Thanks so much for sharing this - I’ve been looking for something like this! I’m currently somewhere between HSK3-4 but lack the opportunity to practice my speaking so it’s not great. Do you think this would be suitable for a non confident speaker? Or would it be most beneficial to someone near fluency?
Thanks in advance for any advice based on your experience.
There was actually a vast mixture of speakers from complete beginner to more advanced. I think at HSK3-4 you’d slot in absolutely perfectly.
The Chinese speakers we had were super patient and some really made an effort to tailor the conversations to the level. I think you are the sort of person who would benefit the most from it given you current level.
One tip if you do book up - spend two weeks before really cramming information and listening to podcasts and media. I cannot tell you how big a difference this made for me.
When you are there - listen to what the natives say and to mimic them. A good example - they all used 基本上 a lot (meaning generally). Typically I don’t use it, but after hearing it so much I’ve shoe-horned it into my daily conversations now. Little things can make a big difference.
Hi Jemma, thanks for your comment. I’m Mischa, co-founder and organisor of Mandarin Retreat. To reiterate what Max said, rest assured you would be fully supported on our retreats and we make sure all levels are catered for.
If you’re interested, we offer a 30 minute Zoom call with our organisers to go through what to expect from the weekend and answer any queries you might have! If so feel free to drop me an email on [email protected]
I followed your weekend at Mandarin Retreat on Instagram and it looked very interesting. Seemed it was not only about the immersive use of language but also the culture! Once I’m back in Europe it surely sounds like a great way to practice speaking Chinese in a fun way!
Hi Stefanie, you hit the nail on the head! We aim to give our retreaters a full on cultural experiences with activities lead by our teachers including calligraphy, dumpling making and mahjong. If you’re interested you can subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with future retreat dates: Subscribe - Mandarin Retreat