Testimonials

See What Our Students Are Saying

Here’s a letter from 3 brothers who specifically came from Southern New Jersey every Saturday and finished Levels 1, 2 and 3 in group classes.

Thanks Dina! With your accelerated learning program, I was able to learn 3 years of Chinese in only about one year.

Robert Harnaga

Thank You Dina,
Spending Saturday afternoons in New York City learning Chinese from such a warm and dedicated teacher with my two brothers was a nice experience for me personally. The amount of material that you cover creates a perfect mix for learning. Your knowledge of the subject matter and method of teaching combined to give us a firm foundation
in understanding the Chinese language.

Doug Harnaga

Dina,
I absolutely agree with Doug.
In addition, while our journey (one way needs 2 hours by train) from New Jersey to your class in NYC usually took up our whole Saturday, but it was made worthwhile by your warm smile and your dedication to teaching. Completing your Chinese program Level 1, 2 and 3 may not have been an easy task. However, you made it very pleasant. I appreciate your willingness to spend any time needed before or after class to help with our learning. Thank you so much and I wish you much success with your future.

Jim Harnaga

More From Other Students:

I find the program very helpful, since it integrates spoken conversation, pronunciation, pinyin notation and Chinese characters in a very organic fashion. (I used some of my newfound knowledge last night at Ollie’s noodle shop and was very pleased that I was understood!) I look forward to coming to class and to the challenges of learning Chinese in this interesting and lively manner. As a professor, I’ve studied other languages in the more traditional way and I really like Dina’s approach better.

Roberta Graziano

Hunter College

Dina is an extremely accommodating, patient, organized, encouraging, and creative teacher. Her understanding of and experiences in China and the USA profoundly augment her teaching. I am amazed at the amount one is able to say and write, especially with respect to Chinese characters, at the end of the first lessons of level 1 much less after the entire 22 lessons. With a mastery of level 1, one definitely can converse well enough in Mandarin to speak when traveling- which is quite a feat! WOW!! I just finished level 1 within 2.5 weeks and I can’t wait to see what level 2 holds! Dina’s course is so very well worth it. In short, if you want to learn to read, write, speak, and listen to Mandarin effectively, WITH UNDERSTANDING also, Dina delivers.

E. Barrett

Math Teacher in NYC

I have had 2 other Chinese courses before and during the first 6 lessons of your program, I already learned more than in those courses. The teaching style is very unique and even though it starts with teaching the basics (of course) you also learn a lot of useful expressions and words as well as the Chinese characters of many words. That might sound hard to learn, but as I already said the teaching style is a very unique and makes the learning easier compared to the other courses I took.

Daniel Paape

I tried hard to find a nice Mandarin school in NYC for the past couple of years and it was not easy to find the right one. I went to NYU, had private tutors but they are incomparable to Dina!!! You will be impressed at her bright energy and enormous passion for teaching. I speak 5 foreign languages, and based on my previous learning experience, I thought ‘Oh well, what does it really matter who teaches…’ But I was so wrong!!! It really DOES matters who teaches Mandarin, especially because of 4 intonations where we don’t really have in other languages. She teaches us very clearly, is always smiling and we learn very fast, just like the name of the website, Fast Learning Chinese! I strongly recommend Dina and I promise you’ll never regret! I sincerely appreciate Dina for this precious learning opportunity. Tai xie xie ni le!

Yeon J. Kim

Student studying oriental medicine & acupuncture

I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the best teacher I ever had. All your students and student to be are considered to be very lucky to have you as a teacher. Why? Because you have a caring attitude, and a love of learning, warm and accessible, and committed to your goal. You make learning Chinese very interesting, you
explain the origin of words and have a systematic way of teaching thereby making easy retention. Because you make your student relax after the busy/hectic work since you have a unique way— a magic as I can say, other teachers do not have, you keep us motivated with your varied, lively approaches, thus making your students attentive and their enthusiasm is always there in each lesson. And lastly because your methodology of teaching is simplified but very effective, you present materials in an enthusiastic manner, thus instill a hunger in your students to learn more on their own. You exhibit expertise in the subject, students have that eagerness to learn. You are really a great Lao shi. I would say that you deserve to have a title, that is you are the “Confucius of Modern Time of the New Generation” Again my heartfelt thanks for having you as my great teacher. Still to be with you on Level 2

Joy Yang

HSBC BANK USA

I find your teaching method very logical & effective. My main obstacle in learning putonghua previously has been the tones & you focus on the tones in a very practical way. Steve Lowenstein

I really enjoy your classes. Your method of combining visual, oral and the written Chinese characters
learn a lot!

Fern Bligen

Dina makes learning Chinese easy!! Class is interactive and you get personal attention.
I highly recommend Dina as your Chinese instructor.”

Patricia(Trish)

Dahl

I’m really glad I decided to take your course. I was a little apprehensive about learning Mandarin Chinese but your teaching methods have made it very enjoyable. I’m looking forward to taking the next set of
classes.

Dave McNichol

It’s culture and history. Dina’s approach and the manner in which the classes are taught are learning how to speak and write Chinese I am also learning about different aspects of china’s culture and history. Dina’s approach and the manner in which the classes are taught are the significant differences for me.
The flexibility to attend make-up classes really confident learning Chinese. Accommodate my busy schedule. The Lesson templates are excellent! I feel really confident learning Chinese.

