Where can I find an evening Chinese class or teacher/mentor in Los Angeles?
January 6, 2012 3:33 PM   Subscribe

Where can I find an evening Chinese class or teacher/mentor in Los Angeles?

I grew up speaking Cantonese and I took several years of Chinese school growing up, but now I barely use it so I've lost most of it. Now I want to be a little bit more serious about learning Chinese again, probably Mandarin this time around.
I don't think a community college / university schedule fits me very well, so some sort of facility would be more appropriate for my situation. But ideally I'm thinking it would be cool to find a reputable teacher or mentor that can tailor a course of study for me somewhere in the LA area (the west side would be best). If anyone has any suggestions or places where I can find an evening class / tutor, that would be awesome. Thanks!
posted by xtine to Education (4 answers total)
 
Have you considered an online tutor using Skype or the like?
posted by barnacle fan at 6:22 PM on January 6, 2012


You can post an ad on Craig's list or post in the CSSA (Chinese Scholars and Students Association) forums of UCLA and USC. You can Google for the URL. You don't have to be a CSSA member to post there. You might even get the lessons for free because a Chinese student want to exchange language lessons.
posted by wcmf at 7:23 PM on January 6, 2012


There are a ton of language-specific meetup groups, which are for people who want an opportunity to practice the language. Join a couple, go to a couple of meetings, and ask around there. I'm sure you could find someone interested in tutoring, or someone who has another friend who is interested.

Also agree with wcmf's suggestions above.
posted by vignettist at 3:15 AM on January 7, 2012


Seconding the language exchange idea, perhaps a simple CL ad would work, it is worth a shot. Or a hand-printed flyer / ad posted in a chinese grocery store (haven't lived in WLA for some time, but why not at the 99 Ranch Market if you frequent one?)

Way back in the day I took Mandarin at Santa Monica City College, and they had a convenient Saturday schedule. Looking up their website it's comical that there's nothing online, just a PDF. Anyway the courses were well done, met a lot of interesting people, and may provide the structure / discipline of a 'course of study' that you may prefer instead.
posted by scooterdog at 1:27 PM on January 7, 2012


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