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ONLINE GROUP CHINESE CLASSES

Below you will find our Mandarin Chinese classes offered this session. We have online group Mandarin Chinese classes and will soon offer in person group classes at our Carmel, Indiana location. Our classrooms are only 10 minutes from Fishers, Westfield and Northern Indianapolis. If you don't see the class that you are looking for, or you are interested in private instruction, please call us at 844-503-1237.

*First-time students will also have a one-time $25 Registration Fee, included in the price below.  This $25 fee helps offset the administrative cost of setting up new students in our school management system and helps keep their course tuition costs lower. After enrollment, you will receive communication within 2 weeks with your class start date or, if class is not confirmed, a delay notification.

Need a language class PRONTO?  Purchase a group class now and get a prorated tuition, with credit towards the next session!

CURRENT CLASSES

 

Mandarin 1.1

BEGINNER (Level Completion: CEFR A1)


 

Online Classroom

Thursdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)

$19.75/hour
20 hour package + one time $25 Registration Fee*
$420
 

Additional Info:
10 Group Classes
2 hours each class
Online Class Materials Resource
Textbook Not Included

Not sure of your level? Check our free self-assessments.

Enrollment Schedule

UPCOMING CLASSES

Mandarin 1.1

BEGINNER (Level Completion: CEFR A1)

Online Classroom or *In-Person (Indianapolis area)
*available to local students when in line with CDC guidelines

 

Enrollment Period: Now until 8/31/21
Estimated Start Period: 9/13/21 - 9/27/21

$19.75/hour
20 hour package + one time $25 Registration Fee*
$420
 

Additional Info:
10 Group Classes
2 hours each class
Online Class Materials Resource
Textbook

Mandarin 2.1

ELEMENTARY (Level Completion: CEFR A2)

 

Online Classroom or *In-Person (Indianapolis area)
*available to local students when in line with CDC guidelines

 

Enrollment Period: Now until 8/31/21
Estimated Start Period: 9/13/21 - 9/27/21

$19.75/hour
20 hour package + one time $25 Registration Fee*
$420
 

Additional Info:
10 Group Classes
2 hours each class
Online Class Materials Resource
Textbook

Onboarding Process

Book a Mandarin class online now or if you have questions about our language programs, call us at 844-503-1237

STEP 1

STEP 2   (same day or next business day)

Please follow this link to read and sign the student agreement for group classes and complete your enrollment.

STEP 3  (as soon as class is confirmed)

We use WhatsApp to connect our teachers and students so they can share homework, ask questions & make any necessary schedule changes (due to holidays etc).  This group is just for you, your classmates and your teacher, but our admin team is there to help you too.

If you do not already have WhatsApp, please download the app to your phone here: whatsapp.com/download.

Once your Mandarin group class is confirmed and one of our talented Mandarin teachers is assigned to your group, we will send an email to all students with details of the class' scheduled days and times to meet as well as the textbook and cost right away.

STEP 4  (1-2 weeks before start of class)

STEP 5  (around one week)

Before your first class meets, you'll receive a Zoom link for your online class (or arrive at our Indianapolis classroom for in-person). In class you'll have many opportunities to make sentences, practice conversations, and start improving your Mandarin Chinese fluency. After class, let your instructor know how much fun you had!

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“The teacher is very knowledgable in Deutsch and it has been a great experience.”
— Angela, German student

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“[Class] was very good, I love the class I am in! The teacher is great, everyone helps each other.”
— Lakitha, Spanish student

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“I improved my writing a lot!  [Class] was very effective for me so I can take the TOEFL test.”
— Haruto, TOEFL student

Why learn Mandarin vs Cantonese?

 

Over a billion people speak Chinese, and Mandarin is the most commonly spoken dialect and the official language of China. The difference between Mandarin and Cantonese is that Mandarin has less tones and is used in the mainland. Cantonese is used in Hong Kong and southern areas. Learning Chinese opens the door to a thousand years of Chinese culture that has impacted cultures all over Asia. 

Is it hard to learn Mandarin?

 

Mandarin has relatively simple grammar compared to some other Asian languages, but there are a few features that make it a challenge. The writing system can take years to master, and pronunciation can be tricky. Mandarin is a tonal language, which means that the pitch of each syllable carries meaning. The most famous example of this is the sentence “Did Mother scold the horse?”, where every syllable is ma, but with a different tone. Check it out in your favorite translation app: 妈妈骂马吗? Don’t let these challenges stand in your way. Our classes will have you start speaking right away!

Fun Facts about Mandarin Chinese

  • The name Chinese refers to several languages that share the same writing system. Mandarin and Cantonese are two of the most widely spoken varieties of Chinese language. 

  • Mandarin is also referred to as Putonghua by its speakers. Putonghua literally means “common speech”. It is a standardized version of Mandarin based on Beijing pronunciation, and it is the official language of China. 

  • The Chinese writing system is not an alphabet.  It is logographic, meaning that symbols are used to represent ideas. It is hard to learn to read chinese, but there is logic to this system of writing that makes it easier! Chinese characters are made of building blocks called radicals which contribute meaning or sound information and make it easier to learn! For example: In the character for 'feeling' 情, there are three radicals: 1) 忄 'heart’, 2) 丰 'plentiful' , and 3)月 'moon'.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE GROUP CLASS I SIGNED UP FOR DOESN’T GET ENOUGH STUDENTS?
 

We do our best to fill new language classes each semester, but sometimes a class doesn’t fill before it’s start date. We may extend the start date and begin the class a few weeks later in the semester if possible. If a group class is unable to start, students have three options.
Option 1: The class will be delayed until the next semester, and the student receives a $50 class deferral credit.
Option 2: The student opts to receive private or semi-private language instruction at their preferred schedule and pays the difference in tuition.
Option 3: The student opts to withdraw their enrollment for the class and receives a full refund of the tuition paid.

CAN YOU OFFER HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT?
 

Please contact your school directly to make sure they allow credit for independent projects, then contact us. We have developed curriculum especially for high school and college students, but Indy Language Center is not an accredited credit-granting institution. We can work with the language department of your student’s school to have our class curriculum approved for the student’s school. If needed, we can make adjustments to meet the school’s requirements for granting credit. Once your student's school approves a proposal to their requirements for the language program, we can ensure your student will produce a portfolio, have recorded grades, and/or take exams that will qualify him/her for the credits awarded by their school.

Mandarin Private Lessons

1 on 1 Mandarin Chinese lessons customized for your fluency goals, schedule, location, and learning style. Available online or take language classes in Indianapolis in person.

As low as

$55/hour

Minimum 1½ hours each lesson.
Please allow at least 1 week to secure an instructor.

 
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The Best Way to Learn Chinese

In as little as 5 months you'll be completing an entire language level with Indy Language Center. Earn an achievement certificate with each level completion, and fast track to fluency!

Want more information about our language programs? Questions? Send us your information and we will help get you started.

Serving the Indianapolis and West Palm Beach areas

1001 3rd Avenue SW, Carmel, IN 46032
721 US 1, Suite #221, North Palm Beach, FL 33408
844-503-1237