Language School/Summer Program in China
May 2, 2005 11:04 AM Subscribe
I'm interested in going to China next summer (summer 2006), and have been looking for language school/summer programs.
posted by jare2003 to Travel & Transportation around China (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in going to China next summer (summer 2006), and have been looking for programs. I want to be in a major city, get really immersed in the culture, not be hanging out with a lot of Americans, and learn some Mandarin. If possible, i'd like it to be fairly low cost. (i want to be abroad too - this cuts out programs like Middlebury or Cornell's summer programs)
I'd like to go to Shanghai or Beijing or another huge city, somewhere where I couldnt get by with English. Searching the internet, I've found a bewildering number of options, ranging from really expensive tour programs, to teaching english and actually getting paid to be there while also learning Chinese. Programs for foreigners directly through Chinese universities seem to be a lot cheaper than programs based out of America. Does anyone have ideas on how to evaluate different programs? A lot of books seem to not really have much, other than listing options, and program options seem to change all the time.
Second: I speak no Chinese, apart from a few Cantonese words waaaay back from my youth. I'm going to try to build up the basics over this summer and over next year. I can't take my university's intro chinese (it's 11 hours a week and 6 credits), because I transferred here and i dont have enough credit space. I'm going to try to use a combo of books, Pimseler, and finding a language partner to work with. Any other suggestions for picking it up? Books, methods, etc?