In Celebration of the Year of the Monkey

2016 Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey banner with colorful hipster…

Mandarin Chinese can be heard in Malaysia, Singapore, China and in Chinatowns around the world; in fact, close to 1 billion people across the globe speak it! Learning Mandarin Chinese is not as difficult as you may think. You don’t need to conjugate verbs, master verb tenses or distinguish between singular and plural nouns.

Former Lane Community College instructor Jen Jen Hwang-Shum is offering beginning and intermediate Chinese evening classes this winter. Learn both the written and spoken forms of the language.

If the artistic approach to Chinese is more your speed, Hwang-Shum will also be teaching Chinese Brush Calligraphy, which explores ancient character writing on Saturday mornings.

Discover even more about Chinese culture on a trip to Portland’s Lan Su Garden during the Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb. 19. Take a tour of the garden, see the lion dance and take in a few demonstrations before lunch at a popular Chinese restaurant.