Standard Chinese Course

Omeida Chinese Academy offers a Standard Chinese course package, tailored to suit your needs. Are you looking for the perfect place to learn Chinese in China? Look no further! 

A productive way to spend time abroad

I'm guessing you are a traveler, a digital nomad or someone that's hungry for adventure? You are in an age where you love learning about new cultures and meeting new people!

 

Perhaps you are teaching English in China, you want to strike up a conversation with the locals, tell a taxi-driver where you need to go, buy medicine, or tell the chef you are a vegetarian? Only problem, You can't speak enough. Sound about right?

We consider your needs

If you have an interest in learning Chinese as a second language, this course is geared towards you. Half-day Chinese classes provide an adequate amount of language to learn and practice through the day, while still allowing plenty of time to roam and explore Yangshuo.

 

Optional afternoon culture classes are also included with this course option. Come and immerse yourself in culture and language with our exciting Standard Chinese Plus!

Foundation

Standard

15 Chinese Lessons / Week

What does the Standard Course entail?

At Omeida we provide you with a Standard Chinese study course. We teach you the four fundamental aspects of listening, speaking, reading and writing of pinyin and Simplified Chinese characters while helping you focus more on practicing conversations. These skills are integrated and taught simultaneously.

As a student, you will have three, 45-minute long Chinese language lessons per day. That is a total of 15 lessons a week.

The day is divided into 3 classes either in the morning from 9:25-12 noon or from 2-4:35pm. The curriculum is a set program covering the basics of the Mandarin language.

Optional Addition 1

Tai Chi

15 Chinese Lessons
+ 10 Tai Chi Classes / Week

What does the Tai Chi course entail?

Our Tai Chi & Standard Chinese Program is a very exciting course that allows you to be fully immersed in Chinese Culture. This program offers you the opportunity to practice Tai Chi in a traditional Tai Chi school either in the morning or afternoon. The other half of day will be spent learning Chinese at Omeida Chinese Academy. Tai Chi is one of the most effective ways to develop healthy mind and body.

 

In the language department, we teach you the four fundamental aspects of listening, speaking, reading and writing of Pinyin and Simplified Chinese characters while helping you focus more on practicing conversations. These skills are integrated and taught simultaneously.

 

As a student, you will have three, 45-minute long Chinese language lessons per day. That is a total of 15 lessons a week. Monday to Friday

The day is divided into 3 classes either in the morning from 9:25-12 noon or in the afternoon from 2-4:35pm. The other session will be devoted to 2 hours of Tai Chi. The curriculum is a set program covering the basics of the Mandarin language.

Your course can begin on any Monday, at any time of the year.

Optional Addition 2

Calligraphy

15 Chinese Lessons
+ 10 Calligraphy Classes / Week

What does the Calligraphy course entail?

If you want to learn how to write Chinese, our Calligraphy & Chinese Program is a course that allows you to be tap into Chinese Culture on a different level. This program offers you the opportunity to a new skill, in the form of a traditional Chinese art either in the morning or afternoon. The other half of day will be spent learning Chinese at Omeida Chinese Academy.

 

In the language department, we teach you the four fundamental aspects of listening, speaking, reading and writing of Pinyin and Simplified Chinese characters while helping you focus more on practicing conversations. These skills are integrated and taught simultaneously.

 

As a student, you will have three, 45-minute long Chinese language lessons per day. That is a total of 15 lessons a week.

The day is divided into 3 classes either in the morning from 9:25-12 noon or in the afternoon from 2-4:35pm. The other session will be divided into two 45 minute sessions of Calligraphy.

The curriculum is a set program covering the basics of the Mandarin language.

Your course can begin on any Monday, at any time of the year.

How many students are in one class?

In the Standard Chinese course we offer small classes of 2-4 students. Maximum six students in peak seasons.

This adds value to your time and will ensure you get the quality attention you need! You will have an interactive and engaging learning environment, designed to maximize your speaking opportunities.

Who will be my teacher?

Chinese Lessons: We only allow fully qualified teachers with degrees in teaching Chinese as a foreign language to guide you. All our teachers have prior experience in teaching in order to help you learn Standard Chinese in China. The key difference between us and other schools is that we guarantee that a professional teacher will teach you and not just a native speaker. Our staff are professionally trained in how to break-down the course content into easy-to-remember segments, therefore, the course will suit all skill levels, ages, and learning types. We do this to ensure you make rapid improvement and enjoy your classes at Omeida!

 

Tai Chi: Our nearby partner school, Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School, is run by 2 masters of Tai Chi who live at the school. They are equipped to teach you in both English and Chinese, and teach beginner to advanced levels.

 

Calligraphy: One of our trained calligraphist teachers will guide you in 1-on-1 or small group setting to help you master your form.

 

 

What teaching methods do you use?

Our highly qualified teachers incorporate Western teaching methods. They use resources including textbooks, videos, audio recordings and games to make sure you enjoy learning Mandarin. This differs from other colleges where you may have to deal with large classes and course content which focuses on memorization and repetition. We ensure that you will learn quickly, so you can enjoy the difference at Omeida!

How do you determine my Mandarin level?

We will place you in a class with other students at a similar level anywhere from beginner to proficient.
A placement test is given before starting your course in order to make sure you are placed at the correct level.

