Learn Mandarin Chinese with a program designed for your busy schedule. Evening classes for adults. Convenient Portland locations, mobile study tools, and excellent instructors, all make it easier for you to succeed!

Learn to Speak

Our approach is simple. We introduce the language incrementally so you learn steadily without being overwhelmed. You participate in activities that make the language easier to understand and harder to forget. And our mobile accessible materials allow you to keep learning outside of class. More about our methods

Study Anywhere

Our lessons are available on mobile devices, computers and printed workbooks. You can review lessons, listen to audio and take quizzes while riding the bus or sitting in front of a computer. These lessons are designed to study in short bursts, excellent for people with busy schedules. More about our study tools.

Beaverton and Lloyd Center

Our Beaverton classrooms are at 12755 NW Dogwood St. in Cedar Mill area. And in Portland our classrooms are now at the Lloyd Center, 3rd floor, room 2007. If you don’t find a class that fits your schedule here, consider a private Mandarin tutor.

Mandarin One
Mandarin One
Mandarin Two
Mandarin Two
Chinese One
Chinese One
Hanyu Feng 500
Hanyu Feng 500

Which class is right for me?

The table below should help give you an idea about where you might fit into our classes.

Absolute Beginner Mandarin One
Good with Pinyin Mandarin Two & Three
Starting  Characters Chinese One
Improving Reading Chinese One, Two, …
Intermediate Reading Chinese 101, 102, … , 110
Reading and Conversation Hanyu Feng 300 & 500

Register now for 2018 Spring classes

Each class meets 10 times, once a week, for for 1.5 hours. (To register: just click on the class name)

Note: “Mandarin” is our entry/beginner level

Portland Lloyd Center

Day Time Date Price Location
Hanyu Feng 300 Tue 6:30 PM 06/19/2018 $150 Portland
Mandarin One Tue 6:30 PM 06/19/2018 $150 Portland
Hanyu Feng 500 Wed 6:30 PM 06/20/2018 $150 Portland
Mandarin Three Wed 6:30 PM 06/20/2018 $150 Portland
Zánmen Jiéhūn Ba Wed 7:30 PM 06/20/2018 $150 Portland
Mandarin Two Thu 6:30 PM 06/21/2018 $150 Portland
Spoken Chinese Thu 6:30 PM 06/21/2018 $150 Portland

Beaverton Cedar Mills

Day Time Date Price Location
Mandarin Two Tue 6:30 PM 06/19/2018 $150 Beaverton
Mandarin One Wed 6:30 PM 06/20/2018 $150 Beaverton
Mandarin Three Thu 6:30 PM 06/21/2018 $150 Beaverton

Tutoring on your Terms

Not seeing the class you need? Not finding something that fits your schedule?  We can arrange a  tutor to fit your schedule and address specific needs.  See our tutoring options

What will you learn?

Mandarin 1-2-3. This beginner series will introduce you to Mandarin Chinese as it is spoken today. We start with the basics of pronunciation and sentence patterns. By the end of this series you will have solid foundation and basic conversational skills. You will learn Pinyin (the phonetic representation of the language) and leave Chinese characters for a future class.

Each class in the Beginner series includes
  • Access to 10 online lessons
  • Printed workbook of the lessons
  • Teachers who care
  • Online quizzes (excellent practice material!)
  • Lesson content slides

Here is a description of each class in the series
  • Mandarin One: In this course you will learn pronunciation, pinyin, basic grammar and something about Chinese culture. You will build a solid foundation for future study, while gaining practical language skills appropriate for everyday use in China and Taiwan. Check out a sample lesson from Mandarin One. 

  • Mandarin Two: Having mastered pinyin and simple grammar, the next step is to become more comfortable with sentences. We will explore more interesting grammar patterns, expand the vocabulary and learn how to engage native speakers in conversation. Check out a sample lesson from Mandarin Two.

  • Mandarin Three: While continuing to build vocabulary, this class will focus on conversations that frequently occur frequently when traveling in China. You will gain more confidence in conversation and deepen your understanding of modern Chinese culture. Check out a sample lesson from Mandarin Three.

Elementary Chinese This series continues our tradition of highly interactive classes and introduces Chinese characters using a variety of textbooks, starting with “Chinese for Beginners”.  Students in this level are learning to read and transitioning from sentence level comprehension to communication strategies.  

Intermediate ChineseThis series targets intermediate students with the book “Chinese With Me”.  Students in this series are advancing their reading and conversation skill in a challenging and supportive atmosphere. Lin Laoshi keeps the class engaged with activities that inspire students to push their limits.

Hanyu Feng 550 & 500 Our most popular class. Each quarter we read a short book written in Chinese characters and designed for beginning learners.  Each book is chosen from the “Chinese Breeze” series.  These books tell interesting and engaging stories using simple words.  We use class time to discuss the stories in Mandarin. This is an excellent choice for students who are interested in up-leveling their reading and speaking skills.  The level (300 or 500) is for students who are confident with the first 300 or 500 characters on the HSK scale.

Chinese Drama, Learn modern Chinese culture and language through a Chinese drama, 咱们结婚吧 (Zánmen jiéhūn ba). The show is about a left behind woman and left-behind man, who marry despite the objections of parents. This class provides vivid insights in modern language and themes. Each week the class works on one segment, practicing the sentence patterns, and discussing the content. This class is designed for novice to intermediate students, but does not require the ability to read Chinese characters.  Transcripts and translations are provided.