............ Here's How To Participate in our Incentive Learning Program:



A- Become a member of the Site.

Note: It is not mandatory to join the Incentive Learning Program (I.L.P.). The I.L.P.
is extra (and costs extra) for those who wish to either be tested or wish to compete
for prizes, including the Grand Prize of a FREE trip to the Beijing Olympics!!!

[ NOTE: After the Beijing Olympics is over, the I.L.P. still continues with the FREE
prizes and the FREE trip to China being an ongoing event. Furthermore, as other
Languages come into existence on our site - LanguagesSL.com - each language will also
have its own Incentive Learning Program with FREE prizes, FREE trips ... i.e. - learn
French and compete for a FREE trip to Paris, France; learn Italian and compete for a
FREE trip to Rome, Italy! etc. etc. ]

B- At sign-up decide whether you wish to save $60.00 by purchasing all 31 Chat-Telephone
Tests in advance ($250.oo), or pay $10.00 for each individual test as it is given (which
will cost you $310.oo total). The first method saves you money, assures you a test posi-
tion without registering, AND commits you to taking all 31 Tests (since the money is
non-refundable). The second method allows you to back out at any time.

C- If you do not opt to participate in our Incentive Learning Program, feel free to study
whatsoever Lesson you wish whenever you wish: at your own pace. THAT, is the main
advantage to NOT joining the I.L.P. - that you can pace yourself. Take a day or take a
month. But if you wish to learn more quickly, more efficiently (because competition
motivates!) and the thought of studying your butt off and proving yourself "head of the
class" while winning prizes stimulates the conquering spirit in you, and the prospect of
winning the FREE trip to the Beijing Olympics is worth it, too, then you'll have to study
the Lessons sequentially, work extremely hard to REALLY learn the material, perhaps
spending extra money in utilizing our excellent T.T.s (Telephone Tutors), and be ready
to excel on each Test on Exam Days. If you wish to be fluent in Mandarin Chinese ---
THIS is the "push" you need! Activate your I.L.P. and go for the gold! (Pun intended:
"Beijing" Olympic Gold! that is!!!)




D- Understand that Telephone Tutors are ready to provide you with additional tips and
training, answer questions, and critique you before Exam Days. Also realize that many of
the actual questions and assignments on the Exams are provided to the Telephone Tutors
for your practice! So by hiring a T.T. you definitely have an advantage over those who
do not enlist their aid. At the same time realize that Exams are NOT for posing questions
to the Professors. To do so, actually penalizes you. So if you want reciprocal voices to
critique you before Test Dates, hire a T.T., or better yet, hire several T.T.s!

Telephone Tutors in China cost $1.00 for every 5 minutes. T.T.s in the United States
cost $2.00 for every 5 minutes. Since T.T.s are independent contractors, however, these
prices are general and may vary. Nonetheless, since these commissions belong entirely to
the T.T., prices may be negotiable WITH the T.T. himself/herself.

Commissions should be paid in advance and adequate money placed into the T.T.'s
Paypal Account so that your call can last whatever duration you would like it to last.
Although you can call the T.T. as often as you wish and talk for as long as you like,
the T.T. reserves the option of turning your call into a Conference Call (with several
or many students learning at the same time) if he/she so chooses.

Also understand that it is your obligation to pay for the cost of the telephone call!
The T.T.'s expenses must be covered by you! T.T.s in China or elsewhere may have
different connection charges than is customary in the United States, so you need to
work this out with the T.T. before your tutorship actually begins. But you can request
your T.T. from China, or from the United States, Canada, England, Australia, etc. If you
desire only local calls, let us know and we will try to accomodate you (but of course
this usually will be easier to grant in larger cities than in smaller cities or towns).

E- Exam Professors (on the other hand) are employee-partners. They do not personally
charge for their airtime. Exam Professors' commissions come out of the $250.oo aggregate
or the $10.oo per Lesson that you pay. The calls referred to here are calls during the
course of your exams. You still pay for your own call, in other words, you call the Exam
Professor, but you neither provide for their telephone costs or pay additional fees; both
are covered under your Exam Charge (the $250.oo upfront or the $10.oo per lesson).

