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Chigusa: Welcome to a special Inner Circle Audio Lesson! I'm Chigusa and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com... Peter Galante!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Chigusa: In this Inner Circle, we’re talking about…
Peter: How to Boost Your Output - Speaking and Writing in Your Target Language
Chigusa: You’ll Learn...
Peter: One - How I Reached My Goals and the Importance of Starting Easy
Chigusa: Two - How I’m Expanding My Language Learning in Month 2
Peter: And Three - How to Add Language Output to Your Learning Routine
Chigusa: All so you can master your target language and reach your goals!
Chigusa: Listeners, welcome back to the Inner Circle.
Peter: Last time, you learned all about language input...
Chigusa: ...how to set goals, routines...
Peter: And how I started doing language input for French with Alexa.
Peter: By the way, Listeners, just as a reminder on input and output.
Chigusa: Input is what you take in...
Peter: For example, listening, reading or watching video lessons. What you passively consume.
Chigusa: And output is what comes out. So, speaking and writing.
Peter: In other words, it's what you produce.
Chigusa: So, how did your goals go?
Peter: Let’s jump into the first part of this Inner Circle.
Chigusa: Part 1 - How Peter Reached His Goals and the Importance of Starting Easy
Peter: Last time, I promised to take 1 FrenchPod101 lesson a day with Alexa. And, also to reach 1 minute of conversation and learn 50 French words.
Chigusa: How’d it go?
Peter: I hit my goals..i reached 1 minute of conversation in French. With all of the language input I’ve been doing, I learned plenty of phrases and words for the conversation, and for my 50 word goal.
Chigusa: That’s good. So last month was all about input. You were listening to audio lessons.
Peter: Exactly. But to be honest, a 1 minute conversation isn’t that hard.
Chigusa: How so? I think it’d be hard for most beginners. I mean... what do you say after “Hello?”
Peter: Well, think about your own conversations. They tend to follow a pattern, right?
Chigusa: Yeah, like “Hello. How are you? How was your weekend?”
Peter: Exactly. So, if you prep these phrases ahead of time, it’s easy.
Chigusa: Yeah, that’s true.
Peter: And our lessons, like the Top 25 Questions Series, teach you all the common questions and phrases for conversation.
Chigusa: So if you know the most-commonly used phrases...
Peter: ...You can easily handle a 1-minute conversation, Chigusa.
Chigusa: Is that a good thing though? To make it too easy for yourself?
Peter: It is. Remember, language goals must be realistic enough to achieve. And for me personally, January was a busy month...
Chigusa: Right. You didn’t want to overwhelm yourself.
Peter: The second reason is... if something is easy to start...
Chigusa: ...it’s also easy to continue?
Peter: Exactly. That’s actually why most learners don’t continue. They set a hard goal, they fail, and lose confidence. And the third reason is Alexa. It just made it super easy for me to do the lessons at the dinner table.
Chigusa: I see. It sounds like your learning routine is locked in, Peter!
Peter: Actually that’s a great point. Listeners, you should also start with an easy goal....
Chigusa: ...so that you can get your routine set in place.
Peter: In my case, because it was SO easy to do, I had no problem sticking with doing a lesson every day
Chigusa: Okay, what about next month? This month was all about input.
Peter: Let’s jump into the second part.
Chigusa: Part 2 - How Peter’s Expanding His Language Learning in Month 2
Peter: This next month I want to start doing output.
Chigusa: Speaking and writing?
Peter: Right. Actually, I already started on my speaking goal last time... so I’m adding writing.
Chigusa: I think it makes sense. You were focused on input and it’s important to add output. For balance.
Peter: You’re right. As much as I want to read and understand French, I want to speak and write it too.
Chigusa: Do you have a routine set for writing?
Peter: I don’t have a finalized routine yet but my goal is to send 2 messages a week to my Premium PLUS teacher. Around 100 characters. I’m not setting a clear routine just yet because I want to see how it’ll fit into my schedule.
Chigusa: Got it. You have one successful in place...
Peter: ...and i don’t want to overload myself by forcing another in.
Chigusa: That makes sense.
Peter: Next, I’ll also add a bit input too. Reading.
Chigusa: Why reading?
Peter: Well, I like reading as a language learning tactic for two reasons. First, it’s the one skill you can practice all the time.
Chigusa: Yeah, you don’t really need a teacher for that. You can pull out a book and read anytime.
