all the answers.
I join as an absolute beginner of
Chinese learning program is open for students at all levels and no
minimum language ability is required. Of course, participants of group
lessons must have comparable levels.
What is the exact booking process?
have sent your
register form to Lisa Mandarin, you will receive a confirmation for
your booking, an invoice and further details. You will need to pay a
deposit to confirm your booking and the rest of your invoice before the
early should I register?
apply as early as possible, but no later than 2 weeks in advance. This
way it is easier to find the right place at the right date for you.
What are the minimum requirements for
are no restrictions
except that you should be able to understand basic English. You are
welcome as beginner or at advanced levels, whatever age you are. For
participants aged over 60, a doctor's statement of good health is
do I pay for the lessons?
your booking, you will get an invoice and payment details and will be
asked to pay a deposit payment of 20% of the fee. The remaining school
fee you will have to pay before the first lesson.
What types of accomodation are there?
Mandarin recommends to
stay and live with a family in Beijing. This is the best way to use
what you learn in school. You can also book a room in
an appartment shared with other students or a room in a hotel.
course, you are also free to arrange for your own accomodation and only
book lessons with us.
can I make a reservation for
on the register
form what type of accomodation you selected. I will inform you with the
confirmation about the availability of your selected type.
does the homestay with a family
are quite some things
you probably want to know. Thus we have prepared a separate sheet to
give you all the information about family homestay:
there any family rules to consider
we appreciate the
friendly and cooperative relationship with our homestay families, there
are some easy rules to live after. Please see:
What do I need to bring along with me?
prepare all the bedding in your room. Please bring additional items not
mentioned along with you, but keep in mind that nowadays you can easily
get almost any product or brand in Beijing that you would find at
What about insurance?
Mandarin accepts no
liability except for the quality of the courses offered. You need to
make sure that you have your own insurance according to your own needs
(travel, health, etc.).
What is the best way to bring money
take cash or
travelers checks in most common currencies. Most credit cards
also accepted in Beijing. For longer stays, a bank account may be
opened in China.
What is the weather like in Beijing?
(Dec-Mar) in Beijing
is dry, windy and temperature hovers around 0 degrees Celsius for most
of the season. Down jackets are recommended. Spring (Apr-May) is brief,
but temperatures are pleasant (13-18 degrees Celsius). Summer (Jun-Aug)
is hot with humidity and afternoon thundershowers. The average
temperature is 26 degrees Celsius. Fall (Sep-Nov) temperatures range
from 5 degrees to the mid-teens. Evenings may turn unexpectedly cold.
Light jackets or sweaters are needed.
Does the school organize any free time
homestay families will
invite you to join their free-time activities. The teachers will also
help you to find the best places around Beijing.
What are other costs I should be aware
program fee includes
tuition, accomodation and dinner as per your booking. You also need to
consider the costs for other meals, transportation, your excursions and
the occasional souvenir.
16. The best way to make telephone
either use your mobile phone (may be expensive due to your provider's
roaming charges) or buy telephone cards. You can also very easily have
your own local telephone number for your mobile by
at a cost of RMB235.
have other specific questions about Lisa Mandarin, the lessons or
accomodation, please just send us a short e-mail.