, the fast-growing provider of private educational services in China that is also listed on the NYSE.
Unlike New Oriental's traditional classroom-based teaching, TargetChinese is a free online service aimed at westerners who want to learn or improve their Chinese.
By integrating conventional teaching materials with free online resources, the company claims to have created a unique learning method that enables students to learn faster and more effectively.
Learning Chinese is not for the faint-hearted, as EngagingChina knows from personal experience. For that reason, TargetChinese argues learning the language is best done interactively in an environment where students can work together with other students as well as teachers.
The site seeks to create an online language learning community that allows learners to make friends with those who share similar interests, hobbies, or simply find people from their area.
In its last financial results, New Oriental reported a 31% increase in the number of students enrolled on its language training and test preparation courses in China to more than 350,000.
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