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3/5

Confucius Institute: Chinese Classes

Lumbini College, Skelton Gardens, Colombo 5


For those with no prior knowledge of Chinese they offer beginners classes - Saturdays 11.30- 1 PM, Rs 6000 for six months. Judging by the standard of the intermediate class this is probably the most accessible and best value introduction to Chinese available in Colombo.



In the time before YAMU I spent a fair while toiling in the Middle Kingdom. During this time I managed to pick up a bit of Mandarin- somewhere between I can communicate and low grade fluency.

On my return to the island however I feared that my slight grasp of the 21st century's language of power would slip so I searched high and low for language partners and classes. I didn’t have to look too far though before I discovered my Saturday intermediate class at Lumbini College. It’s run by the Confucius Institute - (China's Goethe Institute equivalent) out of a converted class room (comfortable, AC, working PCs) in the Colombo 5 boys school. Six months instruction costs just Rs. 6000 and the teachers are experienced teachers of CFL (Chinese as a foreign language) from the mainland.

Crucially they are patient, enthusiastic and dont just regurgitate the text book at you. Nor are they too hard core (I have never completed any of the homework but they don’t seem to mind).

It’s a very pleasant two hours I spend practicing my tones, measure words, and ba constructions every week and it's well worth Rs 6000. Most importantly for those with no prior knowledge of Chinese they offer beginners classes - Saturdays 11.30- 1 PM, Rs 6000 for six months. Judging by the standard of the intermediate class this is probably the most accessible and best value introduction to Chinese available in Colombo. The class seems to be for everyone, kids, adults, students, professionals…. and if you are free on Saturday this is a pretty worthwhile thing to do with your time. Chinese really isn’t that hard(spoken Chinese has virtually no grammar, learning the thousands of characters you need to read though is a pain ) and it gives you access and an insight to about a fifth of the world’s people.

Call- 2589747, 0779213368

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Classes are in English/Chinese but a couple of the instructors are fluent in Sinhala too so the classes are Sinhala friendly.
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For those with no prior knowledge of Chinese they offer beginners classes - Saturdays 11.30- 1 PM, Rs 6000 for six months. Judging by the standard of the intermediate class this is probably the most accessible and best value introduction to Chinese available in Colombo.

සිංහල චීන බස ගැන අන්දෝසංසාරයක් නොදන්නා‍ අයට ඔවුහු සෙනසුරාදා පෙරවරු 11.30 සිට පස්වරු 1.00 දක්වා ආරම්භක පංති පවත්වති. මාස හයට රු. 6000කි. අන්තර්මාධ්‍ය පංතියේ සිට කළ තක්සේරුව අනුව මේ වනාහි කොළඹ හොඳම වටිනාකමක් ඇති චීන භාෂා පංතියයි.

தமிழ் சீன மொழியில் முன் அறிவற்ற மாணவர்களுக்காக ஆரம்ப நிலை வகுப்புக்கள் சனிக்கிழமைகளில் 11.30 முதல் 1 வரை நடாத்தப்படுகின்றன. அதேபோல் முன் அறிவுள்ளவர்களுக்கான வகுப்புக்கள் இரண்டு மணித்தியாலங்களுக்கு நடாத்தப்படுகின்றது. 6 மாத கால எல்லையை கொண்ட இவ்வகுப்புக்கள் அனைத்திற்கும் கட்டணமாக ரூபா 6,000 அறவிடப்படுகின்றது. வகுப்புகளுக்கு வயதெல்லை கிடையாது. சிறுவர்கள், மாணவர்கள், வயதுவந்தோர்கள், தொழில் புரிவோர் என எல்லோரும் கலந்துகொள்ளலாம்.

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Lumbini College, Skelton Gardens, Colombo 5

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