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Chinese Language Academy of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

(424) 281-0125

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11150 W Olympic Blvd #1120 Los Angeles, CA, 90064
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  • Sue Hamilton 256 days ago

    Nihau! CLA is truly a gift to Los Angeles! The instructors are excellent at what they do, and are patient, kind and super intelligent. The classes are small and allow for a great deal of student attention and focus. The CLA method of training is fast, inspired and FUN! As I work in China a few times a year, I am eagerly looking forward to returning so I can put my new learnings into practice with my Chinese speaking friends. What are you waiting for? CLA is awesome! Sign up now and xie xie ni!

  • Anastas Belev 261 days ago

    I went to a language high school in Bulgaria where I learned Spanish to a fully bilingual level, so I was pretty disappointed with the language teaching in the US when I studied French in college. Unlike that experience, the CLA surprised me with its thorough approach to teaching, by focusing on every aspect of the language, not just the conversational. Obviously you can't learn a ton in 16 hours, especially of a language as complex as Mandarin, but I do feel like I got a strong base that I can build on through higher level courses. My teacher Sarah was great and provided us with an insight not only into the language but also into the culture and ways of thinking of Chinese people. My only critique would be that the class felt rushed at times and I wish we had a few more hours to go over the cultural notes in the textbook and have more time to freely practice the vocabulary and structures we learned. I'm looking forward to my next level!

  • Bill Wilkin 414 days ago

    You can't ask for a better place to learn Chinese. Whether you are learning for business or pleasure, CLA is a great place to learn. I am not naturally good at learning languages and their professors were able to create an environment where I didn't feel stupid. I look forward to the next level class. If you want to be able to communicate with a BILLION more people, then this is the place for you.

  • Mihir Kelkar 473 days ago

    I took the 16 hour class here and was pleasantly surprised at how much of Mandarin I could understand in 4 weeks. The staff is courteous, professional and engaging. The teachers make sure that you understand the finer cultural nuances in the language along with the grammar and syntax of it. In general , this has been a great experience.

  • Linda Roane 589 days ago

    Through my work I had the privilege of being trained by the Chinese Language Academy. I can't say enough about the instructors from academy that came to my work place for two months. What they conveyed to us was not just the training of a language but equally as important they opened a window into a culture, showing us how we really do have so much in common. This enabled us to convey with humility a respect for our Chinese visitors and their history. It can be daunting at first when approaching a language such as Mandarin, but what the instructors from the academy were able to do was to break it down with a simplicity making it fun to learn. They gave us many tools to work with such as work sheets, sound charts, a manual, and videos that we could easily access from home for further study. As a result, I have been successful in my verbal exchanges with our Chinese visitors enriching their time here in the United States.

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