We offer free language exchange to supplement your language training by having regular conversations with a native speaker. Language exchange is a method of language learning based on mutual language practicing by learning partners who are speakers of different languages. A language exchange complements other forms of learning such as classroom, cultural immersion and multimedia, because you get to practice all that you have learned with native speakers in a safe and supportive environment. If you are learning Chinese at our school, there is every opportunity to enhance it with our language exchange in Shanghai. Learning in our classrooms and being immersed in a Mandarin speaking city like Shanghai will undoubtedly do a lot to improve students’ language skills. However, for a lot of students, a one-on-one exchange of Chinese for English with local students can do a lot to supplement their language learning while they are studying with us. There is simply no better way to practice ones listening and speaking skills than by having regular conversations with a native speaker.
Another benefit of our language exchange is that students have the opportunity to meet their Chinese peers. What better way to make a new friend than working together to improve each one’s skills in a foreign language? In addition to improving their Chinese skills, students who choose to participate in our language exchange will get a personal in-depth education on Chinese culture and Shanghai’s local customs. But most importantly, having a language partner provides students with a fantastic opportunity to make a friend who can open up a whole new set of possibilities for them. Having friends in the local community is not only the best way to improve one’s language skills but also the best way to ensure that you have a fun time while you are studying Chinese in Shanghai.
In many ways, language exchange is at the center of what Mandarin Hanhe is all about. We feel that classroom learning should not be the entire focus of study abroad. The opportunity to get out in the community, make new friends, and get a feel for what Chinese society is really like is what students must take advantage of if they are to make the most of their study abroad experience. For these reasons, we feel that language exchange is a perfect gateway to China for our international students.