This school year might be a bit different than usual, and that means we’ll have to take a new approach to learning. Online learning with mobile applications or multimedia effects are a great way to adapt your learning process even when you’re not in the classroom. Find out how you can document your process with Write-on Video!
We sat down with Kdan Team member, Chris Heron, who often uses multimedia to improve his Mandarin Chinese skills, and believes this less-traditional approach has actually worked in his favor. Read on to learn how to document your learning process with video. Don’t forget to claim the 30-day FREE trial of Write-on Video and our creative apps here!
1. Chris, Would you mind sharing a bit about yourself and why you started learning Chinese?
“I came to Taiwan to work for Kdan Mobile. While living here, I became very interested in the culture and people, and wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the mindset of this country in Asia. I figured the best way to connect with Taiwanese people would be to speak with them in their native language. This is the first foreign language I’ve learned, and Mandarin Chinese is known as ‘one of the hardest foreign languages to learn’; I saw this as an opportunity and challenge.
Since I am learning on my own, I have to set long and short-term goals to keep myself on track. Some of my long-term goals include:
- Finish studying the level 1 textbook in 3 months
- Make 6 videos over the next 3 months
- Have 2 language exchanges with a local Taiwanese person this month
In order to keep track of my progress, I break these down into smaller goals, such as working on one chapter in the book per week, write one script each week, or making a list of people I can do a language exchange with, etc.”
2. What are the main differences between learning in a classroom and teaching yourself?
“There are many differences. For example, you are not restricted by the time constraints of the class/teacher. You can continue practicing until you feel comfortable. Another example, and my favorite part of self teaching, is that when you don’t understand a concept, it’s your job to do the research. I find when I do my own research, it allows me to truly understand the concept. I also use other methods, such as making videos and other online tools, to help practice my speaking and listening skills. Being in charge of my own learning process is very motivating and it makes me excited to learn more everyday.
3. What makes Write-on Video cohesive to your Chinese-learning process?
Write-on Video is very helpful in my Chinese learning process. My primary focus is on listening and speaking, so I make videos to help myself practice at home.
This is what my process looks like:
First, I write out what I want to say in Chinese characters and add the Pinyin & tones. Then I film myself practicing the sentences out loud (This takes multiple tries). After feeling comfortable with the sentences, I put all of the pieces together. After compiling the video clips, I listen to what I’m saying as a single, complete idea. I repeat the sentences aloud to make it sound more natural. Then it’s time to use it in the real world!”
4. In particular, which multimedia tools within the app prove the most effective for you?
“Having a video editor that makes it easy to plan video scripts is very important when I am practicing my sentences. For example, the Pods feature on Write-on Video helps me structure the video out before I start filming. The ability to pin comments throughout the video also comes in handy when I’m writing Chinese subtitles. This helps me add text to my video. Lastly, I use social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube to post my videos and document my Chinese-learning process.
Whether you’re learning a new skill, or diving deeper into the subjects from school, using multimedia to learn online is a great way to enhance your learning process. Chris’s story helps portray the message of how beneficial a mobile app, such as Write-on Video can be for a student looking to learn a new topic. To learn more about how you can document your process with Write-on Video, get the Back-To-School 30-day free trial here and start documenting your process!
Also published on Medium.