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Get a Head Start: Chinese Language & Culture

Preparing to come to China for a few weeks, semester, or even a year? Worried about learning Mandarin Chinese and navigating life in a new culture? Have no fear! We have five ways you can get a head start on Chinese language learning before you get here!

 
Chinese Skill & Hello Chinese: Learn Chinese Through […]

5 Ways to Prepare for China!

You’ve signed up for a program in China! Now, how do you prepare for your trip? Check out these five suggestions from our staff and students.

1. Learn About the Language and Culture of China
Your Chinese culture exchange experience starts now! It’s time to start learning the basics of Chinese language and culture. Any survival […]

Highlights of 2016

2016 was a full year for Silk Road Start: Chinese Studies Programs at Xi’an Eurasia University.  Here we list 5 highlights from the year:

5.  Exploring Xi’an in the Spring of 2016

Silk Road Students took advantage of the nice spring weather to explore some scenic spots around Xi’an.   See previous post here to see more pictures of their […]

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Exploring Xi’an in the Spring of 2016

Silk Road Start students have been getting out to explore many of the less famous historical and natural sites in Xi’an.  Our first trip of the semester in February a group of us took the bus out to Lou Guan Tai National Forest Park(楼观台国家森林公园)for a Hike that took us through a nice bamboo forest.

Later in the semester a […]

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2015 in Review

Here are some highlights of the past year with Silk Road Start: Chinese Studies Program:

Liberty University Group 

In January we finished up China Crash Course at Xi’an Eurasia University for a group of eager learners from Liberty University.

Spring Semester

One highlight of our semester program at X’an Eurasia University was a trip to western china where students experienced beautiful scenery and diverse […]

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Black River National Forest Park

In July of 2015 a group of Chinese and Foreigners rented a car and drove to Black Forest National Forest Park(黑河国家森林公园) about 3 hours from Xi’an for an overnight camping trip.  The pictures below demonstrate how the adventure was a great success.

 

 

 

 

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Silk Road Start Qinghai Trip 2015

This past May holiday Silk Road Start students took an overnight sleeper train from Xi’an to visit the beautiful Qinghai province. Qinghai is the home to diverse minority culture and beautiful mountain scenery.

Day 1:

When we woke up from our overnight train ride we were in the province capital Xining.  Here we relaxed at our hostel […]

Hiking at Lou Guan Tai National Forest

Lou Guan Tai  is the site where Lao Zi  wrote the Dao De Jing about 2600 years ago (道德经, also written as Tao Te Ching).  This books is central to the Taoist faith, which is one of the few religions with Chinese origins.  Any place where a major world religion is inspired must be beautiful, right? […]

By |April 27th, 2015|Photo, Traveling|0 Comments|

5 Chinese Learning Resources You Need!

By Silk Road Start Co-Founder,  Joseph Worcester

When giving advice for language learning, I always emphasize the importance of practicing listening comprehension. Nothing will help you adjust to daily life more than training your ears to understand the vocabulary in daily life contexts. When I am looking for beginner language learning resources one of my main […]

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Climbing Hua Shan Moutain

Several hour from Xi’an’s University City lies Hua Shan, one of China’s 5 most famous mountains.   This mountain is full of history, legend, and religious significance.  It is known by some to be the world’s most precipitous ( dangerous) hiking mountain.

The mountain is very popular with students and people of all ages.  University students love to hike […]

What Students say!

“I learned to use Chinese a lot with buying food, like, we had to buy boneless chicken legs one time and I was successful because I knew Chinese “"
Tessa, Fall 2013
“Our teachers are very good and extremely interactive. We are a small group so we all get individual attention."
Alba, Fall Student
"I felt my language learning has really been accelerated because of his (Ocean) experience as a teacher"
Paul, Fall Student
"The Chinese language and culture class I took was not only educational, but fun!"
Monique, Summer Student
"This experience was one of my favorites of all time!"
Walt, Summer 2013
"The class was awesome! I looked forward to class every day. Our teacher was very good."
Matt, Summer 2013
"I am really grateful to be able to go out, but food, take public transportation, and just generally have more freedom"
Paul, Fall Student
"Our teacher taught us wonderful things about China's history and culture and used helpful teaching techniques such as videos and songs to enhance learning."
Dakota, Summer 2013
"I can honestly say in just four months my Chinese ability has grown exponentially"
Matt, Fall Student
"Our language teacher was amazing. He was super encouraging and really helped me understand the basics of the language."
Lucy, Summer 2013
"The Silk Road Start program's culture class was invaluable in providing me with a broad overview of Chinese history and what makes Shaanxi special."
Bernice, Summer 2013
"From not knowing a single word or sound in Chinese I can now officially get around Xi’an."
Alba, Fall 2013
"I have been falling in love with the campus and the city when I got here, and I planned to come back next year for there summer program."
Matt, Summer 2013

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