Learn Chinese in NYC :: Williamsburg

$325 for each 20-hour class

Our Mandarin Chinese classes are 20 hours each, usually meeting once a week for 2 hours for 10 weeks. Our Williamsburg classrooms are two blocks from the Graham Avenue L train stop.

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Fluent City teaches standard Mandarin Chinese, which is the official language of business, politics, media and culture throughout the PRC. With this in mind, pronunciation is based on standard Northern/Beijing Mandarin. Beginning in Level 1, students will learn to use pinyin, the romanized system of notation, and also begin learning to recognize Simplified characters.

Level 1

More about Level 1

Taught in English. Level 1 is for students who don’t have a clue about Mandarin and for those who maybe took a little bit before but want or need to restart at the very beginning. Level 1 coursework involves an introduction to PinYin, the sounds of Mandarin, and basic grammar and vocabulary. At the end of Level 1, students are able to make basic statements about themselves.

If you can struggle through saying things in Mandarin like: I am American, I am not Chinese, I also have two brothers, or both of us are students, then you should check the Level 2 descriptions to be sure a Level 2 class isn't more appropriate for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 1 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
May 7 - July 9
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm
July 15 - September 16

Level 2

More about Level 2

Level 2 is for those who are beginning to gain some understanding of the tones, sounds and structure of Mandarin, as well as the initial vocabulary needed for basic conversation. Level 2 students are able to read Pinyin based on the rules learned in Level 1.

Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 2 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases and questions in Mandarin such as:
I am a student.
My mother is not American.
Do you have two older sisters?
Who is that?
Do you like Chinese food?
I am busy tomorrow.
I’ll treat you to a meal on Thursday.
Do you like to watch movies?
She’s happy today.
His younger sister is pretty.
My house is small.

2) You can understand the following questions and answer them.
Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi?
Nǐ shì Zhōngguó rén ma?
Nǐ jiā yǒu jǐ kǒu rén?
Nǐ shì lǎoshī, háishi xuésheng?
Nǐ xǐhuan chī shénme cài?
Nǐ jīntiān máng bu máng?
Nǐ xiǎng bu xiǎng tiào wǔ?

3) You are familiar with the idea of tone and how it affects meaning. For example, the following chart breaks down how the Pinyin changes the meaning:

Pinyin

Meaning

mother

hemp

horse

scold

ma

question word

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 2 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Saturdays 12:30-3:00pm
April 26 - June 21
* Skips May 24

*Only a few spots left!*

Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm
July 1 - September 2

Level 3

More about Level 3

Level 3 is for those who are beginning to gain some confidence in basic Mandarin as well as the initial vocabulary needed for conversation on a limited range of topics.

Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 3 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases and questions in Mandarin such as:
My Chinese is not good.
Where is my book? - It’s over there.
I saw the movie yesterday.
What time are you going?
I invited him to dinner at 6:30. He didn’t come until 7pm.
Come have dinner at my house. If you can’t come, I will go to your house.
My younger brother is as tall as my older brother.
This book is interesting but it’s too expensive.
Do you know where my shirt is? – I gave your shirt to your mother.

2) You can understand the following questions and answer them.
Nǐ jiā dà ma?
Jiějie piàoliang háishi mèimei piàoliang?
Zuótiān wǒ méiyǒu tīng yīnyuè.
Nǐ chī fàn le ma? - Wǒ méi chī.
Nǐ jīnnián duō dà?
Tā xiě zì xiě de hěn hǎo.
Zhège diànyǐng tài yǒu yìsi le!
Tā míngtiān qī diǎn jiù děi shàng kè.
Nǐ shénme shíhou shuì jiào?
Nǐ hē le jǐ bēi shuǐ?
Tā chángcháng yìbiān chī fàn yìbiān kàn diànshì.
Wǒ yào hē kělè, tā yào hē chá.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 3 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
April 21 - June 30
* Skips May 26

*Only a few spots left!*

Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
July 14 - September 22
* Skips September 1

Level 4

More about Level 4

Level 4 is for those who are beginning to gain some confidence in basic Mandarin as well as have the vocabulary to describe more complex actions. Level 4 students can also engage in conversation on a limited range of topics, such as weather, family and ordering food in a restaurant.

Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 4 is right for you:

1. You are comfortable expressing things like:
- Basic comparisons: For example, Mr. Li runs (much faster than/not as fast as) Mr. Wang.
- The 了 structure to express the (past action/ completed action) aspect, forming sentences such as "Mr. Li bought a book, but forgot to call his wife."
- Huì to express the future.

2. You are getting comfortable using vocabulary to describe more complex ideas such as:
- A range of (direction/location) words to give directions or express clearly where an object is located.
- Complex actions, such as sending flowers to a loved one or making dinner for friends.

3. You know how and why adjectives and verbs are reduplicated.

4. You are able to say things like the following:
Today is colder than yesterday.
Yesterday it snowed. It snowed again today.
I have become tired.
What will you do next year?
I will send you a message tomorrow.
It is difficult, but it is very interesting.
He was here, I don’t know where he went.
The food is ready. Let’s eat!
I’ve been to Chinatown before. I know how to get there.

In Level 4, the teacher focuses on application of the core concepts of earlier levels, accuracy in pronunciation and confident conversation. Class will focus on complex sentence structures and building the vocabulary needed to cover a wider range of topics.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 4 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
July 14 - September 22
* Skips September 1

Level 5

More about Level 5

Level 5 is for those who are comfortable using complex sentences and holding short conversations.

Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 5 is right for you:

1) You should be able to speak about topics including doctor's appointments and dating.

2) You understand how to use 死 (sǐ), to express the extremity of a situation.

3) You understand how to use 起来 (qi lai) to express an action that is starting.

4) You understand what this structure is used for: subject + 越来越 (yuè lái yuè) + adjective

5) You can use descriptive and potential compliments to say the following in Mandarin:

We had a happy time playing. [We played. We were very happy.]
He was so happy that he ended up singing and dancing. [He was happy, and he was singing and dancing.]
Dancing is too difficult. I can’t learn it.

6) You are able to use 被 (bèi) to speak in the passive voice.

7) You understand the structures in following phrases:

Lián tā dōu lái cānjiā le nǐ jūrán méi yǒu lái.
Lián zhège zì yě bú huì xiě, nǐ zhōngwén tài chà le.
wŏ hăo jiŭ méi chī zhōngguó cài le
Shuō xia qu.

Level 5 will introduce you to a wide range of vocabulary including words for travel. Other topics covered include indefinite references, numbers over one thousand, and kinship terms.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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There are no open classes for this level at the moment. We'll be adding one soon!

Level 6

More about Level 6

Level 6 is for those who are feeling fairly comfortable holding longer conversations. In Level 6, students will continue to gain confidence and build vocabulary. 

Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 6 is right for you:

1) You know how to use the verb+ 不下(bu xia) to suggest the lack of capacity to hold something. 

2) You can use a number+ 多(duo)+ measure word+noun to indicate an approximate number.

3) You know what this sentence means: 我什么都不想喝(Wo shen me dou bu xiang he). 

4) You are comfortable using the verb+下去(xia qu) to suggest continuation of action. 

5) You have learned how to express the duration of actions as well as the duration of non-actions:

E.g., 她每天上网上一个小时(Ta mei tian shang wang shang yi ge xiao shi).
         她三天没上网了(Ta san tian mei shang wang le). 

6) You understand that the adjective+不得了(bu de liao) means extremely. 

Level 6 will cover a wide range of daily conversational topics. Chinese for business and Chinese for broadcast may also be incorporated into the class if students request that vocabulary be included.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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There are no open classes for this level at the moment. We'll be adding one soon!

Don't see the level you are looking for or a class that works for your schedule? Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter at the top of this page and we'll notify you when we add new classes!

How do I know which level I am?

Each 20-hour class is a “level” (Level 1, Level 2, etc.) and most students choose to continue on to the next level at the end. If you are an absolute beginner and/or wish to start at the very beginning, you should choose a Level 1 class. Level 2 is for students who are at least a tiny bit familiar with how the language works and have taken at least one class at some point before, even if it was a long time ago.

A Level 2 student can usually struggle through saying something like: "Hello, my name is ___, I live in Brooklyn. I have a cat. My brother is a teacher…"; but would not be able to say more complex things like "I wanted to meet up tonight, but I forgot that you aren't available."

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students that find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

If you want to go ahead and purchase the book(s) required for the course you sign up for so that you have it in time for the first class, but end up changing to a different level class that uses a different book, we are happy to buy the unused new book back from you for no more than the price listed on our website (fluentcity.com/books) for that specific book.

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