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Dina Shen at Fast Learning Chinese
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.
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
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

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

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 of 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 are 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 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

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
Igal Fligman,  MD

I have had 2 other Chinese courses before and during the first 6 lessons of your program, I already learnt 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 very unique and makes the learning easier compared to the other
courses I took.
Daniel Paape

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 your passion in teaching. At first I thought the class would not be hard since it is a class after work and
many places kinda go easy on working people(in other words, they do not make your money worth!). But you really
put your heart into every single moment in the class room. Very impressive. It is my turn to put my sweat into learning.
Everyone! This is a place to go if you want to learn Chinese. AND be prepared to study."
Sohui Cho

Dina is a great teacher. She made learning Chinese fun and easy. Everyday concepts were incorporated into the
lesson which helped me learn better. She also is really nice and not your typical teacher.
Tiffany Wallace, Johnson & Wales University

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

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
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