Howard Clarke

Dear Dina,
It has been truly a privilege and honor to have you not only as my teacher, but an angel who has enriched my life so much. The passion, dedication, and nurturing way you have for teaching/educating your students is intoxicating!!! For a person who speaks Mandarin, I was tepid in taking your class. Can I just say you had me at “Hello”? Your classes are fast paced, but flow smoothly together like one big masterpiece. You make it fun and interactive that I am always spellbound. Your tireless & boundless
energy, enthusiasm, and love is inspirational, encouraging, and aspiring!!! Much appreciation & admiration,

Chris Liu

I couldn’t be happier with Dina’s lessons at Fast Learning Chinese. For someone who is committed to learning Chinese, Dina’s lessons provide a fast and effective way of doing so. I couldn’t believe how easy she has made it to learn. Nick Blitterswyk

I truly feel that you are a wonderful teacher. Your approach to educating students is very clear and makes it easy to understand the lesson. I would not know how to improve the lesson and your drawings are getting much better. I studied today’s lesson for some time and although I cannot remember all the words you have taught (I need more study time), I was surprised by my understanding of the concepts. I can use help with the pronunciations as I am lacking confidence in that area.

Phil Aronson

Having completed Fast Learning Chinese level 1 class, I am very pleasantly surprised by how quickly I was able to begin to speak and start to form my very own sentences in Mandarin. During the level 1 class I found that each of the lessons were planned out very well. Dina has a unique teaching style that keeps you interested and wanting to learn more. Out of the many different subjects I have had to study for I can wholeheartedly say that this was one of the few times that I actually enjoyed going to class. In addition to her book, I found that her CD was an essential tool and it came in handy when I wasn’t sure of the proper pronunciations and tones. I have recommended Fast Learning Chinese
to my friends and I will continue to recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning Mandarin.

Allen Nip,

Morgan Stanley

I must candidly say that I began “Fast Learning Chinese” with great skepticism. I could not fathom that anyone could teach me so rapidly to speak even the most basic Chinese. After all Mandarin has a (justified) reputation as a very difficult language for many reasons. But I am thrilled to report that I have acquired a rather comfortable level of spoken basic Chinese. Yes, learning a new language is an ongoing process, the practice must continue, and I know I will be making mistakes. But I have been pleasantly rewarded by Chinese speakers who complimented me not only for my vocabulary but more importantly for my pronunciation and intonation! If you open your mind, if you listen carefully, if you do the work, and if you’re unafraid to imitate Dina’s diction, you will find the program works very well. Finally, you will enjoy a teacher who respects her native tongue and is clearly enthusiastic teaching it each and every week!

Igal Fligman

MD

I like Fast Learning Chinese. Of all the Chinese teachers I have met, Dina is by far the greatest. My main issue when looking for Chinese teachers is how well their spoken English are because in order for me to understand the language, being able to explain the language from Chinese to English is a big deal for me and Dina has shown that.
I like the way she teaches using her drawings to write different characters. It’s easy and fast!

Helen Yu

Thank you for another great lesson. You are an exceptional instructor. You have a unique way of imparting knowledge. You are making a difficult language almost easy and you are very patient. You should be teaching in an University. Ron Kehrli

Dear Dina,

After having taken 3 levels of Fast Learning Chinese (with no prior exposure to the language), I am amazed by the level I have achieved and by how much I can say, write and understand the Chinese language. I know that my accomplishments are undoubtedly a result of your undeniable talent as a language teacher. I, myself, am a French teacher so I know a good teacher when I see one. Besides learning Chinese, I also got many pointers on how to be an efficient language teacher by observing your dedication to your students as well as benefiting from your extensive knowledge about the methodology of language teaching. Your classes are prepared in a constructive and intelligent way, not to mention taught in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. As your student, I had to work hard outside of class.
Studying and practicing is an essential part of learning a language. Yet this hard work outside of class would not have paid off as it did if it were not for your talent. What made the overall experience a satisfying one was the fact that you understand that language cannot be taught properly in a vacuum. For each new word (whether it be a character or its pinyin transcription), you gave us its epistemological origin as well as clear ways to remember it. You never made this whole learning process a tedious one. All your classes were fun and interesting, yet challenging. I am leaving New York soon; I will miss you and your classes. And I will continue learning Chinese now that I have had the best Chinese teacher ever. Xiè xiè!

Muriel Placet-Kouassi

Drew University

I really enjoy your classes. Your method of combining visual, oral and the written Chinese characters
learn a lot!

Fern Bligen

I truly feel that you are a wonderful teacher. Your approach to educating students is very clear and makes
it easy to understand the lesson. I would not know how to improve the lesson and your drawings are getting much better. I studied todays lesson for some time and although I cannot remember all the words you have taught (i need more study time), I was surprised by my understanding of the concepts. I can use help with the pronunciations as I am lacking confidence in that area.

Phil Aronson

for the information I was really surprise to learn something new, the caligraphy left me impressed.I really enjoyed your teaching. You are a great Lao Shi. You have my respects.
Thank you for your update and kindness. Zai-Jian!

Ivan

Dear Dina
I enjoyed your class very much. You are by far the most passionate and energetic teacher I have known. Your energy and enthusiasm has definitely inspired me to become a better student. I really appreciate the extra time and effort you put in to ensure that students understand what was taught. Your method
of relating Chinese characters to its actual meaning is very helpful. The notes and CD are great tools as well. Thanks for being such great teacher!

Kevin Ho

Dina has a passion for teaching and it definitely shows through during our classes. She has a unique way of presenting the material to help us remember everything more easily. She is very engaging and makes
it fun to learn a difficult language. I’m really happy that I decided to take classes with her rather through some language institute because she is a great teacher and actually cares about whether or not her students are picking up on what she teaches. I would definitely recommend her to anyone trying to find a Mandarin Chinese class in New York. ——Thanks for everything!”

Jenny Lee