Learn survival Chinese with Culture Yard –
Moving to China? Spending a long holiday in China?
It can be a bit daunting at first!
Ease yourself in gently. Learn useful Chinese phrases that you can use on a daily basis, and settle into life in China.
Fully immerse yourself by using your Chinese language skills when you’re out and about. Our survival Chinese class not only teaches useful Chinese phrases, but you will have a better understanding of Chinese people and culture by the end of it.
In this course you'll cover:
A course opens when at least 3 students are signed up (max. class size 8). If your preferred start date is not available, we will do our best to find the next best schedule for you!
Courses meet four hours daily Monday through Friday for one week. (11:00-12:50 + one-hour lunch break + 14:00-15:50)
Please email us for upcoming course dates: email@example.com
You can also study Survival Chinese privately online.
Find out the answers to commonly asked questions
Our school hours are 9:00-21:00. If you have questions about classes or just want to stop in for a chat, our office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 13:00, and Tuesday and Wednesdays 18:00-20:00. You can also set an appointment via email or WeChat.
Culture Yard is closed during Chinese public holidays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
In 2019, we will be closed:
December 30 – January 1 (New Year 元旦节)
February 4 – 10 (Chinese New Year 春节)
April 5 – 7 (Tomb Sweeping Festival 清明节)
April 29 – May 1 (Labor Day 劳动节)
June 7 – 9 (Dragon Boat Festival 端午节)
September 13 – 15 (Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节)
October 1 – 7 (National Day Holiday 国庆节)
December 25 (Christmas Day 圣诞节)
Yes, we offer courses from complete Beginner level to HSK 6 (the highest level for the national standardized proficiency exam).
Before your first class, you will take a Chinese level test based on your reading, listening and speaking skills.
The level test is in two parts: the first part is a short online written evaluation, and the second part is a spoken evaluation for which we will schedule a time for you to meet with a teacher.
Your class level will be based on your test results.
We teach our courses mainly in Chinese. However, all of our Chinese teachers can speak English.
You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of your course, which will show your level of Chinese and the dates and hours for which you have studied.
Every student learns at a different speed, however you should expect to move up a level every 60 hours. From the complete beginner level, you would need 60 hours of lessons to master survival Chinese. Conversational fluency takes around a year of intensive courses.
For a comprehensive understanding of what you’ll learn after each level of courses, see our progress chart below:
|Course Level||# Hours||Total Words||You will be able to:|
|Beginner 1||60||400||Get Around|
|Pre-Intermediate 1||60||1000||Have simple dialogues|
|HSK 4 (上）||120||1600||Talk informally on any topic|
|HSK 5||240||3200||Watch TV / Read a Magazine|
|HSK 6||240||6000||Read books|
Culture Yard students learn through a communicative method of teaching. This means that classroom time is spent on using everyday situations to focus on key language skills, improving tones, and character recognition. Classroom activities reflect real life scenarios and are structured so students communicate as much as possible.
Group class students are tested every 30 hours of lessons. At the end of each group course, you will take a final exam. In order to move on to the next level of classes, students must receive a passing grade of 70% on the final exam.
Private students can request to take the test.
Yes. While our focus is on giving students the skills necessary for real life communication, our HSK level courses also cover the material on the exam, and more.
Returning students receive 500¥ off their next group course when they sign up within 3 months from their last course. We also offer referral discounts — refer a friend to study with us and you BOTH get a 200¥ voucher. For private students, the more hours you book, the bigger your discount will be.
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