Learn Mandarin Chinese with our unique curriculum. Evening classes conveniently located in downtown Portland, mobile study tools, and excellent instructors make it easier for you to succeed!

 

Learn to Speak

Our approach is simple. We introduce the language incrementally so you learn steadily without being overwhelmed. You participate in activities that make the language easier to understand and harder to forget.  And our mobile accessible materials allow you to keep learning outside of class. More about our methods

Study Anywhere

Our lessons are available on mobile devices, computers and printed workbooks.  You can read text and  listen to audio while riding the bus or sitting in front of a computer.  These lessons are designed to study in short bursts, which is good news if you have a busy schedule. More about our materials

Great Teachers

Our teachers are enthusiastic about your progress.  Seeing students become confident speakers is the best reward.  Each class balances explanations with memorable conversational activities.  We constantly compare notes to improve our effectiveness. Meet Our Staff

Summer Classes still Open for Registration

Each class meets for 1.5 hours once a week for ten weeks, from the 2nd week of June to the last week of August.  (Hint: to register, just click on the class name)

Tue Mandarin One $110 06/24/2014 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed Chinese TV Show $75 06/25/2014 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed Hanyu Feng 500 $110 06/25/2014 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed Mandarin Four $100 06/25/2014 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu Intermediate Four $100 06/26/2014 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu Mandarin Two $110 06/26/2014 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu Hanyu Feng 300 $110 06/26/2014 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu Mandarin Three $110 06/26/2014 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Which Class is Right for Me?

Mandarin One-Three. The “Beginner” series will introduce you to Mandarin Chinese as it is spoken today. We start with the basics of pronunciation and sentence patterns. By the end of this series you will have solid conversational skills. You will learn Pinyin, the phonetic representation of Mandarin words, but Chinese characters can wait until the following series.

Each class in the Beginner series includes

  • Access to 10 online lessons
  • Printed workbook of the lessons
  • Teachers who care
  • Breakout groups for focused practice

Here is a description of each class in the series

  • Mandarin One: In this course you will learn pronunciation, pinyin, basic grammar and something about Chinese culture. You will build a solid foundation for future study, while gaining practical language skills appropriate for everyday use in China and Taiwan. Check out a sample lesson from Mandarin One. 

  • Mandarin Two: Having mastered pinyin and simple grammar, the next step is to become more comfortable with sentences. We will explore more interesting grammar patterns, expand the vocabulary and learn how to engage native speakers in conversation. Check out a sample lesson from Mandarin Two.

  • Mandarin Three: While continuing to build vocabulary, this class will focus on conversations that frequently occur frequently when traveling in China. You will gain more confidence in conversation and deepen your understanding of modern Chinese culture. Check out a sample lesson from Mandarin Three.

Mandarin Four-Six This series continues our tradition of highly interactive class sessions and introduces Chinese characters using the “Conversational Chinese 301″ textbooks.  Students in this series are transitioning from sentence level comprehension to communication strategies. Students who have a strong interest in Chinese characters may  

Intermediate One-Nine. These classes uses the textbook “Short Term Conversational Mandarin Level 2″ which is mostly Chinese characters and contains a lot of useful grammar and vocabulary.  Class time will be spent practicing the sentences in teacher led dialog.  It is challenging and fun.

Hanyu Feng 300 & 500 Our most popular class. Each quarter we read a short book, designed for beginning learners.  Each book is chosen from the “Chinese Breeze” series.  These books tell an interesting and engaging story using simple words.  We use class time to discuss the stories. This is an excellent choice for students who are interested in up-leveling their reading and speaking skills.  The level (300 or 500) is for students who are confident with the first 300 or 500 characters on the HSK scale.

Chinese TV Show, Learn modern Chinese culture and language through a Chinese sit-com, 家有儿女 (Jiā Yǒu Èr Nǘ). This class is designed for intermediate students, but does not require the ability to read Chinese characters.  The program is humorous and reflective of language spoken in China today.  Class materials include a Youtube video of the first lesson, and a full transcription including characters, pinyin and translation divided into 14 segments. Each week the class works on one segment, practicing the sentence patterns, and discussing the content. You can check out the materials here.