SANTA CLARA, Calif. & SHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--iTutorGroup, a global leader in online education and home of the largest online-learning platform worldwide, recently held its first press conference with Yao Ming since being inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame. Ming is the company’s brand ambassador for its suite of language learning products.
The event was livestreamed using iTutorGroup’s global online broadcasting technology. Ming shared his story during the press conference – discussing everything from his childhood, to his accomplished career with the NBA, to stories about how he learned to speak English.
“When I was a kid, my mom would always force me to memorize word-by-word. After I went to the U.S., I had no choice but study hard to improve my English,” said Ming. “I hope you can start earlier than myself. Don’t wait to learn English until a great chance presents itself in front of you. We need to learn from craftsmen to perfect our skills and accumulate knowledge so that we’ll have the ability to make the right choices when good opportunities arrive.”
Ming shared his challenges with learning English when he first joined the NBA. Today, his English is excellent and many people would never imagine how difficult it was for him to learn.
“The world is becoming smaller, as well as bigger. It’s getting smaller because of the technology that has enabled people to communicate closely and easily. It’s becoming bigger because of the speed we learn which is still faster than how technology advances. Only when learning new skills, discovering the world and being observant, we can understand cultures better,” Ming said.
Several years ago, Ming became a teaching consultant for one of iTutorGroup’s products called TutorMing which provides online Mandarin Chinese Language Learning across 20 countries. He plans to share more of his opinions and stories about Chinese and U.S. culture and language learning.
“I am looking forward to having more time to teach Chinese on iTutorGroup’s platform and letting more people know about the eastern philosophy and culture. It’s important to learn a second language to be able to communicate globally.”
iTutorGroup is the global leader of online language learning. With global headquarters in Shanghai, China, the company’s education platform provides real-time, live, interactive language training sessions. iTutorGroup’s education language platform provides personalized language learning through its tens of millions of classes held annually. Founded in 1998, the company serves 100,000 active students worldwide, from business professionals to young children. The company has more than 10,000 teaching consultants in 80+ countries. iTutorGroup's award-winning education products include vipabc, TutorABC, vipabc junior and TutorABCJr for English-language learning, TutorMing for Mandarin Chinese language learning, and LiveH2H a robust, global communications platform supported by live translations in multiple languages. The company has raised $315 million in funding to date. To learn more about iTutorGroup and its products, visit www.itutorgroup.com. You can also follow us on Facebook.