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Q: where to study mandarin in china for 1 month

I'm trying to learn Mandarin in the USA but with few people to talk to it is not working for me, so I'm planning to make a month long trip to China in April to study and improve. I've been looking at several places, some in the south are wonderful locations (I've already visited Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Datong) but Chinese friends are warning me to stick to schools in the Beijing area until I'm really good at the basics due to the accents I will encounter elsewhere. I'm looking for a school to offer me a one-on-one program and maybe a host family to live with to maximize my time there. I've read about Guilin, Kunming, Qingdao, and Shenzhen, and Hangzhou schools in addition to those in the Beijing area. I'm leaning most towards LTL which gives me 2 weeks in Beijing with 30 hours a week of studies and then 2 weeks living immersion style in Chengde (two hours north) with a family while I also study 30 hours a week. Any other suggestions? DO you agree about avoiding places with more accents until I am better at the language? (I saw a few comments on similar questions but they were pretty old, so thanks for your responses).

1 week 6 days ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

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Your Chinese freinds were right.


There are many different dailects and countless accents in China,some of which are so unique that even Chinese who don't speak that dialect have difficulty understanding them.


Generally speaking,there are less dailects in northern China and they are closer to mandarin.In southern China,on the contrary,things can be totally different.Dailects can be quite different from mandarine and it's possible that people speak more than two accents in even a county.


So if you wanna learn mandarine,Bejing is the best place.Northeastern cities like Shenyang(沈阳) or Jilin(吉林) are also ok.Some people in southern China can't speak standard mandarine at all.

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