Thank you very much again for the wonderful conversation course. I enjoyed the course very much and learned a lot, especially I could improve my pronunciation and express myself better in Chinese now. (H. Koch)
Excellently prepared and presented, taught in a calm manner and patiently explained. There was opportunity to practise words, tones, sentences and Chinese characters. Gratefully received.
Was really fun. Great introduction to Chinese. I will stay tuned and have already signed up for the next course. Thank you very much!
I am very happy that our course continues via video conferencing. Since the end of April, we have been learning in a virtual classroom. This works excellently. For me, there is no difference to a face-to-face exchange on site. Our teacher Xin Liu is always excellently prepared and the technology works great. I can only recommend it.
As a long-time student in the Confucius Institute's "conventional" classes, I was admittedly skeptical at first as to whether the high quality of these classes could be maintained in a virtual environment. The first trial lesson with online teaching showed that some of my concerns were indeed true: unfamiliar environment, initial operating difficulties with the technology - despite the ZOOM video conferencing software being well suited for the purpose - , etc..
However, already in the first regular lesson it became apparent that thanks to the excellent lecturer many of the disadvantages were made up for. This was achieved by what I consider to be a perfect adaptation of the teaching to this new medium, for example through the targeted use of the Internet (videos, etc.), undisturbed group work in virtual rooms and a learning speed adapted to the medium. The operating difficulties have already disappeared the 2nd time, but the concerns have given way to a great enthusiasm for this new offer. I have already signed up for the next online class.
I have always been very satisfied with every course and can recommend the evening courses of the Confucius Institute to anyone who is professionally involved with China or, like me, is interested in Chinese culture and language. Each lecturer has a different focus. After a few years, all areas are comprehensively covered: grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking skills, regional studies (concerning ancient China and modern China). I particularly enjoy the so-called "Chengyu Gushi", which students can listen to and read twice a week. They are suitable for every language level. You can read and listen to them in Chinese as well as in German.
Ms. Naixian Zhao is always prepared for class efficiently and presents the previous lesson very effectively in a short review. She is always open to questions before the start of class and helpful. Her style is characterized by a harmonious and positive atmosphere with a humorous tone. I have learned a lot in a short time with Ms. Naixian Zhao.
She [ZHAO Naixian] is not only a very good teacher, but also an extremely dedicated one. You can tell that she really enjoys teaching and that language teaching is not just "a job" for her, but her vocation. Her lessons are entertaining, fun and she also gives a lot of interesting additional information. Also, she motivates the students and responds individually to the knowledge of each one. In addition, she understands how to take away the shyness of speaking and that it is not bad if you make mistakes as a beginner. I have rarely experienced such pleasant and great language lessons! (Michaela J.)
Ms Zhang Ying competently accompanied our daughter Anna’s Chinese language studies from the age of six all the way to her high school graduation (Abitur), both in group courses and individual lessons. Ms Zhang not only adjusted the lessons to the respective age and learning speed of the student, she also managed to help maintain motivation. She managed to do this not least because of her friendly nature, her patience and her personal commitment. Ms Zhang’s exceptional commitment was not only obvious during her lessons, but also in the fact that she was always available to the parents when assistance or advice was needed, for example when they wanted to discuss or implement individual support options or alternative lessons.
Ms Zhang was always well prepared for the lessons, punctual and her teaching style characterised by a calm and positive learning environment. (...)
The kids really enjoy it and I think it's remarkable how the instructor manages to motivate the three kids late on a Thursday afternoon so that they are enthusiastic and have fun! :-) Sometimes they are still totally motivated to do their Chinese homework right after the lesson. The progress the children have already made in this short time is also admirable and makes us very happy! Thank you very much! (Patricia B.)
Well-structured virtual classes, very engaging teachers who addressed all questions and also made a point of providing insights into local knowledge and culture.
The course was very well structured and our teacher was always extremely well prepared. The materials (PowerPoint presentations) were clear and structured. The teacher addressed all questions in detail and took enough time to do so. It was always a great pleasure to learn Chinese at the Confucius Institute.
The city library Neuaubing is currently being rebuilt, so we’re visiting the children of the district in their schools and other institutions. In January 2019, Ms Shen and Mr Li were invited by the Munich city library Neuaubing to visit a primary school and hold a calligraphy workshop for a fourth grade class. Using numerous examples, they clearly showed how Chinese characters developed from original pictorial representations. The children were also able to try writing with brush and ink. Ms Shen and Mr Li had all the required materials with them and explained how to hold the brush correctly. It was a little tricky, but a lot of fun. Personally, I was really interested in what we learned about how the characters developed. We liked the event so much that we’ve already booked another calligraphy workshop in a school for next year!
It's great that the Chinese Film Festival of the Confucius Institute Munich has been moved into the virtual world this year! Thanks to the possibility of accessing the majority of the films online video-on-demand, I was able to watch several films during the rainy film festival week: "Wrath of Silence" and "Bloody Daisy" are well-directed crime thrillers, which have a particularly dark effect due to the filming locations in the rural and mining-dominated north of the country. "The Village of No Return" is a must-see for fans of crotesque comedies. Especially in the Corona-influenced year 2020, you sometimes wish you had a forgetting machine yourself.
The variety of films at the festival was very exciting! I watched very different films and thus got to know many aspects of Chinese culture. I experienced interesting people with their stories and saw great landscapes. Thank you!