Learning To Speak Mandarin Chinese

Where to study?

Learning Chinese is definitely something that will make your stay in Taiwan more enjoyable. Being able to speak a little Chinese really makes life a lot easier here and gives you a great deal more independence. If you have decided to take the leap and learn Chinese there are a number of schools that you can choose from in Taiwan depending on where you are living. Each school has it's own merits so you may want to check with some of your friends who are currently studying Chinese or talk to some of the students who are studying at that school.

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Taipei Language Institute

Click a School below to read more about each school.

Free Scholarships in Taiwan-

 

North Taiwan

Chung Hua University and CLD Language Center

National Taiwan Normal University - Mandarin Training Center

Taipei Mandarin Learning Center 

 

Central Taiwan

 CIEE Study Center at National Chengchi University

ESL House and Providence University

Feng Chia University Language Center Chinese Division

Tunghai University Chinese Language Center

Kong-Meng Language School

Taipei Language Institute - Taichung Center

 

 

South Taiwan

National Sun Yat-sen University

TLIKA (Taipei Language Institute, Kaoshiung

Below are some useful links that are very useful to learn Chinese for preparing your holiday or stay in Taiwan.

ChinesPod.com

Probably the best source of podcasts to learn Chinese on the web.

Skritter.com

Definitively the best place to learn how to write Chinese characters

ChineseTeachers.com

Definitively the best place to have one on one Chinese lessons with qualified Chinese teachers.

11 Reasons for Learning Chinese

And why you may want to do so in Taiwan  

  1. Considering the population of China

    At over I billion and the amount of Chinese speaking peoples outside of China—and when considering that due to this population and due to the fact that much business is directed or coming from that direction—Chinese has got to be, outside of English,  the one new language that people will want to learn or need to learn.

  2. A Perfect Place to Learn Chinese

    Mandarin Chinese is the official language of Taiwan. The most effective way to learn Mandarin is to study traditional Chinese characters in the modern, Mandarin speaking society of Taiwan. Those who learn Traditional Chinese characters can understand simplified Chinese since they are the root of the Chinese language. The same cannot be said for those who learn simplified Chinese.

  3. An Excellent Environment for Learning Chinese

    Mandarin training centers in Taiwan provide high quality teachers and facilities, a variety of high quality courses for students of all levels of proficiency, and small classes. Most importantly, outside of class, you will be immersed in Chinese language and culture. Don’t miss it!

  4. A Repository of Chinese Culture

    The National Palace Museum has a great collection of artifacts spanning the history of Chinese civilization. Taiwanese Opera and Glove Puppetry, and aboriginal culture, add to the cultural richness of Taiwan. Nowhere will international students find a better place to experience and learn about Chinese culture.

  5. Available Scholarships

    To encourage students from foreign countries to learn Chinese, the government provides three scholarships.In addition, some Chinese learning centers provide scholarships.

  6. A Free and Democratic Society

    Taiwan has a thriving, modern, free and democratic society.It is one of the safest countries in the world, and its infrastructure, from power to transportation to telecommunication, is top-notch and first or second in high tech. Taipei for example is the most wired city in the world with the most wi-fi hot spots anywhere.

  7. Easy to Reach, A Great Place to Travel

    Taiwan is served by a large number of international airlines and is easily reached from many countries the world over. Domestic airlines, bullet high-speed trains, and regional train systems provide excellent transportation within Taiwan.

  8. High Standard of Living

    Taiwan’s infrastructure is advanced, and its law-enforcement and transportation, communication, medical and public health systems are excellent. In Taiwan, foreign students live and study in safety and comfort

  9. Test of Proficiency-Huayu

    The Test Of Proficiency (TOP), or Huayu, is given to international students to assess their Mandarin Chinese listening and reading comprehension.

  10. Work While You Study

    While learning Chinese in Taiwan, students may be able to work part-time. Students will gain experience and a sense of accomplishment communicating in Chinese, and they can earn some extra money. After a not-so-long period of time, while learning Chinese in Taiwan, students may be able to work part-time. Students will gain experience and a sense of accomplishment communicating in Chinese, and they can earn some extra money.  After a not-so-long period of time, while learning Chinese in Taiwan, students may be able to work part-time. Students will gain experience and a sense of accomplishment communicating in Chinese, and they can earn some extra money.

