Want to Learn the Most Widely Spoken Language in the World? Now You Can!


The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to announce a new language learning program for adults coming soon to the library this spring. Starting April 16, this series of free classes will offer community members the opportunity to learn to read, write, and speak Mandarin Chinese from a native speaker.

The Mandarin Chinese for Beginners class will introduce students to basic vocabulary and phrases using Chinese pinyin – writing and reading phonetically using the Romanized alphabet. Students will also learn how to read and write simple Chinese characters. The class will run for 8 weeks from April 16 through June 4, meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 at the Hudson Area Library, located at 400 State Street in Hudson.

The class will be lead by Shi Wen “Wendy” Kanel who grew up in the city of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province located along the Southeast coast of China. Kanel moved to the United States in 2002 and has been a staff member of the library since 2006.

The Mandarin Chinese for Beginners class is designed for adults ages 18 and up. Space is limited and registration is required.  To learn more or to sign up, contact the Hudson Area Library at 518-828-1792.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is an advocacy and support group dedicated to the increasing public awareness, literacy, and services of the Library.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and proceeds from its fundraising go to the library for the acquisition of books and other media and for the development and delivery of the library’s services.

For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, contact the library at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook at Friends of the Hudson Area Library and Like us.