Studying Chinese in Yangshuo
Yangshuo is visited by people from around the world and has a very multi-cultural feel. You can study Chinese while visiting some historical relics and scenic attractions, countryside and local people's families. The courses will make your vacation a pleasant, meaningful and unforgettable experience. It is an ideal place to combine study with travel.
- General information related to the courses
- Intensive Chinese course (you are on this page now)
- Survival Chinese course
Intensive Chinese course
The intensive immersion course is well-suited for people who want to study Chinese seriously and devote enough energy to it. It is the best course for those who are really motivated to study Chinese in China. The course focuses on effective communication, not rote learning. Your personality traits and varied needs will be taken into consideration when choosing a textbook and planning the private lessons and teaching schedule with Janie. You can choose to learn only spoken Chinese or learn the written language as well.
The spoken Chinese course focuses only on speaking and listening skills, and improving your conversational abilities quickly.
The spoken and written course focuses on speaking, listening, reading and writing. By learning characters in addition to learning how to speak, you will create a stronger basis for remembering and improving your Chinese vocabulary. You will also gain greater cultural insight from it.
Learning Chinese by studying only the spoken language is faster than trying to remember and recognize the Chinese characters too. But if you have the time, the will and the patience to study the written language, you will eventually be able to better learn the language, and your pace will increase as you start to read and understand more and more characters
Students will use a textbook to structure and guide their learning process. It serves as a tool to be used when studying or reviewing alone. During the lessons, Janie will work on your pronunciation and you practice what you have learned so far in different situations. Outdoor lessons will be organized to help you study Mandarin in Yangshuo's streets, to practice your language skills with locals and give you more confidence.
One course has at most 4 students, but most of the time these are private lessons. Students with a positive learning attitude will benefit immeasurably from this and gain a valuable and unique insight into Chinese culture. It's an educational journey that's stimulating and enriching!
Rhonda, 62, Australia - 26 October 2012
Patient, competent and experienced teacher
Rating 5/5 - 3-month intensive Chinese course
To whom it may concern:
During our recent stay in Yangshuo, China, I completed approximately 130 hours of one-to-one Chinese lessons with CHEN Janie (陈婧) as my teacher.
Prior to my arrival in China, Janie Chen had communicated with me in English via email. I knew very little Chinese and Janie Chen organised my course according to my needs and wishes. She chose a very useful textbook with various everyday themes to structure my lessons. Janie Chen arrived punctually each morning and was always neatly presented and well-prepared. She has good English and was able to explain even complicated grammatical points in a way that made them easy to understand.
At my request Janie Chen concentrated on developing my listening and speaking skills and within a few weeks I found my vocabulary and comprehension improving. Janie Chen speaks standard Mandarin in a very clear voice and at a pace neither too slow nor too fast but carefully calculated to facilitate understanding. As time went on and I became more familiar with simple Chinese, Janie Chen increased the pace to a level closer to normal conversation. Because she provided me with so much practice using key words and phrases, I found that my vocabulary increased naturally, almost without effort. She also provided me with typewritten notes after each lesson.
Janie Chen is an extremely warm, friendly person and clearly a very enthusiastic teacher. I found my enjoyment and appreciation of this very difficult language and of the Chinese culture rapidly increasing under her tutelage. I thoroughly enjoyed her lessons and found time passing so quickly each day that I was surprised when the lesson was over. Since my departure from China several weeks ago, I have already used my Chinese on several unexpected occasions and have been surprised and delighted with the results. I attribute this to Janie Chen's excellent teaching.
I have no hesitation in commending her services to anyone seeking a patient, competent and experienced teacher of Chinese.
Marie, 64, America - 24 June 2012
Made my stay in Yangshuo very special
Rating 5/5 - 2-week intensive Chinese course
I want to let people know of my fantastic experience learning Mandarin in Yangshuo. In fact, next year I will visit again and stay one month. This village in China is a popular tourist destination for Asians and others world-wide. The karnst mountains are incredible.
I took classes with Janie Qingyu Chen at a school called New Start where she rents a room. She accommodated my disabilty (broken neck complications). My classes were four hours in the morning and the last thirty minutes we walked through the fresh vegetable and fruit markets to buy produce using the phrases I had just learned. It was amazing!
The people in Yangshuo are very friendly and kind. Janie is a very talented teacher who has her certification from Beijing University teaching Mandarin as a second language. She made my stay in Yangshuo very special. Her teaching methods provide modes of retaining the language via immediate use with the locals. I was understood in shops, restaurants, street vendors, and my hotel. Of course, many in Yangshuo speak English, but they enjoyed talking with me in Mandarin. Janie brings Mandarin language to life and you learn the emotions behind the words.
I requested to learn Hanyu Pinyin and not the Chinese characters. I wanted to learn to converse quickly. Janie accomplished that for me!
Beautiful village, talented teacher, kind locals, delicious foods, and many tours and activities to take part in, make Yangshuo, China an ideal vacation or study location!