Learn the tea-lexicon

Chinese language for tea

A new course to start learning Chinese

We designed this new course based on the passionate requests of many tea drinkers and our students, to bring you more and more into the beauty of the Chinese language.
We will study the basics of the language by completing the HSK 1 level course, using vocabulary as much as possible referring to tea.
At the end of the course you will be able to hold a basic conversation in Chinese language, and to express your daily needs.
The course has been thought and planned by Vivian Zhang and Mrs. Linda Liang, a teacher wit 20+ years of experience currently employed at the Spanish Confucius Institute.
The course is held twice per week, for a total of 30 hours, and each class is taught online by Mrs. Liang.

Call for interest

The second edition of our Chinese course is planned for Autumn-Winter 2024; write us and let us know your favorite period of the year and time slot.


Classes are held online through Zoom, and in case for any reason you can't attend to one or more classes, you will receive a recording.
We will use audio / video and a live chat, to sum up the keywords of each lesson and your questions during the course, and we will share a presentation with words and photos with your private screens.

After each class we share our presentations for self study, the chat log, and some audio files to help you to review the most important words and their pronunciation.

Call for interest

Next session, fall 2024

The second edition of our Chinese course is planned for Autumn-Winter 2024; write us and let us know your favorite period of the year and time slot.

Book and info

Other learning paths

Chazi // Tea Seeds

Our introduction to Chinese teas, with 5 lessons and 20 teas. The focus is on brewing, ceremony and ceramics.
The course is designed both passionate and connoisseurs. 

Course info

Xiaoye // Small-leaf

A long-term course on Chinese teas and terroir, with elements of Chinese language: the beginning of your independent travel into Chinese leaves and markets. 

Course info

Daye // Big-leaf

The official in-depth course to become a tea professional in China: we introduce advanced theory and tasting practices, with a final exam. It requires the Small-leaf course.

Course info


After ten years since the beginning of our journey, first as tea travelers and then as producers, we want to offer a solid structure to our words, and pave the path for all tea enthusiasts. We designed an educational program to enrich the knowledge and awareness on tea and to train future tea professionals, with the purpose to form skilled, conscious and critical tea drinkers, ready to keep improving and take an active part in the growing global industry of fine tea.


Director of education

Vivian Zhang is a tea master who graduated at the highest level from the Chinese Tea Academy, after attending courses in Beijing and completing her specialization in Kunming. In 2014 she became a tea producer after founding her company, Eastern Leaves, on mount Nannuo in Yunnan. Over the years, she has added the various degrees of the official training on tea - from the ceremony to the cultivation - to her liberal education in Ancient Chinese Literature. In 2016 she graduated with a Master degree in Food and Beverage Management, at Bocconi University in Milan. Together with Eastern Leaves, she divides her life between the mountains in Yunnan and her international travels, where she shares her experiences and the tea leaves she brings from her native land.

Contact Vivian


Upon passing the exam at the end of the Daye-Big Leaf level, a unique certificate in "Chinese Tea Taster and Connoisseur", legally registered with the Chinese Federation, will be issued by All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives, Kunming headquarters.Students in possession of said certificate are able to judge and accurately describe teas with respect to their own terroir, to brew tea as a professional, to trace the production techniques, and finally to understand and actively participate to market quotations.

Further information