Learn Mandarin Chinese with a curriculum designed for your busy schedule. Evening classes in downtown Portland, mobile study tools, and excellent instructors, all 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 review lessons,  listen to audio and take quizzes while riding the bus or sitting in front of a computer.  These lessons are designed to study in short bursts, which is great 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

Register now for 2015 Winter classes

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.  (Note: to register, just click on the class name)

Tue Mandarin Three $110 01/06/2015 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed Hanyu Feng 500 $105 01/07/2015 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed Mandarin One $110 01/07/2015 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed Mandarin Six $100 01/07/2015 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu Hanyu Feng 300 $105 01/08/2015 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Thu Intermediate Five $100 01/08/2015 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu Mandarin Two $110 01/08/2015 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu Mandarin Four $100 01/08/2015 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
  • Online quizzes (Mandarin One only)

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 Drama, Learn modern Chinese culture and language through a Chinese drama, 咱们结婚吧 (Zánmen jiéhūn ba). The show is about a left behind woman and left-behind man, who marry despite the objections of parents. It represents modern language and themes. Each week the class works on one segment, practicing the sentence patterns, and discussing the content. This class is designed for novice to intermediate students, but does not require the ability to read Chinese characters. A transcription and translation of the video will be provided.