Apologies in advance for any aspect of this question that has been beaten to death before. I really did scan the forum archive but didn’t quite find the answers I was looking for.
I live in Arizona and am married to a Taiwanese woman (6 Years (duration, not age)) During that time I’ve spent about 4.5 months in Taipei in roughly 1 month increments.
I’ve studied two years of Mandarin here in Arizona - where classes are not only few and far between, but are also not very comprehensive, usually only amounting to 3 hours per week. My vocabulary is limited, but by the time I reach the end of a 1 month stay, I can usually order food at a MOS Burger and know when someone is talking about me.
In short, I can’t speak Mandarin, but, I’m not unfamiliar with it in form, grammar and pronunciation.
On my last trip, I began to research language schools, but it was Chinese New Year, and the timing wasn’t right for me to get into any formal schools.
Later in 2005, I will be coming to Taipei again. We’re bringing our soon-to-be born second child over to visit family. I’m theoretically entitled to 3 months paternity leave (although 2 months is more realistic) and am hoping that I can employ my time towards classes. The dates and length of the trip are not yet fixed, I can tailor them around classes if I can find them. As I’m not “working” per se during the trip, I can also take classes on most any schedule.
Although the area doesn’t matter so much as I can get around town fairly well, I stay across Hsiensen (is it XinSheng these days?) Rd from Ta An Park.
Having said all that, does anyone have any recommendations on effective short courses that might fit that kind of bill? (The ones I’ve seen haven’t really addressed the issue of my limited time, hence this post.)
I’ve also noticed that some of the classes seems to only take place when they have enough students and/or the price decreases with more students. Is there anyone out there that might be at a similar skill level who might be interested in taking a class later this year?