Would you like to learn more about China?

Would you like to learn more about China?

March 15, 2021
Breaking News! Also interesting for NT2 students. If you would like to attend presentations about China in Dutch, read on to the end of this blog post!


Kickstart School is committed to providing high quality Chinese courses and together with a team of three teachers we have already taken the necessary steps to achieve this. The courses are running and the first exams have already been passed by the first batch of students. The lesson plans are written, the handouts made, KickstartNet set up and the marketing machine is running. In short, things are going well. But there is more!

How nice would it be to find out more about the cultural differences between East and West! And to gain some more insight into the rich history of China. And how helpful and interesting it is to see what the similarities and differences are in how we do business!

In order to give shape to these interesting aspects that are part of learning a language, Kickstart School has initiated contact with a language school in Beijing that specializes in giving tours and making presentations on cultural and other current topics. This school is called China Inside and is led by Monique Groeneveld with the collaboration of Inge Jansen.

Monique is a historian and China expert and usually lives 10 months of the year in Beijing and 2 months in the Netherlands. She is now stranded by Corona but her school is still active in making presentations. Inge Jansen is a sinologist and has lived in Beijing for over 10 years.

During Corona times, the presentations happen via Zoom and the timing is geared towards people in the Netherlands. The topics vary (see below). The presentations are mainly given in Dutch, an English series will run later in the year.

Through this cooperation Kickstart can offer its students the opportunity to learn a lot about life in China (in the past and now) and also to dream away and step out of their daily routine. These presentations are not only interesting for our Chinese students but also for NT2 students who already have a B1-B2 level to make sure their Dutch level is high enough to follow the presentation.

Kickstart will cover the costs for attending one of these presentations as a bonus for our students in these difficult Corona times.


The agenda is as follows:


Tuesday, March 30

Forbidden City in Beijing 600 years!

This year it is 600 years ago that the Forbidden City in Beijing was officially opened by the Chinese emperor. Of course there is a lot to tell about this. We will take you on a tour of the enormous palace complex and tell you the ins & outs of 600 years of history. An extra long presentation on this historic site.

Time: 20.00-21.30 hours

Price: 9.00 Euros For Kickstart course participants it is free (0.00 Euro)


Thursday, April 8

10 things the Chinese do differently

Everyone is different and yet people who belong to the same culture often have a shared base. This is certainly also true for Chinese people and Chinese culture. In this presentation we discuss 10 things that are different in China than in our country, for example the lunar calendar and the script or the celebration of holidays such as Chinese New Year.

Time: 20:00-21:00

Price: 7.50 For Kickstart students it is free (0.00 Euro)


Thursday 15 & 22 April

Selection of World Heritage Sites in China

In China there are a total of 55 World Heritage sites. Among them are of course the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Army in Xi'an. This time, however, we have made a selection of a number of other places that may be less well known, but are certainly also worth visiting.

April 15: Buddhist caves; Longmen, Yungang & Mogao & the palaces outside the capital in Chengde and Changchun.

April 22: Classical China: the cities, Hangzhou & Suzhou and the Grand Canal

Time: 20:00-21:00

Price: 15 Euros for 2 presentations; For Kickstart course participants it is free (0.00 Euro)


Thursday, April 29

Chinese Symbolism

The Chinese culture is full of symbolism, and you see it everywhere in everyday life. During this lecture we will tell you more about endless knots, carp and goldfish and the omnipresent color red in China.

Time: 20:00-21:00 hours

Price: 7,50 Euro; For Kickstart students it is free (0,00 Euro)


Check out the website here.


How does it work for Kickstart students?

- Choose a subject

- Email Kickstart School

- Kickstart School arranges the payment and ensures that the login details will be sent.