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The City of Angels nurtures a strong Chinese community.
Historically there has been a population of Chinese Americans in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. As of 2010, there were 393,488 Chinese Americans in Los Angeles County, 4.0% of the county’s population, and 66,782 Chinese Americans in the city of Los Angeles (1.8% of the total population).
The idea suggested by Superprof if you want to
learn Chinese: contact the members of this association to find out if some of them would be interested in giving private lessons in Mandarin. Maybe even an exchange of English lessons for free Chinese lessons?
When LA was founded, the city’s full name was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula.”
The historian William Mason stated that the first Chinese in Los Angeles were Ah Luce and Ah Fou, who arrived in 1850. In his memoirs, Harris Newmark stated that the first Chinese person was the servant of his uncle, Joseph Newmark.
From an economic point of view, China has placed some marbles in the City of Angels.
The Chinese community is very strong also in the City That Never Sleeps, do not hesitate to take Chinese classes in New York!
Learn Chinese in a Los Angeles School
In the City of Angels, it is possible to start
studying Chinese from a young age!
A good idea if you are an open minded person and you want to stand out from the classic language progression of other American students!
Westside Chinese School
A non-profit, parent-volunteer run Mandarin language and culture school with approximately 340 students.
Westside offers 22 classes for children ages 5-18, as well as beginning classes for teens and adults who have little or no prior language experience.
They also offer Parent-and-Me classes for children 3 to 5 years old. Classes are run on Saturday mornings during the school year, from September through June.
Westside Chinese School is entirely run and managed by parent volunteers. Pay a visit any Saturday morning during the school year, and you’ll see what a difference this approach makes. Because the school is family-run, it’s decidedly family-friendly.
From the student talent shows and the fresh-cooked Chinese meal served every weekend at recess, to the Chinese culture festivals and annual summer camping trip, Westside Chinese School is a place where everyone in the family can learn and grow.
By 1923, Los Angeles produced one quarter of the world’s oil. It still sits atop the third largest oil field in the country! Castelar Elementary School has undertaken a great transformation from its original site on the Southwest corner of College and Castelar Streets to the Southeast corner of College and Yale Streets.
The staff consisted of 4 teachers, which included the principal, and served grades 1 through 8. The student population was approximately one-third of Spanish surnames and the remaining two-thirds of Anglo surnames.
Castelar is unique and has the distinct features of being the second oldest school in the district, and the
largest number of Indochinese refugees of any school in the district.
After 100 years of educating students, Castelar continues to grow. Currently the school has grades kindergarten through 5th grade. They have the
dual language program in Mandarin which had their first graduation class in June 2017.
Do not hesitate to turn to schools throughout America, and especially to take Chinese classes in Boston or Chinese classes in Chicago!
Learn Chinese at University University of California – Los Angeles
Located in a region that is home to the
largest Chinese-speaking community in the United States, there are many opportunities to study and speak Mandarin language in Los Angeles and at UCLA. The UCLA Confucius Institute is working with a wide array of local and international partners to expand the opportunities for students of all ages to study Chinese language on their campus, in the community, and abroad.
Study Chinese in a Language Scho0l The Chinese Language Academy of Los Angeles (CLA) is the highest-rated Chinese language school in Los Angeles and has been a proud language education service provider for thousands of clients since its establishment in 2013. With a brilliant faculty and a revolutionary teaching methodology, CLA offers highly-effective Chinese language and Chinese culture classes to companies, government agencies and individual professionals in the Los Angeles area. CLA has multiple locations in the LA region and also offers customized classes on client sites. CLA’s prestigious corporate clients in Los Angeles include Snapchat, Getty museum, and Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board.
CLA teachers represent the highest standards in the industry. All CLA teachers hold at least a Master’s degree from prestigious US universities, with the majority having over 5 years of experience in teaching Chinese.
CLA emphasizes “Illustrating, Interacting and Inspiring” in the teaching philosophy and pursues “Efficiency and Happiness” in the teaching practices. At Chinese Language Academy, you will learn the language in a brand new way for your success in today’s global economy. South Bay Chinese School
South Bay Chinese School is the only non-profit school in the South Bay area which has been serving the community since 1971. It dedicates itself to providing a nurturing and stimulating environment for students to learn the Chinese language while striving to instill an awareness of Chinese heritage, and provide bridging programs to introduce Chinese culture to the community in an effort to build understanding of all cultures.
Los Angeles Associations for Learning Chinese Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center (LACCC) was founded in 2005 in the Hollywood area to enrich the community by providing various Chinese cultural programs for all ages. Their Mandarin classes are for children ages 4 and up and adults.
They also provide a unique “Parent & Me” class for children ages 3 to 4. The experienced native Chinese instructors teach Mandarin as well as folk dance and Chinese art.
Their activity-based curriculum will teach students both practical communication skills and a fundamental understanding of Chinese culture.
LACCC also provides a diverse range of services customized to your personal needs. These services include private tutoring at your home and provide professional Chinese performers (dancers, artists and traditional Chinese musicians) to perform at special events, such as parties and Chinese New Year celebrations.
The Hollywood sign originally said “Hollywoodland.”
It also offers many cultural activities centered on the Asian continent, as well as introductions to calligraphy.
Pass the HSK to validate your level of Chinese
The HSK is a Chinese test designed under the authority of the Ministry of Education and serves as a reference at the international level to prove your level in Mandarin, like the TOEFL or TOEIC in English. Since November 2009, a new version of this test has been implemented. It totally supplants the old version since March 2010.
The new version of the HSK is a test composed of 6 levels in writing. Level 1 is the easiest, level 6 the most difficult. The higher the level of HSK, the greater the number of Chinese characters to be mastered to pass the test.
Remember to pass the HSK if you are planning a university stay (exchange, double Chinese degree) or even a language study trip to China. It’s good to know that engineers with a good knowledge of Chinese are very much in demand today by the major ready-to-wear brands and the large manufacturing companies that are numerous and growing in China.
Learn Mandarin with a Private Teacher
Language classes, face-to-face with a private teacher or within a group, are a radical way to progress quickly, especially in Mandarin, which requires regular learning of
Chinese characters and phonetics in order to progress.
It is illegal to lick a toad in the City of Angels.
If you have friends from the People’s Republic of China, do not hesitate to ask them if they can give you some
free Chinese lessons, at least to discover the language and see if you like it.
Offer them English lessons in return, the Chinese sometimes have some shortcomings in the language of Shakespeare, especially in terms of pronunciation, which is difficult for them!