Culture Yard is an international culture center, located in a traditional Chinese courtyard in the heart of Beijing. Created and run by a multi-national team of young and enthusiastic individuals, Culture Yard aims to promote language and culture learning among the local and expat communities by offering various workshops, cultural exchange activities and language training courses.
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User reviews of Culture Yard 天井越洋
I'm already 7 years in Beijing and didn't study any chinese for over 5 years. Even though I can speak decent Chinese I felt it was limited to very specific topics (work related) and makes it harder for me to to talk about anything else. I decided to register to Culture Yard and already after the first week I felt improvement, especially fixing some grammar structures that for years I was using wrong! Also I felt that the atmosphere is very friendly and communal, all the students are chatting with each other over breaks. So if you are new to Beijing or old beijinger like myself, I would definetaly recommend signing up to one of the courses at culture yard.
My work sponsored my Chinese classes here for 6 months in 2016 and I had a great experience. I was able to do 1:1 classes with a flexible schedule and could easily move classes around if I couldn't make it at the regular time because of work. My teacher and I built my curriculum together, spending half time on grammar and half time working on vocabularly and scenarios specific to what I needed for work. All in all I would recommend cultureyard!
I've been studying at Culture Yard for over a year now, and I cannot speak more highly of it!
I've never been good with languages, and now i'm preparing to begin my pre-intermediate classes in a few weeks!
The supportive enviroment, great atmosphere and excellent teachers have helped me progress further than I ever imagined I could, and I can't believe how far I've come. I look forward to each class, and the materials are excellent.
The location is fantastic, and gives the school a really personal atmosphere.
I've done both the group classes and 1-to-1, but I prefer the 1-to-1 as I can't move quite as quick as the other students, so really enjoy the 1-to-1 and the way the classes can be tailored to your needs, all you have to do is ask! My speaking is my worst skill, so my teacher goes out of her way to focus on my speaking to help me develop the best i can.
I've made many friends through Culture Yard, and there is a great feeling of professionalism and personality there.
I don't know how long I'll be in China for, but I do know that I will be studying ay Culture Yard until the moment I leave!
I know Culture Yard via my good friend Ilya whom I know from back home (Israel) and who started the school.
When I arrived in Beijing i knew no Chinese. I started to study about 3 years ago and studying until now on and off. I had several group courses including the characters one. At the moment I am taking private lessons with Qi LaoShi.
I most enjoy the atmosphere, the location and teachers who actually care. At first I was able to manage the daily life in Beijing and now I work in Beijing using only Chinese!
I would recommend this school to anyone who is serious about learning Chinese.
I’ve been working in China for 2 and a half years now, and had various false starts with learning Chinese in my spare time. After a four-week intensive courses at BLCU where I picked up a lot of vocabulary, but was quite frankly overwhelmed with grammar and lack of speaking practice, I finally decided to try Culture Yard. I had heard good things about the school from friends, and after visiting the school for an assessment, I liked the vibe of the place – very chilled out, nice courtyard location, and lots of emphasis on hanging out and socializing in Chinese (majhong classes, movie events etc.). It’s been 9 months since I started studying here, and my Chinese has vastly improved in all areas.
There are various different classes that you can take, and they have been very accomodating with trying to fit things into my schedule, so I’ve done one-to-one classes, as well as morning intensive and evening classes. Most classes use a textbook, which I was a little skeptical about at first, but actually the teachers I’ve had dip in and out, and use the book as a starting point for extensive practice so it doesn’t really feel like you’re just being led through a book, like with other schools I've tried. There’s been a real focus on practical, everyday language – and classes have involved a lot of speaking, which was the main thing I was interested in. Infact, the teachers are all really great here, and seem to really care about your progress.
I can’t yet speak for HSK4 level or higher, but I’d really recommend this place for beginners or pre-intermediates. If you’re new to Beijing it also seems an awesome place for plugging into the local culture, and making some friends too. Wish I'd started here sooner!