Peter: And second, a book forces you to fully focus. With Alexa and listening to lessons..
Chigusa: Can you focus?
Peter: It’s hard to tell. You’re listening but you don’t really know if you’re 100% engaged....
Chigusa: ...But with a book you have to pay attention.
Peter: Plus, we have new extensive reading books on FrenchPod101...
Chigusa: ...Ah yes, they should be up on all sites this year.
Peter: By the way listeners, extensive reading is a popular learning tactic for immersing yourself in language, reading more and boosting your vocabulary.
Chigusa: The goal is to read level appropriate books without stopping for every word you don’t know.
Peter: ...and without straining your brain over every word. So, it’s meant to be fun...
Chigusa: ...you should skip words, and continue reading as much as possible.
Peter: We have 9 Absolute Beginner level Extensive Reading books on FrenchPod101, so my goal is to finish 5 books by the end of February.
Chigusa: What about Alexa and the FrenchPod101 lessons?
Peter: Well it’s like they say, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. I will maintain that routine and listen to a lesson every day.
Chigusa: Alright, you’re expanding your routines, adding output...
Peter: ..and a little bit more input.
Chigusa: Right, so what can our listeners take away? What can they do this month?
Peter: Let’s jump into the final part.
Chigusa: Par 3 - How to Add Language Output to Your Learning Routine
Peter: So, last time listeners, you set your small, measurable monthly goal...
Chigusa: ...with a deadline.
Peter: You created a routine based on your goal.
Chigusa: And you started doing language input. So, you’re taking the language in....
Peter: ...you’re consuming audio lessons, watching video, lessons, reading the extensive reading books or learning words with our vocab lists.
Chigusa: Now, your next step is to start doing output.
Peter: In other words, producing. Either by speaking the language or writing.
Chigusa: Here’s how you can start doing this with our learning program.
Peter: If you’re a Premium PLUS student, the first thing we ask you to do is write a self-introduction...
Chigusa: ...and send it to your Premium PLUS teacher.
Peter: Once you send it, they will review it, correct it and send you the feedback.
Chigusa: And now you have a perfect self-introduction which you can use any time.
Peter: You can also record yourself and send the audio to your teacher...
Chigusa: ...as a way to practice your speaking.
Peter: They’ll review your audio for mistakes and help you perfect your pronunciation.
Chigusa: See if you can send 2 or 3 recordings a week.
Peter: Next, you can write, in general, to your teacher and practice one on one.
Chigusa: For example, you can send a piece of writing to review....
Peter: ...or you can just send a message and get a conversation going. Make it a goal to send 5 messages a week.
Chigusa: Premium PLUS members also get weekly assignments...
Peter: ...and this another way you can practice output. Make it a goal to complete 1 assignment every week.
Chigusa: If you’re a Premium user or a Premium PLUS user, shadow the lesson conversations as a way to practice speaking.
Peter: In other words, listen and repeat.
Chigusa: You can also record yourself with the Voice Recorder in the Dialog tool...
Peter:...to perfect pronunciation by comparing it with native speakers/
Chigusa: For writing, you can leave a comment in our lessons and our teachers will get back to you.
Peter: Or, write out the lesson dialog by hand.
Chigusa: In fact, writing things out by hand helps you remember more because it fully engages your brain.
Peter: And you can even apply this to our study tools like Vocab Lists and the Word of the Day.
Chigusa: That’s right, just copy out the words by hand...
Peter: ...and you’ll be surprised how fast you’ll learn with this simple tactic.
Chigusa: Alright, Peter, so what about you? What’s your plan for next month?
Peter: You mean my goals?
Chigusa: Yes.
Peter: I’ll continue doing 1 FrenchPod101 lesson a day with Alexa. Next, I’ll send my introduction to my Premium PLUS teacher. Both, the writing and the recording. The goal is to send her 2 messages a week, 100 characters long. And, I want to finish 5 extensive reading books?
Chigusa: Listeners, what about you?
Peter: What’s your small, measurable monthly goal? And what’s the deadline?
Chigusa: Be sure to set a simple goal like... Finish 15 Audio Lessons, which is input...
Peter: ....or send 8 recordings this month to your Premium PLUS teacher. That’s output.
Chigusa: Let us know.
Peter: Email us at inner dot circle at innovative language dot com.
Chigusa: And stay tuned for the next Inner Circle.