  11. Learn Complete, Traditional Chinese Characters

    Learning traditional characters makes it easy to identify lexical forms and hard to misunderstand the meaning of words. Moreover, the power and aesthetics of Chinese calligraphy can only be revealed and appreciated through traditional Chinese characters.

 

North Of Taiwan

National Taiwan Normal University- Mandarin Training Center 
No.162, Sec.1, Heping East Road, Taipei 10610, Taiwan (ROC)
Tel : 886-2-2321-8457ã€Â886-2- 2391-4248
Fax : 886-2-2341-8431 Email: mtc@mtc.ntnu.edu.tw



Established in 1956, the Mandarin Training Center (MTC) boasts a long history, it is also the largest and most well known language center in Taiwan for students who wish to study Mandarin. Academic semesters are three months long and offer language courses at all levels, with six to ten students per class. MTC also provides a wide variety of course offerings related to Chinese culture, as well as many extra-curricular activities. In order to meet the many needs of students who come from more than 60 different nations across the globe, MTC also provides month-long intensive language classes and two to five week intensive language and culture, culture and the arts, or business Chinese instruction for academic or business groups of over ten students.
MTC staff consists of more than 80 highly experienced teachers, who all speak standard Mandarin Chinese. Each instructor must pass a very strict series of tests and are then required to undergo rigorous training in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Outside of classes, many teachers are involved in the development of new teaching materials, and many of the materials developed by MTC are well known and widely used all over the world.
MTC is equipped with central air, a meeting room for student groups, a student lounge, a well-stocked library, a language laboratory and an audio-visual center. The computer room is exclusively for the use of MTC students and is equipped with the latest available software for Chinese instruction, as well as the ability to offer internet and e-mail services to speakers of all languages.

Chung Hua University and CLD Language Center
No. 707, Sec.2, WuFu Rd., Hsinchu, Taiwan 300, R.O.C (Main Campus)

TEL: 886-3-5374281~5, FAX: 886-3-5373771

Established in 1990, Chung Hua University's main campus is centrally located in Hsinchu city, which is very close to Taipei. The University has 5
colleges and 22 departments offering 22 undergraduate, 15 graduate and 10 doctoral programs. In affiliation with CLD Language Center, Chung Hua
University offers Chinese language classes in Taipei. Whether you study
Chinese at Chung Hua University or CLD Language Center, the same convenient location is used in Taipei. CLD Language Center is conveniently located near Taipei train station. CLD offers rest rooms and entertainment areas for reading or talking as well as 11 classrooms that can accommodate over 100 students.  There are Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels available. A semester at Chung Hua University is quite cheap; one semester is 13,200 NT Dollars.  A semester at CLD Language Center is 9,900 NT Dollars. Studying at Chung Hua provides the student with a Student Visa.

Taipei Mandarin Learning Center
231,Sec.2, Chien-Kuo S. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan
Tel:886-2-27005858

MLC is located in the heart of metropolitan Taipei,
which has all the conveniences of the west and maintains its pleasantly
active tone into the night, making it safer on average than most western
cities. Post office, library and park are only blocks away. Students can participate in numerous local activities experiencing first-hand the richness of the Chinese people and culture.
Tuition:New student registration fee:NT$300
Group lesson tuition:NT$16,000 
Group lesson tuition:NT$16,000 

 

Central Taiwan

Taipei Language Institute - Taichung Center
28-5, TaiPing Rd., 8f, 9F
Tel: (04) 2225-4681; 2225-4831
Hours: 8 am - 9pm Mon. - Fri.; 8am - 5pm Sat.

One of the benefits of studying at TLI is the flexibility. Students may choose to study one-on-one or in small groups, and may choose their own schedules. Also TLI publishes its own textbooks from which students can choose, or they can work with the school to develop a personated curriculum. Mandarin, Taiwanese, and cultural courses are offered. As well, office or home study is available (NT850 per hour plus teachers travel fee for longer distances). For classes at the school, tuition ranges from NT150 per hour per student for five or more students studying at least 10 hours a week to NT 380 per hour a one-on-one classes. 

 

Feng Chia University Language Center Chinese Division
10F, Jen Yan Building 100 WenHua Rd.
Tel: (04) 2451-7520; ext 5870-5872

 

This center feels that it is important to learn the local culture while studying Chinese. Therefore the student is required to take at least three Chinese culture courses per term, including Kung Fu, Chinese opera, traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese music and instruments, Chinese cuisine, calligraphy, Chinese painting, or fortune telling. Language courses include Chinese word-processing, simplified characters, Chinese literature and Chinese history. Taiwanese courses are also offered. There are 4 terms per year. Tuition for reach term is NT 16,500. Class sizes range from 5 to 15 students. Students must study at least 10 hours per week. One benefit of studying here is that students can join any of the clubs or societies on campus, and can use the facilities in the campus's Recreation hall.

