Have some free time in Jan and Feb so I am looking for a place to learn Chinese in China.
I am looking for small classes, flexibility, and about three hours a day. I have been to a school in Haikou which was great but after two winter breaks there, I would like somewhere different. My experience at a Guangzhou University was poor - with 40 students, they created only two classes, one for absolute beginners, one in immersion Chinese and hanzi only. I dropped out after two days and went to a private class.
So my ideal place offers accommodation, flexible classes, and an interesting place to stay. I have a place in Harbin in mind but any suggestions?
Why a language school?
I will go to class three hours a day every day for a month with few distractions. I will be away from my usual places and friends so will have to establish new habits – hopefullly with study in the afternoons. Being in a class for me is motivation – a bit like going on a run with friends rather than jogging by yourself.
I also get a chance to meet new people with common interests and to travel to a different part of China. I will even get better weather – I have booked Hainan . Finally the cost of all of this, including a short flight, makes it very affordable.
I will be using language tutors here to get me up to speed, perhaps during the course as well to practise and help prepare for the class. One tool amongst many.
Sure there are many ways to learn - to each their own. I keep hoping this blast of language will enable me to become an everyday speaker.
@kraut9 - it's unlikely you'll achieve a decent level in conversation without a whole lot of conversing, so I don't understand your negative comment about language exchange.
I am wondering why not just find some partners or teacher here and learn Chinese online?
By doing so you need not take such a long flight as well as avoid lots of other troubles.
In addtion, I suspect that 2 monthes' Chinese learning even having conversation in a manner of face to face could make your Chinese improve a lot, and even if you would get large improvement in these 2 monthes, what are you going to do to continue your language study after you come back to where are were.
P.S. I'd like to provide some information if you could come during Jan to Feb. In these two monthes, it is coldest time in north and central China, and most teachers and students should be having winter holidays then, so if you would come you need make some appiontment with schools or teachers.
diamond777. language exchange will most likely not result in quality learning.
I actually prefer private lessons, as far as that goes.