We will arrange your placement test at a convenient time for you, (usually via Skype) about one week before your arrival. Your teacher will then regularly evaluate your progress and may periodically move you up to a new level.

What are the requirements to apply?

 You don’t need to be able to speak Chinese before you come, also no previous experience or qualifications necessary!

This Standard Chinese Course is open to anyone who is independent enough to take care of themselves in a different country. However, we require that if you are below the age of 12 you need an adult to accompany you.

What is the cost of the course?
    • We take into consideration that you have very specific needs, therefore, the fees will vary depending on the duration and the course load. We provide a unique course calculation to determine your costs.
   
  • We recommend a minimum of four weeks to be a good time frame four you, however, we do offer shorter course times if you are limited for time.
Look at all the benefits you get when you enroll for the all inclusive Standard Chinese Course!

Accommodation

Shared Twins Bedroom with a native Chinese roommate, so you can practice as much as possible out of class & make friends easily.
2-5 minute walk from school.
Rooms include:

  • bedding/blankets
  • 24hr hot water
  • air-conditioning/heating
  • internet access
  • free use of washing machine

View photos of the accommodation.
Alternatively a private room is available
100-250RMB extra per week

 

Meals

At Omeida we have a canteen where all the students enjoy a meal together. You will be invited to this as it is traditional for everyone to sit together at meal times.

 

We serve authentic Chinese meals from Monday to Friday, Including vegetables, meat, rice and soup. Lunch is at 12pm and dinner is at 6pm. Alternatively, there are also many Western restaurants to choose from nearby in Yangshuo!

 

View the Chinese cuisine options.

Textbooks

We will provide you with any tool necessary to achieve your study goals. This includes textbooks and learning materials.

 

The textbooks we provide you contain all the content we cover in class. You can keep the books afterwards so you can revise what you have learned.

 

This ensures you can gain confidence as well as peace of mind.

Language Partner

We offer you the amazing language partner service so you can practice your Mandarin after class (5:00-6:00 pm on weeknights). We offer this service at no extra cost to you, totally for free!

 

Language partner is usually arranged on the first Monday or Tuesday after arrival. Your language partner can show you around town to places such as the supermarket and West Street so that you know where to buy all the necessities. SIM card, dumplings, toilet paper etc.

 

A great way to immerse yourself in the culture right away!

Cultural Immersion

Twice a month, On Wednesday nights we have a very exciting Cultural Class, hosted by a different guest speaker every time. You will have the chance to learn about Chinese traditions or try some incredible food variations, calligraphy painting, traditional Chinese musical instruments, Tai Chi.

 

On Thursday evenings we have a social night where we connect with the students at the English school, we take part in events like BBQ, cocktails nights, competitions, and games.

 

On Saturdays, we arrange fantastic outdoor trips to places like the tea plantations, sunrise viewpoints or rice fields!

View the Student activities.

 

Support

This course includes full Visa assistance to make the Visa process as smooth as syrup!

 

We are here to support any needs you may have. From arranging transport to helping you wash laundry and directing you to the bank.

 

The staff at Omeida are all fluent in English so you won't feel misunderstood. We believe there is no such thing as a stupid question, so if you have anything you are unsure about take a look at our FAQ page or feel free to ask! We love hearing from you!

We understand you are coming to Yangshuo to experience Chinese Culture, So we are offering you these four experience classes to choose from that you can add to your standard package!

Music

Learn typical Chinese musical instruments (Erhu, Hulusi, Paiban, etc.)!

This course can be tailored to your interests and might include the history of Chinese Music, the significance of various instruments, the eight tones, Beijing Opera and how to hold each instrument.

Climbing

Yangshuo is the climbing mecca of China, made famous by popular crags like Moon Hill and The Egg, which are a stone's throw from Omeida.

The natural Karsts are an incredible source of inspiration for climbers. We will teach you ropework and efficient ways of climbing the wall.

Cooking

You will learn typical Chinese dishes in a reputable cooking school cooperate with Omeida in Yangshuo. This course includes going to the local market, traditional food preparation, learning to cook 6 different dishes, and enjoying the dishes you cooked. Menu includes beer fish, Kungpao chicken, stuffed vegetables, eggplant, etc.

Painting

To the artists within you! Enjoy learning about the history of Chinese art, which often depicts birds, bamboo, lotus flowers and koi-fish.

You will learn how to use a brush and ink to paint traditional Chinese paintings and tips and pointers for improving your technique.

What does a typical day at Omeida Chinese Academy look like?

08.00 to 08.45Breakfast on own accord, near school
09.25 to 12.00Chinese lessons or your own free time
12.00 to 12.30Lunch in school
12.30 to 13.45Break time
14.00 to 16.35Chinese lessons or your own free time
17.00 to 18.00Language partner / Wednesday nights: Culture Class
18.00 to 19.00Dinner at school
19.00 to 21.00 Thursday nights: Social activity, e.g. BBQ
Other times you can use the students lounge to do self study, hang out or watch movies.

Questions?

If you have any questions be sure to check out our FAQ page or feel free to send us your question.

An opportunity to volunteer!

Help others, help yourself! We require that the volunteers provide some sort of regular service for the school. This is an opportunity to serve the community or showcase some of your talents and skills. The volunteer option provides students with the same all-inclusive package, except volunteers receive a discount on tuition costs and are completely exempt from the standard housing costs.


Click here for information about our Volunteer program.

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