 

ESL House and Providence University
32, TaSheng St.
Tel: (04)2319-4845 Fax:(04)2319-2548
Hours: 9 am - 2:30pm, 6-9pm Mon. - Fri.; 2pm - 5pm Sat.

 

This Language center is the off-campus branch of the Providence University Chinese Language Education Center. There are four three month semesters per year with tuition costing NT 16,500 per semester, or NT 60,000 per year. Classes (limited to eight per class) for beginner, Intermediate and advanced students are offered on weekdays in the morning (10am - 12 noon), afternoons (12 noon - 2 pm) and evenings (7 - 9pm). The branch is conveniently located near TaTun and KungYi roads.

Tunghai University

 

Chinese Language Center

181 Taichung Kang Rd., section 3
Tel: (04) 2359-0259

 

Full-time students are required to take six hours of courses in Chinese conversation and reading, in addition to elective courses for a total of at least 10 hours per week. Courses in Mandarin, Taiwanese and Chinese culture ( Chinese knotting, Chinese religions, Hakka culture, calligraphy and carving) are offered. The requirements to enter this language center are relatively strict and all teachers have at least 5 years experience. There are three terms that coincide with the university's schedule. Tuition varies according to the class size, but ranges from NT24,000 per student for 10 hours per week (6-10 students per class) to NT55,000 for 10 hours per week (one-on-one) for the fall or spring term.

 


Kong-Meng Language School(�թs�ǰ�)
12F No. 68 Kung-Yi Rd. Taichung City
Tel:0953767357 Miss Lai
EMail:gotokongmeng@gmail.com

How many years have you lived in Taiwan but can't speak Chinese very well? Do you want to speak more Chinese not only short sentence or simple word? Kong-Meng Language School offer private tutors and flexible programs in Mandarin that help students achieve their individual language-learing goals. Convenient location(near Citizen square)and competitive price!

CIEE Study Center at National
7 Custom House Street, 3rd Floor Portland, ME 04101-4739
United States
Phone: 1-800-40-STUDY

Academic Program
Established in 1993, the CIEE Study Center at National Chengchi University
provides students with the unique opportunity for Mandarin Chinese language training using traditional characters. The program is structured to teach students about Taiwan from both a social science and linguistic perspective through a core seminar on modern Taiwan. Students with near-native proficiency in Mandarin should be aware that their language ability may exceed the most advanced courses offered.
Cost Includes:
Fall 2006: $8,700; Spring 2007: available 8/15/06; Academic Year 2006-07: $16,400. The 2006-07 CIEE fees include an optional airport meet and greet, tuition, full time program leadership and support, housing, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions to tea plantations and museums, field trips to the National Palace Museum, businesses and schools, pre-departure advising, and insurance.

 

South Of Taiwan

Kaohsiung (Gaoxiong)

National Sun Yat-sen University
70 Lien-hai Rd. Kaohsiung 804
Tel: 886-7-525-2633 , Fax: 886-7-525-2630

The CLC Branch of Sun Yat-sen University offers a number of courses for
learning Mandarin Chinese, as well as Taiwanese. Some of these include courses in Chinese Writing, Business Conversations, Newspaper Readings, Literary Chinese, Learning Mandarin Phonetic Symbols, Learning Chinese Characters, and a Pronunciation Course.

TLIKA (Taipei Language Institute, Kaohsiung Center)

TLI Kaohsiung Center 2F No.507 Chung Shan 2nd Rd., Kaohsiung
Tel:(886-7) 215-2965, Fax: 215-2981

One of the benefits of studying at TLI is the flexibility. Students may choose to study one-on-one or in small groups, and may choose their own schedules. Also TLI publishes its own textbooks from which students can choose, or they can work with the school to develop a personated curriculum. Mandarin, Taiwanese, and cultural courses are offered. As well, office or home study is available (NT850 per hour plus teachers travel fee for longer distances). For classes at the school, tuition ranges from NT150 per hour per student for five or more students studying at least 10 hours a week to NT 380 per hour a one-on-one classes.

 

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