Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many hours of Chinese Courses does it take to learn to speak Mandarin fluently?
A: Progress varies from student to student. Learning Mandarin like with learning all other languages requires as much exposure to the language as possible. A student who practises more outside of classroom time will progress faster than a classmate who doesn't. In the early stages of learning, the audio podcasts that comes with our school's textbook is extremely helpful for learning how to vocalise certain Chinese words.
Our Beginners courses Red One and Two provides essential knowledge for when a student travels to China, and so after completing this course, he or she should be able to at least shop and bargain and order basic dishes in Chinese. Our Advanced Courses are held totally in Mandarin and are for students who already speak Mandarin fairly fluently.
Q: Can I take another course in the week if I miss out on my regular class?
A: All students are more than welcome to take any of the other classes we have running during the week if they have missed out on their regular classtime. If they can't attend any of the classes that same week, they are then welcome to take up the same lesson again in the following term, subject to the same class running.
Q: How is your Chinese course different to others?
A: Our classes vary quite a bit from other courses.
Firstly the class size is kept small. We only accept a maximum of 10 students per class. This is to ensure that students have optimal practise in speaking and listening in class.
Secondly, our classes are focussed on dialogue. This is not to say that we don't teach Chinese characters. We do and we think that they are very important, but as there is only 2 hours of class per week, we spend some time with characters, but most of the time in class is devoted to getting students confident enough to speak Mandarin.
Lastly, it is imperative to us that we teach in a fashion that best supports students who are learning Chinese Mandarin as a second or foreign language. We are very aware that Chinese students learn differently from foreign students, and hence all teachers are trained to teach in a different manner, a manner that engages our students and also helps retention.
Q: Which should I learn Mandarin or Cantonese?
Mandarin is the common language of all Chinese people, which means movies, TV shows, news, etc are conducted in Mandarin. Cantonese is only spoken in Hong Kong and in the very southern tip of China.
Q: How do I enrol?
A: To Enrol, please call us or send us an email with your enrolment details as found in the last page of our Newsletter so we can hold a spot for you for the next couple of days. Please note that this is part of the process is important as we only have limited places in each class.
To confirm your placement, you will either need to send us a cheque or money order or if you prefer internet banking, please let us know and we will provide you with the School's bank account details. The link button below will take you to our email enrolment form.