Cul­ture yard

Best for: Mak­ing New Friends

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Set in beau­ti­ful hu­tong court­yard that’s been clev­erly cov­ered for year-round usage, Cul­ture Yard is a calm­ing and in­spir­ing set­ting to get to grips with lao-bei­jing life. Our teacher was friendly yet strict, call­ing us up on our poor pronunciation. She kept us en­gaged with flash­cards and games so we didn’t get bored sim­ply read­ing off the board. Our teacher also gave us some cul­tural con­text to the lan­guage we were learn­ing that helped it stick in our mind— Cul­ture Yard, as the moniker sug­gests, places im­por­tance on teach­ing the lan­guage in con­junc­tion with the cul­ture to make sure that your new lin­guis­tic skills are in tune with the ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing in China. With its com­pact court­yard and close prox­im­ity to a de­cent cof­fee shop and bar, Cul­ture Yard is also a place where friend­ships eas­ily flour­ish.

With a re­volv­ing ros­ter of events Cul­ture Yard is a place to learn so much more than just the lan­guage. A reg­u­lar se­ries “Be­hind the Screens” shows clas­sic Chi­nese cin­ema with English sub­ti­tles and a guide on hand to give you a deeper un­der­stand­ing. Other cul­tural work­shops range from mahjong evenings and cal­lig­ra­phy classes to rice wine tast­ing and tours around the sur­round­ing hu­tong neigh­bor­hood. Fur­ther­more, an on­line tool­kit on the Mem­rise app (avail­able for free to ev­ery­one, even those who aren’t stu­dents at Cul­ture Yard) is avail­able to fol­low the syl­labus and guide you through char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion and pronunciation.

Find it: 10 Shique Hu­tong,市东城区石雀胡同10号84044166, con­tact@cul­ture­ www.cul­ture­

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