Learn Mandarin Chinese with a program designed for your busy schedule. Evening school 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. More about our methods

Study Anywhere

Our mobile accessible materials allow you to keep learning between classes. Review lessons, listen to audio and take quizzes while riding the bus or lounging at home. The courseware is designed for people with busy schedules. More about our study tools.

Online Courses with Zoom

Due to the pandemic, we will be offering our courses online with Zoom. We’ve been using it for a couple months and it works well. Zoom is free and it runs in your browser. No setup required. If you don’t find a class that fits your schedule, consider a private Mandarin tutor.

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

Start of Winter classes begins in the first week of January.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, our Winter classes will all be online. Each course meets 10 times, once a week, for for 1.5 hours. (To register: just click on the name of the class)

Note: Mandarin classes are for beginners, Chinese classes are for advanced students. Mandarin classes do not require you to learn Chinese characters (汉字), Chinese classes do.

Online Courses

Courses Day Time Date Price Location
Chinese Three Mon 6:30 PM 01/04/2021 $150 Online
Chinese Two Tue 6:30 PM 01/05/2021 $150 Online
Hanyu Feng 300 Tue 6:30 PM 01/05/2021 $150 Online
Mandarin Two Tue 6:30 PM 01/05/2021 $150 Online
Chinese Study Group Tue 7:00 PM 01/05/2021 $150 Online
Chinese Four Wed 6:30 PM 01/06/2021 $150 Online
Mandarin Three Wed 6:30 PM 01/06/2021 $150 Online
Hanyu Feng 1100 Thu 6:30 PM 01/07/2021 $150 Online
Mandarin One Thu 6:30 PM 01/07/2021 $150 Online

Tutoring on your Terms

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

Mandarin Courses Customized for English Speakers

Mandarin One, Two & Three. These introductory classes will introduce you to Mandarin Chinese as it is spoken in Modern China. 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. These 3 course use Pinyin only (the phonetic representation of the language) and leave Chinese characters for a future class.

Each Mandarin course includes …
  • Online course materials
  • Printed course materials
  • Teachers who leverage your talents
  • Online quizzes and flashcards
  • Presentation slides make it easier to grasp

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.