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What is Reading in Chinese?

When mentioning the hobbies, we often ask people around us like 你喜欢看什么书?. However, the foreigners who learn Mandarin should realize that here 看 is not the same as reading as we say. The difference lies in the emphasis. When we say 看, we mean the visual perception, emphasizing the casual reading while 读 stresses to learn and understand the meaning. Some foreign students who learn Mandarin may know that the definition of reading in the Contemporary Chinese Dictionary is 看并领会其内容.

Therefore, it is clear that we will fail to do reading without 看 but it is also not equal to reading. Besides the visual 看, students who learn Chinese language should pay more attention to understand the meanings. Therefore, reading consists of visual activity and mental activity. Of course, the objects for reading are not limited in books and magazines. When you learn Mandarin, you should regard all kinds of practical texts like instructions and directions and advertisements as the objects to read. Therefore, reading should be the activity to understand the message conveyed from the materials.

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Rients | Netherlands

Small Group Chinese Class

Kunming is a great place to learn Chinese because not many Chinese on the street speak English. Keats has been a great school for me and a lot of other foreigners who studied in china recommended it to me. I think they are all right. The study method here is really structured. They make learning Chinese really easy. There are also a lot of cultural and natural places to visit.

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Andrew | USA

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I am a graduate student working on my doctor degree at Columbia University. We were able to really focus on speaking especially interview  style speaking and we are able to really up my reading and writing, so when I go back to Columbia, I can take formal classes.  It has been a really good experience and I really love my teacher.

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Viktor | Switzerland

Small Group Chinese Class

My school is amazing. I recommend Keats School because it is a more convenient way to learn Chinese here in Kunming.

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Amauri | USA

Small Group Chinese Class

The teachers at Keats know how to read the students. They know the level of the students. I am a slow learner, but they managed to adapt to my learning. They made the class very fun, very exciting. I am pleased that not only I got to learn the culture and the language, I got to make amazing friends, really unbelievable, Chinese friends and European friends, American friends, from all over the world.

Ramji | USA

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

The best part of the school is the patience the instructors had and the time to focus on the fundamentals like pronunciation. I think it is very easy to skip over those and go to vocabulary. But by learning the pronunciation, I feel like it helped me gain a better understanding of the language.

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Robert | Netherlands

Small Group Chinese Class

Since last semester, we started studying Chinese at Keats. It was the best choice we can ever make. It is a really good school. The classes are a lot of fun, you learn a lot, but very interactive, so you talk a lot which means it is not just books and writing. Kunming is a really pleasant city to live, especially if you compare it to other cities in the east. If you like to travel, if you like to study Chinese in a fun way, Keats is the place for you.

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Richard | UK

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

This is my second time coming. Last year, I also came for about 12 weeks. This time I came for 13 weeks. The reason why I particularly want to come to this school was because of the one-on-one classes. I was able to increase my level and learn more quickly than group classes. If I have a chance again to come next year, I certainly will.

Joleen | Germany

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

About studying here, I think the living condition is very convenient, because the dorm is very close to the classroom. Our teachers really enjoy teaching Chinese. They are also very passionate. Compared with other cities in China, Kunming has really good weather.

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