F- Tests, even for students taking them sequentially for the competition, do not need
to start with Lesson 1's Examination. LanguagesSL.com is 24/7 open-enrollment. You can
become a member at any time, regardless of the Lessons you may have already missed,
and start with the Lesson currently being studied. For example, you start on Lesson 14.
After the (so called Lesson 31) Appendix Exam is given, Lesson 1 begins again. Thus,
your "open enrollment" curriculum might be, 14 - 31 followed by 1 - 13.

Note: If you enroll with less than 80% of designated study time available, i.e., most
students have already had 3 days to study for it, which you have lost (since you just
joined) and now you only have 2 days before the Exam will be given, we provide you
with two options: 1- Simply do not take that first exam (and even if you paid in advance,
we will not charge you for it, nor dock your score, AND allow you to take the Exam for
the first time when it rolls around again; or 2- Go ahead and take the first exam but if
for any reason (and we'll even allow you to be the judge!) you are dissatisfied with how
you did on it, we will cross out that score and let you re-take that same Exam when it
rolls around again.

G- There is a Test Dates Board that has Dates & Times for Exams according to the World
Clock Time Zones
. We change this according to which Exam Professor is giving the test.
For example, if the Exam Professor lives in Beijing, he/she tries to schedule test times
that correspond mostly to convenient United States time (since the United States is
where the bulk of our students are). For example, he/she may start an exam at 10 a.m.
Beijing time so that it starts 7 p.m. Los Angeles time. This of course would be 10 p.m.
New York City time, (but the world is a big place and we will not always be able to
accommodate everyone most conveniently. When we are busy with many hundreds or
thousands of ILP students, we may schedule the same tests to start at several different
times throughout the day and night, so that anyone anywhere in the world can have a
"waking" hour Test Date or change a Test Date to work around other agendas. For now,
however, we are more restricted.

Test Dates for all 31 Tests, plus the start of the repeating schedule will try to be listed
(in time), so that all new members (regardless of when they join) can have some idea of
when a particular Exam will be given.

H- Students who have paid for the whole schedule of Tests are automatically registered
to take each Exam on its scheduled date. If the same test is listed to be given at
different, multiple times, then it is the student's responsibility to find out which time
he or she is scheduled to take the test. If the student wishes to change that scheduled
date or time to another, then that should be done at least 48 hours in advance, so that
both Exam Professors can plan accordingly.

I- Students who opt to pay exam by exam (or even choose which exams they wish to
compete in! - One can always compete in an Exam one is confident to do well in, and
possibly win the Prize of the Day Competition, even if one does not compete for the
Grand Prize. To compete for the Grand Prize, however, one must complete ALL 31 Exams.

J- Our patent-pending testing system is called, Chat-Telephone Testing. It utilizes both
mediums of an internet website in real-time; and your telephone (also in real-time).

K- When an Exam Date arrives, be prepared with books; notes; adjuvants (yes, it is okay
to have your fluent Chinese friend sitting beside you to assist you --- after all, in the
long run you are the one who needs to pronounce the words and sentences to the Exam
Professor! --- and there's no way we can keep you from "cheating" anyway; your telephone
handy with the Exam Professors telephone number not only written down but entered
in the redial on your phone, etc; and your computer connected to the Exam Chat Line
five or ten minutes before the Exam is scheduled to begin.

L- When the Exam Professor comes on-line into the Exam Chat Room, he/she will offer
a small greeting (with no expected return responses) and dive immediately into the Test.
Understand that these Tests must be covered as quickly as possible. People may be taking
them from ANYWHERE in the world! Someone might be staying up till 2 in the morning
to take the Exam, and we need to finish it as curtly as possible. Therefore, anyone
who abuses the schedule is in danger of being docked points or failing the Exam totally!
A student is given 30 seconds to begin an answer, except on an essay assignment which
may require more reading. Once it is a student's turn to phone in, the student generally
has 60 seconds to dial and have the phone ringing into the Professor's phone. Exceptions
are allowed for international calls which may require more connection time?

M- Exam Questions & Assignments may be in 1 of 12 formats:

... 1- Translation (1 person at a time calls in):

....... (instructions: translate the entire English sentence into Mandarin Chinese) -

....... "Where do you want to go today?"


... 2- Answer The Question (1 person at a time calls in):

....... (instructions: To the English question, answer it in Mandarin Chinese) -

....... "Where do you want to go today?"


... 3- Sentence Practice Words (1 person at a time calls in):

....... (instructions: Respond in Mandarin Chinese using a word other than the underlined
....... word):

....... "Zhè shì wǒde gūgu."


