Best for: Making New Friends
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, firstname.lastname@example.org www.cultureyard.net