Survival Mandarin

If you require a more intensive learning experience or have only a few weeks before your trip to China for your essential business trip or a dream holiday, this is the program for you. It focuses on practical language skills and Chinese culture, helping you to pick up the basics and increase your confidence quickly, so you can make the most of your time in China. These courses are suitable for complete beginners, with no prior language skills.

Length1-8 weeks
Proficiency LevelsBeginners
ClassOne-to-one or small group or Corporate
Start DateAny time
Lesson Structure2 hours session, 2-3 per sessions per week
LocationOur office or yours
What is your goal?Exam Certificates

It covers some elements of Beginners language program and some elements of Intercultural Workshops.

For the language part, you have a Language overview to understand Chinese language formation, sound make up and written. Then, learn some essential words and phrases for ordering food and taxi, numerals for money, date and time, and emergency, not forgetting to learn the art of shopping and bargaining in China.

For Chinese culture part, you will learn

  • China's 500 years long history, major events that effected and shaped the culture to the contemporary political, social and economic environment
  • Core values and beliefs in China, why Chinese people behaviours thet way they do?
  • What is Public and what is Private, Insiders and Outsiders?
  • Religious beliefs and philosophers
  • Status and hierarchy in society
  • Etiquettes
  • What is lucky numbers and colours?
  • Chinese names
  • Communication style verbal and bady languages
  • Sensitive conversation topics you should avoid that may embarrass or make people feel uncomfortable
  • Customs for births, weddings, deaths and other special occasions
  • Traditions and Celebrations. When not to travel in China?