Learning Chinese in China

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1. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


I'm thinking of going to Xian, China to learn chinese. Has anyone been there or any other parts of China to learn chinese? Any comments or suggestions on it?


2. Posted by ash2 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I havnt been to Xi'an yet, but next month I'll be visiting. My friends have been there and they dont recommend it for anything over than passing through. They say its a bit dirty and polluted. Ive been in Qingdao for the last two years working, before that I was in Dalian. Both are great, clean (well, clean for china) cities. Lots of people study chinese here!

3. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi, thanks for your quick reply. The places you mention sounds interesting. I'm still open to learn Chinese in any city/town actually. I picked Xian intially because it was recommended by a friend who goes there for business.

Whats the cost of living for a month in Dalian and Qingdao? What's the population there like? If it's crowded like Beijing, then I'm afraid I'm not too keen on it. Know of any language schools there?

Thanks for your help.


4. Posted by orienteyec (Full Member 84 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

BEIJING is absolutely metropolitan. And it is the best place to learn Chinese. If you are not OK about the dense population, there are many many place to escape the chaos in Beijing. Chinese language is not like English, people from different English-speaking counties can understand each other. However, ther than Beijing people, Chinese hardly speak standard Chinese( the common speech) properly. And Xi'an, Qindao, Dalian( both are gorgeous, modern, and not very populated coastal cities), people happen to have the most funny dialects which are frequently made fun of on TV. So...Again..if you are serious with the language learning, the best place to go is Beijing.

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6. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi orienteyec,

thanks for your reply. you've more or less convinced me to go to beijing instead. do you have any idea of the cost of living there ie. accomodation, food, etc? How much would I need for a month? BTW, any opinions about shanghai?


7. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I can`t understand why ur friend recommend Xi`an to learn Chinese. People there don`t speak standard Chinese. Dense population is a problem you`ll have to face in almost every big city in China. Orienteyec is very right there that Chinese is actually very various and every city has its own accent. Dalian, Qingdao and Shanghai have their own dialects also. Shanghai is definitely the best developed city in China, but Beijing may attract you with its cultural atmosphere. Well, it can be much cheaper to live in other cities, but you don`t need to spend too much in Beijing as well. Beijing`s accomodation can be very expensive,but you don`t have to live in the uptown. Ur living cost is all up to ur choice. A Korean friend of mine who studies in BJ rents a studio at the cost of 2000RMB/month(less than 300 US$), the studio is all right.So I guess it should be well acceptable to you. ;)

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

15.12.2004 Learning Chinese


I teach English at a university in Kunming, southern China. I know that various universities around Kunming teach Chinese to foreigners. It seems like some can also offer cheap accommodation as well.

It's quite likely that the same applies in Xian. You can enter China on a tourist visa, and later should be able to get the university to help you get a student visa.

Good luck :)

9. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


Thanks for all your replies. I have decided to go to Beijing for a month in february. This way, I can experience the Chinese New Year celebrations as well. Are there any recommendations on hostels or short-term rooms to let in Beijing and how much is the price? I understand I can live comfortably in Beijing for £200 pounds a month. Is this correct? Any recommendations for language schools as well? I don't mind doing some volunteer work for the month if I can't find a cheap school to enrol in. This way, I get to mingle with the locals and pick up some chinese. I already know a little chinese to get me by but would like to improve. Once again, thanks for all your replies...


10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi JohnnyBoy,

The Far East International Youth Hostel in Beijing offers bunks in 4 bed dorms for 60 yuan ($US7.50) per night. Its Chinese name is The Yuandong Fandian. You can give the phone number 6301 8811 to the taxi driver (most of them have cell phones), so he'll know where to take you.

The Lonely Planet Guide book recommends this place. I've stayed a couple of times. Its very clean, friendly and close to Tiananmen Square.