Dalian Ruiwen Language School


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21 Responses to “Dalian Ruiwen Language School”

  1. chinesemaster Says:

    shut the heck up about teaching. and while ur at it stay out of china and the pi

  2. Steve Says:

    Ignore chinesemaster, obviously just a 王八羔子 with too much time on his/her hands (but not, apparently, enough time to finish a second sentence.)

    I’m writing to say thanks for this blog entry — I’m studying at Ruiwen right now thanks in part to your writeup, and I’m finding it very nice so far. You’ve covered the benefits pretty well so I won’t repeat your words, but I’ll rather agree with them and encourage others to check the place out if they’re looking for a place to study while in Dalian.

    As an intermediate-level student (probably a bit below where you were at the time) I find the teachers are setting the difficulty level and pace just about right for me. Can’t vouch personally for how they’d do at beginning or advanced levels but I assume they’d be similarly good. They’re also easy to deal with, very straightforward and up-front about everything. I set everything up with them via email before arriving in Dalian and the classes and other stuff were all exactly as promised when I got here.

  3. Hector Says:

    Thanks Steve for confirming the good review of Ruiwen. I should start taking classes there in late June 2009. The contact person Ms Wang has been very nice in her emails and offered to pick me up from the train station and help me find a private apartment.

  4. Carlo Says:

    Hi,
    I am 42 years old, Italian national living in Switzerland. I would like to stay in Dalian for one year in 2010 to learn Mandarin. What can you suggest? I prefer Dalian rather than Beijing or Shanghai because its smaller and perhaps cleaner.

    Kind regards,

    Carlo

  5. Hector Says:

    Hi Carlo,
    I just got back from Dalian, and from studying at Ruiwen language school. Dalian is a midsize city. Going to downtown is very easy with the buses. If you go I suggest you rent an apartment in southern part of the city(Xinghai square), along the beach, where the air is cleaner. Some Japanese students at Ruiwen stay there, and they are satisfied. Also, it is close to the school. Ruiwen school offers great value, considering you will mostly get individual instruction. The teaching staff and administrators are very supportive, and will help you on welcoming you, finding you lodging, assisting you on day to day matters, and making sure you are making progress. The most important part is you will practice your chinese everyday with people in the neighborhood, waitresses, shopkeepers. Also, you will most likely be the only European student, which means you will be forced to use chinese. Wang Chungmei and one other teacher, Chang laoshi write and speak english so that they can explain the lessons in english, or assist you on daily concerns. Don’t expect Dalian to be a resort, though. It is a typical chinese city with plenty of traffic. Also, I suggest you avoid August because it is too humid, hot, and muggy at that time.
    My chinese progressed greatly for my 3 months that I studied there. I am a a beginner student, but now I can converse on basic daily topics. This school is good for intermediate level as well.

  6. Patrick J Says:

    Was looking through reviews of Chinese language schools on Dalianxpat and found both your review and the link to this blog. Really really useful post, thanks a lot.

  7. christine Says:

    Hi. I was wondering if you knew where I might live if I studied here for 6 weeks. Could I find an apartment for that amount of time? Does the school have lodging? Most of their website is in Chinese (which I, sadly, can’t read in the slightest) and don’t know what it all says. Thanks!

  8. askory Says:

    Christine,

    From what I experienced, any apartment rental of less than 6 months you do have to pay somewhat of a premium. Even so, compared to the US or UK rates will seem quite cheap.

    If you attend Ruiwen, there are a lot of nice, modern apartment buildings within walking distance. The people at the school can help you find a place – they put me in contact with several places nearby, most of which were reasonable. Unless prices have changed wildly in the past 2 years, I think you could have your own studio in a modern building for 6 weeks for around US$600 or less. People aren’t that interested in renting for so short a time and that estimate does include the premium I mentioned.

    And yes, their website is very useful, but there are a few people there who can read and write enough English that you could email them and get some answers.

    I also tried going through a rental broker which found me some decent places too, but I don’t know off-hand which ones are going to speak English.

    Finally, you should try the http://www.dalianxpat.com/ forums – there may be people looking for roommates or subletters.

    Hope that helps!

  9. DaMing Says:

    Hey there,

    I’ve been learning Chinese at Austria University for 1 1/2 years before I came to Dalian. At the moment I am studying at Ruiwen. This is my second month there, so I can give an athentic view of the School.

    Let me start with something common: If you really want to dive into the Chinese Language there is no other way than studying at a school and/or university. As long as you are not a real Genius (or being married to a Chinese): Forget about learning it only by yourself.

    This being said, I have chosen Ruiwen as a private School (instead of a official University) because:

    I found most of the teachers really experienced at teaching Chinese to Foreigners, they are taking care of common mistakes, use pinyin where it’s necessary and explain to the point you really understand.