... 4- Sentence Practice Words (1 person at a time calls in):

....... (instructions: Respond in Mandarin Chinese using a word other than the underlined
....... word):

....... "Zhè shì wǒde gūgu."


....... EXTRA Points!

....... --- Everyone is expected to at least fill in the blank with a simple answer.
....... --- But if you fill it in with a complex answer, i.e. - a different-than-normal answer,
....... --- yet still appropriate; or completely change the sentence in an appropriate way,
....... --- you'll receive either 1 or 2 EXTRA points, depending on how much you impressed
....... --- the Professor with what you did!


....... IMPORTANT NOTE HOWEVER:

....... If you venture for a complex answer and blow it, to keep our competition inter-
....... esting, we work it like a game show: you actually LOSE the 1 or 2 points you
....... took the chance of going for!


... 5- Opposites (1 person at a time calls in):

....... (instructions: Say nothing in English. Speak only in Mandarin Chinese):


....... Tell me the opposite of you being hot (as though it is a hot day and you are
....... sweaty).



....... EXTRA Points!

....... --- Everyone is expected to respond with a simple answer.
....... --- But if you respond with a complex answer, i.e. - a different-than-normal answer,
....... --- yet still appropriate; or completely change the sentence in an appropriate way,
....... --- you'll receive either 1 or 2 EXTRA points, depending on how much you impressed
....... --- the Professor with what you did!


....... IMPORTANT NOTE HOWEVER:

....... If you venture for a complex answer and blow it, to keep our competition inter-
....... esting, we work it like a game show: you actually LOSE the 1 or 2 points you
....... took the chance of going for!


... 6- Fill in the Blank(s) (1 person at a time calls in):

....... (instructions: Say the entire sentence in Mandarin Chinese AND fill in the blank(s).)

....... "_______ I will wear a ________ skirt."


....... EXTRA Points!

....... --- Everyone is expected to respond with a simple answer.
....... --- But if you respond with a complex answer, i.e. - a different-than-normal answer,
....... --- yet still appropriate; or completely change the sentence in an appropriate way,
....... --- you'll receive either 1 or 2 EXTRA points, depending on how much you impressed
....... --- the Professor with what you did!


....... IMPORTANT NOTE HOWEVER:

....... If you venture for a complex answer and blow it, to keep our competition inter-
....... esting, we work it like a game show: you actually LOSE the 1 or 2 points you
....... took the chance of going for!


... 7- Essay (1 person at a time calls in):

....... (instructions: Instructions may vary from simple to complex. ) I.E. :

....... "You have between 30 seconds to 1 minute to say as many good things as
........ you can about your best friend."



....... EXTRA Points!

....... --- Everyone is expected to respond with a simple answer.
....... --- But if you respond with a complex answer, i.e. - a different-than-normal answer,
....... --- yet still appropriate; or completely change the sentence in an appropriate way,
....... --- you'll receive either 1 or 2 EXTRA points, depending on how much you impressed
....... --- the Professor with what you did!


....... IMPORTANT NOTE HOWEVER:

....... If you venture for a complex answer and blow it, to keep our competition inter-
....... esting, we work it like a game show: you actually LOSE the 1 or 2 points you
....... took the chance of going for!


... 8- 2-Person Dialogue (2 people call in at the same time):

....... (instructions: The Test Professor assigns the two people who should call in. When
........ the three of you are connected on the Conference Call, the Test Professor then
........ assigns the topic for the two of you to speak on. Everything between the two
........ of you should be in Mandarin Chinese).

........ Sample from Lesson 30 - Love, Romance, Marriage:


....... "Mark: Ask Teresa out on a date.
........ Teresa: Respond howsoever you really wish to respond!
........ Mark: Respond back according to how Teresa responds to you.
........ Teresa: You do the same according to what Mark said.

........ The two of you have up to 4 minutes. Go for it, Mark! (See if you can get a date!)



....... EXTRA Points!

....... --- Everyone is expected to respond with simple sentences (yet more than "yes" or "no").
....... --- But if you respond with complex sentences, i.e. - a different-than-normal answer,
....... --- yet still appropriate; or completely change the sentence in an appropriate way,
....... --- you'll receive either 1 or 2 EXTRA points, depending on how much you impressed
....... --- the Professor with what you did!

