Studying Mandarin in China?

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1. Posted by songsengim (Budding Member 8 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone.

I'm in the area and I'm dead keen to learn the chinese mandarin language - of course, the only place to learn a language is in the country it is spoken and from a native speaker. I'm in Korea at the moment and progessing with this language, apparently chinese is fairly similar in structure.
Anyway my question is has anyone studied mandarin in china? I've looked over a few sites/universities on the web but all the courses seem ridiculously expensive. Is this how it is?
Any info or advice on this subject - much appreciated!
Bye for now,

2. Posted by tarnly (Budding Member 6 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Ni hao,

glad to know that you wanna learn Mandarin , I graduated from uni. with a degree in Mandarin

i'm quite not sure wheter my info's useful or not but i wanna tell you that if you wanna go further ur study there, Beijing or Shanghai maybe cost u too much money

my friend's studying in Tianjin, (not too far away from Beijing,right?) she tells me that the cost of living's not too expensive and everything's quite o.k. (such as Chinese courses, uni., etc.)

good luck ;)

3. Posted by aisling (Budding Member 4 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I am currently studying Mandarin in Shanghai. As far as I am aware, most universities in Beijing and Shanghai are roughly one thousand US dollars a semester.

Even though I love Shanghai, I think there are better environments to study in (Shanghai has its own very strong dialect), smaller cities such as Nanjing, which is only three hours from Shanghai with a very large foreign student population. The cost of living is also cheaper, as university tuition may well be!

Good luck


ps - Even though university tuition is a bit pricy, If my university (Shanghai Normal Teachers University) is anything to go by the courses are very comprehensive, and in my opinion, great value for money.

pps - If you can speak a high standard of English, English teaching is very well paid (especially in Shanghai), and can help subsidise your expenses

4. Posted by bixugood (Budding Member 2 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

hi,why not visit (,and you will find very useful information on studying Chinese in China.

5. Posted by Ben-niu (Budding Member 2 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!


Why not try Shenyang.

Shenyang is a very big city in Northeast China.

I live here

You can find a good quality and cheap price university here.

Also live in Shenyang won't be cost you too much money;)

6. Posted by haemustroy (Budding Member 13 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

hey jonhoff,

I am planning a study abroad program with my current university. I am planning on studing for a semester in Beijing at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. I will be learning the language there as well. Try pricing there. I have heard it is reasonably priced. I don't know because that is the only school my program offers, so i haven't shopped around at all. My trip is planned for the fall of '04 starting in Sep. through Nov.
But after 7 weeks in China I will go to Japan and study there, hopefully learning some japanese as well. It is 15 weeks of the far and ancient orient. I can't wait.

This is my first overseas adventure so I could really use as much help on the subject. Although it is a group and student supervised program, I plan to spend as much of my free time traveling and taking in the sights.

Have fun

7. Posted by lobaloba (Budding Member 6 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


I think language exchange is one of the best way to learn a foreign language. I'm looking for an English-speaking people for language exchange. I live in Beijing and my Mandarin is quite good. When I was in the university, I majored in English.
I'm interested in culture exchange. If you need any help in China, please feel free to contact me.


8. Posted by terminator (Budding Member 7 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Anyone want to come to Hunan University and study mandarin?????I can contract the college Language and ask them the prize....My school is very good in the south China...The hometown of Maozedong...
Beautiful view and Beautiful girls,,haha.
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9. Posted by Eastdragon (Budding Member 3 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

undoubtedly it would be a good method to find a part time job there to expand your social area, practising your mandarine is definately an unreplacable approach to master this language, forget your mother language temprarily would help lot

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