One of the
benefits we offer to our students is a free language exchange.
Learning in our classrooms and being immersed in a Mandarin speaking
city like Kunming will undoubtedly do a lot to improve students'
language skills. However, for a lot of students, a one-on-one
exchange of Chinese for English with local students can do a lot to
supplement their language learning while they are studying with us.
There is simply no better way to practice ones listening and
speaking skills than by having regular conversations with a native
Another benefit of language exchange is that
students have the opportunity to meet their Chinese peers.
What better way to make a new friend than working together to
improve each others skills in a foreign language? In addition
to improving their Chinese skills, students who choose to
participate in our language exchange will get a personal in-depth
education on Chinese culture and Kunming's local customs. But
most importantly, having a language partner provides students with a
fantastic opportunity to make a friend who can open up a whole new
set of possibilities
for them. Having friends in the local community
is not only the best way to improve ones language skills but also
the best way to ensure that you have a fun time while you are
In many ways, language exchange is at the
center of what Minds Abroad is all about. We feel that
classroom learning should not be the entire focus of study abroad.
The opportunity to get out in the community, make new friends, and
get a feel for what Chinese society is really like is what students
must take advantage of if they are to make the most of their study
abroad experience. For these reasons, we feel that language
exchange is a perfect gateway to China for international students.