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Chinese 1

We get it, you don’t know anything more than “nĭ hăo” and “xièxie,” or maybe you’ve taken a decade off. Either way, you’re ready for that all to change by learning Mandarin in Chinese 1. This class is perfect for you if you're completely new to the language and want to get the basics down to start speaking conversational Chinese.

NEXT CHINESE 1 START DATE

July 7, 2020. See all start dates

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From $399

BEGINNER COURSE

Meet once a week for 2 hours. 10 sessions in total.

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AN IMMERSIVE GROUP CLASS

Our Group Classes are small, social, and interactive - averaging around ten students per class. This setting allows for ample speaking and instructor time to learn your next language.
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Consistency is Key

Each class meets at the same time for 10 weeks - creating consistency in your language learning.

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Experiential and Effective

We believe in hands-on learning, rather than getting lost in a textbook or sucked into perfection of grammar.

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Passionate Instructors

We exclusively hire instructors with a conversation based and student-centered approach to teaching, providing the best in-class experience.

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Conversation First

Speaking is at the heart of all of our classes, and in an immersive setting, you’ll get even more opportunity to practice critical speaking and listening skills.

The Fluent City curriculum is great. They provide a very logical progression to learning a language that makes it easier.
- Anthony C, Albany, NY

Here's what to expect

Step 1

THE NITTY GRITTY

Basics of reading and writing pinyin. Chinese tones and word order. Question formation. Chinese numbers, dates, and times. Measurement and particles.

Step 2

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO

Introduce yourself, talk about your family & what you do in your free time, and make plans.

Step 3

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Nothing! Because this course is designed for complete beginners, you'll be ready to join even if you've never spoken a word of Chinese in your life.

Step 4

NERVOUS? DON'T BE

From day one, you'll be engaging in conversation with your instructor and your classmates. This will prepare you to feel confident and comfortable when speaking with natives.

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All times listed in Eastern Time

Chinese 1 is a course that meets once per week with a total of 10 sessions.

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July 7th

Ends September 8th

Teacher

Minwei

Tuesday

7 - 9PM

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$399

Minwei is an expert teacher excited for you to join the FC learners' community

About the Teacher

Born in China and raised in Iowa, Minwei has been switching between English and Chinese since she was little and has always been passionate about languages and linguistics. Minwei was a Chinese teaching assistant during college at Williams College and also spent a few weeks teaching English in China. In the evenings when not teaching with Fluent City she can be found at the boxing gym, arranging flowers, catching up on a book, or trying to learn new languages herself. She's currently studying French and Japanese and loves the Fluent City community for its active exchange of languages, ideas, and new learnings! If you take a class with her, she'll likely try to arrange class outings and dinners because her Fluent City students have become some of her best friends in the city!

What students are saying
Minwei is AMAZING! I love her teaching methods. She is super helpful and I hope I get her for Chinese 2!!!

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We love questions, almost as much as we love providing answers. Here are a few samplings of what we're typically asked, along with our responses

Do you hold classes on holidays?

We know our students and teachers probably have holiday plans, so we do not hold classes on holidays. The full list of our skip dates is New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and a holiday break between Christmas and New Years.

Can I cancel my enrollment or transfer to another level?

Plans change—we get it. You have until 7 days before the start date of your Group Course to make any cancelations or same-level transfers. After that, there are no refunds under any circumstance. During the first 2 weeks of class, however, if you feel your level isn't the right fit, reach out to [email protected], and we will transfer you to a better fit, free of charge!

What happens if I miss a class?

Most students do miss a class, or two, and we’re here to help ensure that you won’t fall behind despite any missed classes. We’ve set up our curriculum to make lessons easy to follow along outside of class, and your teacher will reach out to your group each week with a summary of materials, topics, and homework covered in-class.

How many times do you group classes meet?

All of our group classes meet for a total of 20 hours of live instruction. Some courses meet 2 hours once a week for 10 sessions, while others meet 1 hour twice a week for a total of 20 sessions.

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