Gurulu that helps make Chinese learning less difficult
Listen to interview with host Eric Dye & guest Dan Lubrich discuss the following:
- Why would learning Mandarin Chinese be beneficial to those in the business world?
- How does Gurulu differ from similar language programs? What makes Gurulu the ‘go-to’ for learning Mandarin?
- In your opinion, why is Mandarin Chinese so hard to learn?
- How would a company best utilize Gurulu to insure that they get optimum results out of their employees?
- What are some tips or techniques you used when you yourself were learning Mandarin Chinese?
Gurulu adds unstructured language practice to adaptive vocabulary training. In unstructured practice, students are exposed to the language via short lessons on a whole variety of modern topics, without being required to always understand everything in detail. The goal is to use the vocabulary in context. Data suggest that compared to a vocabulary only approach, language practice accelerates learning by around 35 percent.
Daniel Lubrich is a graduate from Imperial College, London, and holds a PhD in Biophysics from Oxford University. Daniel speaks fluent German and English and some Russian. After continuing his research in molecular computing in Singapore, he became interested in the Chinese language and started learning it. This proved to be much more difficult than with other languages and so he got involved in starting Gurulu, using his programming skills to build language learning algorithms to make learning Chinese much easier for himself and others. Today Dan is CTO, part of the HSK Preparation team, and also acts as Managing Director.
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