    The classes are really small (max 4 students): at the moment I have Grammar Class which is 1-1 and Spoken Language which is 1-4 (unless you are really good it makes no sense to have this one 1-1). You can also attend: Listening Class, Reading Classes and so on.

    The teachers are really flexible. For the 1-1: You can choose the book, the speed and time of the class. You can also switch teachers if you find it necessary (for example if you desperately need an English speaking one).

    The only thing that I am missing at Ruiwen is some Multimedia Stuff. A Tape Recorder for the Listening Class is as far as it gets. There are no computers, no beamers and no microphone-recording systems.

    Last but not least: The staff at Ruiwen is warm-hearted, encouraging and welcoming. I consider this very important, because they are also eager to help you finding your way through the City, searching Apartments (the school also has one) and so on. I found them open to any question I had.

    So go ahead and learn some Chinese ;-)

  10. meipie Says:

    Hi, i’ve been studying Chinese language in my country for more than a year and i feel that i don’t improve much.. i’ve been thinking to go to China for short of time (maybe a semester or a year) i wonder, is there in Dalian any university or private school that have scholarship program?

    if i go to Dalian Ruiwen private school, can i work part-time job there to support my financial living cost?? is there any part-time job there? thanks.

  11. askory Says:

    Hi, the only way I really know of to get a scholarship for studying Chinese in China would be to get that scholarship from a university in your home country. I knew some students who had scholarships like that.

    As far as part-time work, there are lots of teaching jobs in Dalian for people with advanced english skills, and there is some demand for teachers of other languages too, but it sometimes takes some time to arrange these jobs so you’d have to be able to survive until you found something. There are also visa considerations, because on a student visa you cannot legally work.

    I hope that’s helpful!

  12. Derek Says:

    Hello! I am considering studying this summer at the private school you mentioned. However, I’m a beginner and fear that I would not be able to interact as well in such an immersed environment. My other option is to stay in Beijing (where I will be attending Beijing Normal University). Could you offer some advice? I have studied Mandarin for only 3 months.

    Thanks!

  13. askory Says:

    Derek, the teachers at Ruiwen are very patient, and have taught people with well less then 3 months background in Mandarin. A few of the teachers have a minimum of English, for when you’re really stuck, but if you’re really serious about your studies you’ll really benefit from an fully immersive environment. Of course, that doesn’t answer the question of whether or not you’ll have a good time! I think that depends on how patient you are at the beginning, and at how out going you’ll be to find friends outside of school. Dalian is a great town with plenty of ex-patriot-friendly socializing, but if you’re in a tiny school like Ruiwen, you’ll have to find it on your own. Hope that helps.

  14. Karen Says:

    Hi: Is there a website for the school at Ruiwen? Would they cater to students who have previously studied Mandarin but need a refresher at the interm/advanced level? I’m interested in going to China to study for a year to improve my Mandarin skills for translation work. Thanks for any suggestions.

  15. askory Says:

    Karen, looks like the link I had for them is now dead. Google found me a new URL: http://www.ruiwen.org But, sadly that address is giving an internal server error! Maybe try the page again in a week or two?

    As far as your other questions, since they only do very small or even individual classes, I think no matter your situation (short of already being fluent :) they could cater to you.

  16. Hector Says:

    I have been taking online classes with one of the teachers at Ruiwen, Zhang Xiao Hua, so the school is still functioning as usual. I will ask her about their dead link website and when they plan to fix it.

  17. Hector Says:

    I found the new/updated website for Dalian Ruiwen language school. http://enshop.ebdoor.com/Shops/975279

  18. Hector Says:

    I spoke with the school administrator/teacher, Zhang Laoshi, and the following week she had the school website fixed. So now, the school website is back online. The web address is: http://www.ruiwen.org/english.jsp Ruiwen has a separate website that targets Japanese students. http://baishi.p1.bindsite.jp/ruiwen/

  19. Phil Says:

    Hector, thanks for the link!
    I am looking at Ruiwen as well as a few other smaller, private language schools. They do not look like they can provide student visas. How did you get around this? I’m looking at potentailly teaching English to get a work visa, but I’ve saved up and can afford to just study and definitely want to avoid the bigger universities! Unless the bigger unversities have an open enrollment where I can get a visa and take courses elsewhere….?

  20. askory Says:

    Hi Phil,

    When I was there, Ruiwen was able to get student visas if you would be studying there for at least a month or so. If they can’t get visas any more, then the rules must have changed quite a bit. And of course if you want to study for less time than that, you could just get a tourist visa. Also, when I was there, it was much easier to get a student visa through Ruiwen than it was to get a work visa to teach English; I had several friends who had considerable difficulty getting work visas.

  21. Carmelo Biesheuvel Says:

    Good post. I spent some time here really liked the place.

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