Chigusa: Well, that’s going to do it for this special Inner Circle lesson for this year!
Peter: Bye everyone!
Chigusa: Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next time.


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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In this Inner Circle Lesson, you'll learn:



1. How Peter Reached My Goals & The Importance of Starting Easy

2. How Peter is Expanding My Language Learning in Month 2

3. How to Add Language Output to Your Learning Routine


And listeners, let me know: What’s your small, measurable monthly goal? And what’s the deadline?

Send me an email at:


See you next month!

Peter Galante, Founder
Team ChineseClass101

Monday at 11:01 PM
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Hello Amy,

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Monday at 07:07 PM
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Hi Uwe

I thought you were asking how to memorize Chinese characters. Sorry for my misinterpretation.

Zhè'er yǒu píngguǒ diànnǎo ma?


So here is the example. And I'd like to explain it in a simple way:

1.watch or listen to the lesson many times.

2.get the typical Chinese words order.

Like learning any language, to get the right pronunciation, especially Chinese intonation, you need to listen to native Chinese people speaking. ‘many times' of listening here could mean as many as 20-30 times(for the learners who are not quick in learning from listening), if you can take it, but not necessarily always paying attention. From the 5th-6th time, you may go at ease, just get used to the voice of this new language. You may listen to the audio when driving, or working some household things.

After some times of listening, you can effortlessly recite some simple lines, and it generally comes after 3-7 weeks(even for young kids), such as 你叫什么名字?(What's your name?).

The second, basic Chinese words order. You may pay attention to lessons related to it. Then you may compose some simple Chinese lines, with what you have learned.

Now we come back to the line you asked, which is a simple question, or Yes/No question, with 吗. It comes in a statement order. So Chinese Yes/No question is much simpler, just add 吗 at the end of a statement, and raise the tone when reading it.

I hope my answer is helpful.

Thanks for learning with us.

Best regards,


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Saturday at 02:34 PM
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Hello Amy,

thank you for your fast response.

I do not unterstand how your advice would help me to memorize i.e. a phrase like 这儿有苹果电脑吗.

Either are the radicals displayed in the lessons nor in the flash cards and in addition it is no help to memorize the correct intonation of the tones. Even if I would look up the radicals besides the lessons and flashcards what would be an efficient way to memorize them in the correct order?

From my point of view your answer is not in any way an applicable support to master in concrete the complex memorizing prozess of learning a chinese phrase in an efficient way. Please could you specify for my above mentioned example a complete memorizing process that can also be applied realistically and practically in learning practice.

Best regards

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Saturday at 05:13 AM
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Hello Uwe

Nice to meet you.

An efficient way to memorize Chinese characters is to start with radicals.

I may say Chinese words constructions have 2 layers: the 1st is the radicals, and the 2nd is the Chinese characters themselves, since some words are composed by 2 or more than 2 characters.

For example, the character/word 你 has a radical 亻, which means 'one person', and you may find this radical in many other words.

The character/word 很 has another radical: 彳,which means 'two persons'.

There are over 100 major radicals for native Chinese, but for foreign learners, 20-30 radicals are quite a knowledge.

They don't really carry the meaning or phonetic spelling( probably around 20% they inform the meaning), and this is the hard part of Chinese. However, they do help in memorizing words, since they are very frequently used.

Thanks for learning with us.


Team ChineseClass101.com

Thursday at 07:14 AM
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my name is Uwe, I’m German, live in Hamburg and study Chinese on beginner level.

I listened to all of your podcasts and enjoyed you general and personal experiences and insights. You covered a lot of topics and methods, but one -in my point of view important- topic has never been discussed before. I think you have not talked about techniques how to memorize vocabulary and foreign language characters. Which concrete operations should I process in my mind to remember vocabulary and characters in an efficient way?

There are some different methods known. It would be great if you could give any advice or report from your experiences.

With kind regards