....... --- Each person is graded individually.


....... IMPORTANT NOTE HOWEVER:

....... If you venture for a complex answer and blow it, to keep our competition inter-
....... esting, we work it like a game show: you actually LOSE the 1 or 2 points you
....... took the chance of going for!

....... Also, neither person should take more than 1 minute per response.

... 9- Multiple Choice (1 person at a time calls in):

....... (instructions: First mention the letter in English then speak the correct sentence to me
........ in Mandarin Chinese.

........ a- Hěn háochī.
........ b- Hěn hǎochī.
........ c- Hěn hǎochì.
........ d- Hěn hǎochi.



... 10- ToneMark Test (1 person at a time calls in):

....... (instructions: Say the tone mark (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th) for the asterisk AFTER each letter).

........ a- shi*pin
........ b- qia*oke*li*
........ c- pi*ngguo*
........ d- xia*



... 11- What Is WRONG with This Sentence (1 person at a time calls in):

....... (instructions: In English, tell the Professor the errors in this sentence).

........ Tā shēnshǒu ná nà běn shū.


... 12- Tone Distinction (1 person at a time calls in):

....... (instructions: The Exam Professor will say one word 4 times. Each time will be with a
........ different tone. They may or may not be in order: 1st Tone, 2nd Tone, etc. In English,
........ tell the Professor what order he said the tones). I.E. :

........ The correct answer from you would be: tā - 1st, tà - 4th, tǎ - 3rd, tá - 2nd


N- When the student calls the Exam Professor, the Test Professor simply says, "Wèi."
The student should immediately get down to business: first, identify himself; then with
as little hesitation as possible, fulfill the assignment. I.E. :

Jim Jones. B- Hěn hǎochī.

Then, hang up. No goodbye; no questions. Nothing but identity and completing the assign-
ment is what we expect in order to keep these Exams time-manageable.


O- Each student is graded from 0 (flunking) to 5 (highest); plus extra points (when
applicable). Here is a breakdown of the Grading System:

... 0 points - Did not complete the assignment.

... 1 point .- Mis-Toned or Mis-Pronounced 2 words PLUS used a wrong word!

... 2 points - Mis-Toned or Mis-Pronounced 2 words!

... 3 points - Mis-Toned or Mis-Pronounced 1 word!

... 4 points - Toned and Pronounced everything correctly but was slow like a beginner.

... 5 points - Toned and Pronounced everything at normal Mandarin speed.


O- Because there is a definite advantage (time to plan, research, even consult) for students
taking their turns last, we rotate The Telephone Calling Order after each successive assignment
or answer. The person who started first moves to the second position on the second problem;
the second person to the third position; and so forth. The person who started last on the first
question, calls first on the second question, etc.


P- The Exam Professor reflects the New Telephone Calling Order after each assignment is com-
pleted.


Q- After all students have completed a problem, the Professor posts the Grades on the Chat
Screen. Once posted, the next question or assignment begins within a minute.


R- When the Test culminates, the Test Professor posts the Cumulative Scores and announces
the Top Score & Winning Student for that Test. (In the event of ties, the Test Professor has
the option of awarding each person the prize, or of administering tie-breaking questions.)


S- The Student of the Day (the person who has scored the most points) is given the code
to Spin the Incentive Prize Wheel with a guaranteed prize to be won!


The value of prizes are determined by how many students participated in the particular test!


2 to 10 students ............................... $20.00 prize

11 to 20 students .............................. $40.00 prize

21 to 30 students .............................. $60.00 prize

31 to 40 students .............................. $80.00 prize

41 to 50 students .............................. $100.00 prize

51 to 60 students .............................. $120.00 prize

61 to 70 students .............................. $140.00 prize

71 to 80 students .............................. $160.00 prize

81 to 90 students .............................. $180.00 prize

91 to 100 students ............................. $200.00 prize


Furthermore, each Student-of-the-Day is automatically entered into The Grand Prize
Competition to win a FREE trip to the Beijing Olympics! (or Beijing without the Olympics
- depending on factors).


T- Every Student-of-the-day, plus the top 10 overall cumulative scorers for all 31 Lessons,
shall compete in the Grand Prize Exam, with questions and assignments from all 31 Lessons.
This final test is guaranteed to be difficult and, as with any of the big class tests, will
enlist several Test Professors so that multiple calls can be made simultaneously.


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