Community Ed offers Chinese classes

Hood River Community Education is currently offering classes on Chinese language and culture, for adults and children; including one with special focus on business. Minchun Huang, who is here on a teaching exchange, will be the instructor.

Register online at or call 541-386-2055.


The adult class will be held on Tuesday nights, from 6-7 p.m., at a cost of $70 for the series. The lessons are designed for adults who want to learn standard, modern Chinese and Chinese culture.

In this course, you will receive systematic training in listening, speaking and enjoying the different topics of Chinese culture.

The class is for students who have no or very limited prior knowledge of Chinese language and may not be able to read Chinese alphabets or characters. You may not know basic Chinese words, and find it difficult to answer simple questions in Chinese.

The class will teach Chinese pronunciation and how to initiate or respond basic conversations in daily life such as greetings, self-introduction, shopping (simple bargaining), ordering food, etc.

Students will also learn some interesting Chinese culture.


The Business Chinese classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and will cost $140. The course is designed for business people who intend to develop their ability to use the Chinese language when conducting business in China.

It is intended for students who can ask and answer questions while exchanging ideas and information on familiar topics in common international business situations in Chinese. You can understand short, simple materials related to basic business tasks.

Students will study topics related to business Chinese, such as basic business negotiations and sales promotions, and learn to read short, simple project and partnership proposal.


The children’s Chinese Language and Culture class will be held on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m.

The lessons are designed for children in elementary school, ages 7-11. The course will help children learn Chinese and Chinese culture via playing games, watching animations and singing songs. The children will learn Chinese by listening, speaking, reading and writing in standard, modern Mandarin.

The classes are for children who have never learned Chinese before and cannot read Pinyin.

The children will learn Pinyin and basic daily vocabulary, and how to form short sentences such as greetings, self-introductions, introducing family members, ages, colors, numbers, animals, fruits, and so on.

Teacher Huang will use fun pictures, actual objects and games to teach the children Chinese and Chinese culture in an effective, interesting way.

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