TouchChinese, a China-based online Chinese learning service, believes in two things most Chinese always do when it comes to education: good teachers and teaching one-to-one. Agree or not, TouchChinese offers online Chinese language lessons with that in mind.

Learning with TouchChinese is easy. A teacher will be assigned for a student after the latter signs up to a program. The student can schedule lessons at his/her convenience so long as the teacher is awake and free. One-on-one live lessons will be conducted through video messaging software like Skype.

TouchChinese said they’d focus on one-to-one teaching so far. With tools like Skype, teaching one to one is easy no matter how geographically far a teacher and a student are. One of the reasons, however, that online education is regarded as disruptive is that one live or recorded course would benefit numerous people. Also, since it’s one-time cost, such a course cannot be very expensive if it’s consumed by a considerable number of people. Considering time limits and costs, one-to-one education may still be a luxury to many people around the world. Hope $15 or less charged by TouchChinese for a lesson isn’t expensive to everyone who wants to learn Mandarin.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com