Learn Chinese at your own pace.
Can’t take classes in person? Not to worry! Culture Yard also offers online Chinese class. The same fun, informative classes via WeChat.
Take your Chinese to the next level with online 1-on-1 Mandarin lessons. With flexible scheduling, our experienced teachers are all native Chinese speakers who will work with you to adapt your lessons to your language-learning needs.
What You’ll Learn
Lessons will follow proven Chinese textbooks, with class time focused on speaking and listening to get you communicating in Chinese right away. You will also enjoy personal attention to help you focus on the key skills you want to improve. Classes are naturally engaging and fast-paced, and you can work with your teacher to adjust the speed and content to how you would like to learn.
How Does It Work?
You will meet with your teacher via WeChat Videocall. Your teacher will also use WeChat to send you exercises and homework assignments.
Where Do I Start?
Not a complete beginner? Take our free language evaluation!
The evaluation is in two parts: the first part is a short online test to evaluate your reading and writing abilities, and the second is a spoken evaluation for which you’ll spend 20 minutes speaking with a teacher. (This part can also be done via phone or WeChat call.)
Click here to complete our online evaluation now. Once we receive your results, we will contact you to set a time to speak with a teacher.
Want to learn the basics quickly? Take a private online Chinese course for Survival Chinese! This 10-hour online course will give you the skills you need for navigating daily life in Chinese.
Topics include pinyin/pronunciation, making small talk, ordering food, shopping, and getting around.
Private classes are booked by number of hours of study. Prices range from $23-35USD per hour, depending on the number of hours you book. The more hours you book, the lesser the hourly rate. See the pricing table below, or click here to see all our pricing options.
35USD/hour (1-10 hours)
32USD/hour (11-30 hours)
29USD/hour (31-50 hours)
26USD/hour (51-100 hours)
23USD/hour (101+ hours)
Private classes are taught following the CY curriculum of general Mandarin Chinese. For customized classes, we charge an extra 50¥ ($8USD) per hour.
Every school hour is 50 minutes / The whole sum must be paid in advance
Changes or cancellations must be made at least 2 working days in advance
Find out the answers to some commonly asked questions
Our school hours are 9:00-21:00. If you have questions about classes or just want to stop in for a chat, our office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 13:00, and Tuesday and Wednesdays 18:00-20:00. You can also set an appointment via email or WeChat.
Culture Yard is closed during Chinese public holidays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
In 2019, we will be closed:
December 30 – January 1 (New Year 元旦节)
February 4 – 10 (Chinese New Year 春节)
April 5 – 7 (Tomb Sweeping Festival 清明节)
April 29 – May 1 (Labor Day 劳动节)
June 7 – 9 (Dragon Boat Festival 端午节)
September 13 – 15 (Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节)
October 1 – 7 (National Day Holiday 国庆节)
December 25 (Christmas Day 圣诞节)
Yes, we offer courses from complete Beginner level to HSK 6 (the highest level for the national standardized proficiency exam).
Before your first class, you will take a Chinese level test based on your reading, listening and speaking skills.
The level test is in two parts: the first part is a short online written evaluation, and the second part is a spoken evaluation for which we will schedule a time for you to meet with a teacher.
Your class level will be based on your test results.
We teach our courses mainly in Chinese. However, all of our Chinese teachers can speak English.
You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of your course, which will show your level of Chinese and the dates and hours for which you have studied.
Every student learns at a different speed, however you should expect to move up a level every 60 hours. From the complete beginner level, you would need 60 hours of lessons to master survival Chinese. Conversational fluency takes around a year of intensive courses.
For a comprehensive understanding of what you’ll learn after each level of courses, see our progress chart below:
|Course Level||# Hours||Total Words||You will be able to:|
|Beginner 1||60||400||Get Around|
|Pre-Intermediate 1||60||1000||Have simple dialogues|
|HSK 4 (上）||120||1600||Talk informally on any topic|
|HSK 4 (下）||120||1900|
|HSK 5||240||3200||Watch TV / Read a Magazine|
|HSK 6||240||6000||Read books|
Culture Yard students learn through a communicative method of teaching. This means that classroom time is spent on using everyday situations to focus on key language skills, improving tones, and character recognition. Classroom activities reflect real life scenarios and are structured so students communicate as much as possible.
Group class students are tested every 30 hours of lessons. At the end of each group course, you will take a final exam. In order to move on to the next level of classes, students must receive a passing grade of 70% on the final exam.
Private students can request to take the test.
Yes. While our focus is on giving students the skills necessary for real life communication, our HSK level courses also cover the material on the exam, and more.
Returning students receive 500¥ off their next group course when they sign up within 3 months from their last course. We also offer referral discounts — refer a friend to study with us and you BOTH get a 200¥ voucher. For private students, the more hours you book, the bigger your discount will be.
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