Fluenz Mandarin 1+2 was designed by a small team with a clear mission: create a language program that would get people speaking relevant Chinese faster.
Having tried other software programs and studied Mandarin in China, we designed and built the software we would have loved to have when we started learning.
At the center of Fluenz Mandarin is a real life instructor, Sonia Gil, who went to China to learn Mandarin herself and whose more than 150 video clips are embedded throughout the program. What we learned is that replicating the experience of one-on-one coaching in English, every step of the way can make all the difference when you try to learn a language. As with anything, knowing what's going on and where you're going helps you follow any programOur system follows three core principles:
Unlike most digital learning of any kind, we put a lot of effort into making Fluenz as immersive and well designed as possible. Borrowing from the best multi-media designs, Fluenz aims to blend images, music, video, and Flash animation to motivate you as you learn. Thirteen different kinds of workouts add variety to your practice while dynamic Flash conversations place Mandarin in realistic, useful settings.
Sonia Gil, the Cornell graduate who went to China to learn the language and led the development team, guides you every step of the way in English--thanks to our next generation software combining full motion video in an interactive platform.
Instead of complicated grammar, or the life consuming task of learning characters, Fluenz focuses on accelarating your communication skills in real-life situations.