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Short/Brief Chinese Classes

Postby MK2 » 18 Nov 2010, 06:22

Is there anywhere in Taipei City, or Taipei County where I can take Chinese classes that are 1-2 weeks long?

I'm only in Taiwan for a short period of time, but would like to take some beginner Chinese classes if possible.
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Re: Short/Brief Chinese Classes

Postby ironlady » 19 Nov 2010, 23:27

You mean something like a 10-hour course that would give you a grasp of the basics you need to communicate, without reading and writing?
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Re: Short/Brief Chinese Classes

Postby MK2 » 23 Nov 2010, 08:56

ironlady wrote:You mean something like a 10-hour course that would give you a grasp of the basics you need to communicate, without reading and writing?


Yeah - just basic conversational Chinese. I know this short term class is a drop in the bucket when it comes to learning Chinese. I just want to get a feel for what taking a Chinese class in Taiwan is like while I'm on vacation there.

I have an okay grasp on a lot of the basics - so this won't be my first Chinese class ever. I wouldn't mind taking the same material again if it was in Taiwan.
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Re: Short/Brief Chinese Classes

Postby nancyxu » 23 Nov 2010, 13:00

Hi MK2, a Chinese phrase book may help you with your Chinese learning. It includes many daily words and expressions. What's more, it is talking! You can correct your pronunciation anywhere and anytime.
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Re: Short/Brief Chinese Classes

Postby Dr. McCoy » 23 Nov 2010, 13:12

You can try the community center.
http://www.community.com.tw/detail.php?id=1939&heading= - Programs: Survival Chinese 1
Program Survival Chinese 1
Description Would you like to be able to communicate with shopkeepers, taxi drivers and co-workers? Then this class is for you. Learn spoken Mandarin in a relaxed and informal environment right here at the Community Services Center. Instructor: Gloria Gwo. NT$4200. 12 sessions. Meet @ The Center
Time 9:00 am - 10:20 am
Contact csc@community.com.tw
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Re: Short/Brief Chinese Classes

Postby MK2 » 26 Nov 2010, 02:07

Dr. McCoy wrote:You can try the community center.
http://www.community.com.tw/detail.php?id=1939&heading= - Programs: Survival Chinese 1
Program Survival Chinese 1
Description Would you like to be able to communicate with shopkeepers, taxi drivers and co-workers? Then this class is for you. Learn spoken Mandarin in a relaxed and informal environment right here at the Community Services Center. Instructor: Gloria Gwo. NT$4200. 12 sessions. Meet @ The Center
Time 9:00 am - 10:20 am
Contact csc@community.com.tw


Cool - Thanks a lot for finding this. I will check some of the community centers.
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Re: Short/Brief Chinese Classes

Postby ironlady » 26 Nov 2010, 09:09

TLI will organize a short-term class for you if what you're looking for is the "experience of a language class" rather than a comprehensively designed intensive course. They are actually getting more flexible, rather than less, as long as you are doing 1-on-1 lessons and don't need a visa from them.
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Re: Short/Brief Chinese Classes

Postby Mother Theresa » 26 Nov 2010, 09:17

ironlady wrote:You mean something like a 10-hour course that would give you a grasp of the basics you need to communicate, without reading and writing?


10 HOUR course for basic communication without reading and writing?

Damn, I signed up for the 10 YEAR course. :doh:
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Re: Short/Brief Chinese Classes

Postby DurianGris » 22 Dec 2010, 15:46

Hi there,

I'm in a very similar case as MK2: I'm on vacation for less than a month, have a lot of free time and want to take the opportunity to improve my Chinese.
But I am a bit more advanced than "survival chinese", I came to Shi-Da's MTC few years ago and was on the book #4.

Do you know any place where I could take classes for short term? Schools like Shi-Da don't take students for only few weeks.

Thanks
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Re: Short/Brief Chinese Classes

Postby tsukinodeynatsu » 22 Dec 2010, 17:48

They DO take students only for a few weeks now, providing you're doing 1-to-1 and give them enough notice...

You can try asking to just join in their small group classes, they might let you join for a few weeks (less likely).

Don't know anywhere else though... sorry :(
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