Chinese is spoken by more than a billion people, making it the world’s most widely used language. Today, an estimated one out of every five people on the planet speaks Chinese. More than five million people in North and South America alone speak Chinese! At Sēn Lín Hú 森林湖, our Chinese Language Village, you’ll learn Mandarin Chinese in a fun, supportive environment, led by native and expert speakers who will encourage you as you practice tàijíquán (Tai Chi), take part in cultural activities like the famous duānwǔjié (dragon boat festival) and explore your creative side with cultural art like shūfǎ (calligraphy) and làrǎn (batik). Discover Chinese language and culture right here in Minnesota at Sēn Lín Hú.
From our flagship summer youth camps to family programs and adults-only sessions, Concordia Language Villages provides a lifetime of language learning and cultural adventure. Find the program that’s right for you!
Duration: 1 Week | 2 Weeks | 4 Weeks
Our flagship Language Village camps where language comes to life. A fully immersive cultural experience.
Keep your Language Village experience going all year long with our Virtual Clubs, Classes and High School Credit programs.
Choose from a variety of programming options including Conversation Hours, Classes and more, for ages 18+.
Special programming for school groups and language educators. Introduce your students to cultural immersion or advance your own education!
Training for military, healthcare and corporate clients, with customizable programming designed to bridge cultures and break language barriers.
A global outlook is important for success in the domestic and international arena. Concordia Language Villages offers customized corporate, government and military training programs to meet the specific needs of our clients.More Information
Need-based scholarships are available for Chinese summer youth immersion sessions through the Passport Fund. Scholarships are based on a family’s adjusted gross income, number of dependents and the length of the session.
Additionally, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a $1,000 stipend for Minnesota students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.
Sēn Lín Hú has had several homes over the years including Camp Minne-Wa-Kan (Cass Lake, Minn.) and Maplelag Resort (Callaway, Minn.). In October 2022, 森林湖・Sēn Lín Hú, lost all its culturally authentic materials, printed curriculum and program supplies that were collected and built over its almost 40-year history in a tragic fire at Maplelag Resort, home to Sēn Lín Hú for the last decade.
Thanks to the generosity of our community and alumni, the hard work of our staff and colleagues and with the cooperation of Concordia College in Moorhead, Sēn Lín Hú was housed on Concordia’s campus for the 2023 summer season. Planning is underway to determine the location for Sēn Lín Hú in 2024 and beyond.
Read more about our professional staff at Sēn Lín Hú, our Chinese Language Village.
Noah 米诺安 Mǐ Nuò Ān Smith began studying Mandarin in middle school and has since studied in immersive high school and grad school programs in Beijing and Nanjing. He has worked at Sēn Lín Hú since high school and has been dean since 2023. He holds a graduate certificate in China-U.S. studies from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University. Outside of camp, he enjoys practicing and performing guitar and playing ultimate frisbee.
PinTsen Shih has worked as a credit teacher and a credit facilitator at Sen Lin Hu since 2022. PinTsen enjoys working at Concordia Language Villages and is looking forward to gaining more teaching experience at the Language Villages.
Concordia Language Villages staff may speak a Village language, creatively teach culture, work and play hard. They also develop skills and qualities that will make them excellent employees in any field.