Bridging the Gap China
93% Rating
(3 Reviews)

Bridging the Gap China

We provide specially designed courses which combine Mandarin learning with traveling around China, predominantly the Yunnan province.

Our teachers travel with students throughout the course providing the ultimate environment for Mandarin learning. Within the course there is a mixture of formal classroom lessons and informal tuition outside the classroom.

In order to get a grasp of the language and culture, we feel it is of paramount importance that students experience 'Real China', hence the reason we have chosen Yunnan province as the main spot for traveling. Yunnan provides the greatest ethnic diversity of all China's provinces, it has the best climate, most spectacular scenic spots and also has great food!

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George
Male
24 years old
Kunming, yunnan, china

Absolutely fantastic. I definately recommend going!

9/10

Great programme. Before coming out i was fairly nervous about how i would cope; however, from both an organisational and teaching perspective, i needn't have feared!

I spent two months in china: one in kunming, and the other travelling around yunnan. During this time, i was housed in excellent hostels; had a personal tutor who was exceptional and clearly found teaching mandarin to be his vocation; got to your around the most beautiful province of china; and generally had a really great time.

If I was ever in any difficulties, either my tutor, callan, or the english ex-pats who ran the shop, mark and john, would be immediately on the phone to sort it out.

Don't be fooled by the online pessimists: learning mandarin is possible, especially if you go about by living the language and culture. For this reason, bridging the gap china is a fantastic choice. In just under two months, i have learnt mandarin to a far-better-than-just-the-basics level: that is to say, I can hold a conversation and am in a genuine position to express my opinions in complex sentences. The reason for this is without a doubt my tutor, who gave me a fantastic insight into the Chinese language and the Chinese culture.

Many thanks to mark, john and callan for the experience with which they provided me!

How can this program be improved?

One thing: scrap Beijing! To any of you who go out to china expecting Beijing to be the archetype of Chinese culture: it isn't! Yunnan is an incredible place; if you are going just as a small group, I should suggest that you miss out Beijing and spend more time there.

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Tom
Male
24 years old
Oxford, UK
University of Oxford

So much fun, and so useful

10/10

We travelled round Yunnan, one of the most beautiful provinces in China, with tutoring in the mornings and visiting sites in the afternoons. I was up to a pretty good standard of Mandarin by the end of just a month, and have come away with some really fantastic memories. The tutors/guides Cellan and Jimmy were great fun, and had some pretty good chat as well. If you're going to visit China and want to learn Chinese from scratch, I cannot recommend this highly enough. The most stunning scenery, lovely people and really productive lessons.

How can this program be improved?

Spend longer out there, to really get good at the Mandarin. 1 month only gives you a basis.

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Fergus
Male
24 years old
Glasgow.
University of Glasgow

Review for BtGC

9/10

I had an incredible time with BtGC. I found the staff to be excellent and the teaching standard very high. The price was actually cheaper than a lot of other company's. Furthermore, after running in too trouble loosing my phone our guide/teacher went beyond what I would have expected of him to help me. We traveled to several lovely locations and saw things that I will remember for my entire life. I heartily recommend a trip to china and found BtGC and excellent company to do it with.

How can this program be improved?

The program is what you make of it. I personally have no complaints and had a great time. You need to be able to do some work for a relatively stress free teaching experience for you and the teacher. Choose your traveling companions wisely.

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