Date registered: October 20, 2013
Send philandasia a Private Message
So I've got summer break from university between June and September I want to learn Mandarin. I travelled China last summer and really liked Chengdu.
My own concern is that they don't speak Putonghua (Standard Mandarin). If I went into a shop or waiter spoke to me would they speak Putonghua (Standard Mandarin) to me?
Secondly if I want to be in China 10/11 weeks what Visa would I have to get since I will be studying privately 1 to 1 with a person or maybe a company and NOT a university. I may also be going to Hong Kong so I guess I'll need a multi entry visa.
Taking a whole year out is not possible for me.
I am a 20 year old male and have just started university in the UK. This year I went travelling around China for just over a month when I was 19 on my own. I thoroughly enjoyed. I had, had several mandarin lessons before I left so I can speak the basics however nothing major e.g. buying tickets, ordering food etc.
My summer break for university finishes beginning of June next year and I have of till september.
I would really like to delve further into learning Mandarin however I think I would have to start from beginners class again.
I would have approximately 6-8 weeks where I would like to do an average of 20 hours per week. Preferably 4 hours a day 5 days a week.
My question is where and how would the best way to do this be. I really don't want to do it in Beijing due to the pollution and there were a lot of other cities that I found much nicer. My favourite city in China is Chengdu however I don't want to learn the Sichuan dialect. I want to speak standard Mandarin.
I'm open to suggestions but don't really want to book anywhere I haven't been before in case I don't enjoy it. Shanghai is also an option.
Saying this I'm totally open for ideas and if anyone has an idea of a company or university I could do this with I'd appreciate that.
My only concern is that I will get lonely of Im in China on my own renting an apartment and having 1 to 1 tuition.