Why This Works So Well
How did you teach your children their first language when they were babies? With long grammar lessons? No way! You just talked as life happened. It's the easiest, most natural way to learn a language. Plus, the family is the perfect place to learn a language because we have to talk to each other all the time, and it's a safe place to try new things. We lean to our strengths as natural language teachers and learners to help families talk in Mandarin Chinese all day long.
Whose Mandarin Chinese?
The Mandarin Chinese in these TalkBoxes leans towards the Mandarin Chinese spoken in mainland China.
All of our translations are done by native speakers. Their goal is that if you talked in front of their friends, their friends would think you are from China. You won't sound like you learned Mandarin Chinese from a textbook.
Native Speaker Audio
You're able to listen to the native speaker audio as many times as you would like while being able to repeat after the speaker. All of the audio is recorded by native speakers, and it's lovely.
All of your language guides, illustration charts, label cards, and monthly trackers come laminated for rough use. We made these for families, remember? ;)
When you finish your three challenges in your box and mark them as complete on our membership site before your next box ships, you receive a prize in your next box! We want you to succeed and surprises are awesome!
There are a total of 18 boxes. You can do the program monthly or bi-monthly. You can put your boxes on hold during the summer (or whenever) or switch them to monthly to speed up for a couple months. Whatever works better for your family. The idea is to keep using what you are learning and growing consistently. You can always speed up, slow down, take a month off, or cancel. We want you to absolutely love your time with us!
By the end of confidently finishing our program, you will be talking in Mandarin Chinese while your family eats snacks, uses things in the kitchen, cooks, grocery shops, puts food away, passes food around the table, drinks (the juice box kind), play games, like hide and go seek, yells to each other from other rooms in the house, washes their hands, brushes their teeth, uses the toilet, cares for their hygiene, uses common items in the bathroom, plays at the park, engages in small talk with strangers and later much longer talk, gets dressed... while paying attention to the weather, goes out the door, cleans up and does chores, uses common items in the bedroom, does arts and crafts, takes care of first aid, gets disciplined, uses common items in the family room, watches TV, plays video games, tries to find things around the house, goes on walks, explores nature in great detail, plays with toys, plays make believe, schedules their week, runs errands, tells the time, plays sports, goes to bed, reads together, discusses stories, and travels to, hopefully, a Mandarin Chinese speaking country at the end! (and so much more!)
Our goal is by the end, you are already listening to music in Mandarin Chinese, watching videos in Mandarin Chinese, and moving even further without us because Mandarin Chinese is now part of your life. Our successful families become conversational during our program and end up very far down the path towards fluency.
This is great for families with kids that are non-readers to high school seniors and those kids that just won't leave your home. ;) Grandparents love to do this with grandkids too. The idea is that the family is talking together. So if you are a family and need to communicate, you can start replacing what you normally say in Mandarin Chinese.
Questions & Feedback
During the course, you are able to make requests for phrases that our native speakers can translate for our members. If you're confused about something, let us know. If you need something, let us know. We got you.
Subscriptions Made for Families
Before your next billing date: You automatically receive an email reminder. You can downgrade your membership to every other month. You can move your subscription back one month when you go on vacation. You can cancel your subscription. This all takes place in your account, which you set up at checkout. We want this membership to work for you and your family, so please contact us if you need anything.