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 LevelBeginners
ClassOne-to-one, Small Group or Corporate
Start DateAny time
Lesson Structure2 hours session, 2-3 per sessions per week
LocationOur office, your office or your home
What is your goal?Exam Certificates

This programme covers some elements of Beginners language program and some elements of Intercultural Workshops.

For the language segment, the programme takes you through a Language Overview to understand Chinese language formation, sound make-up and written language. Following the overview, you will learn some essential words and phrases such as:

  • ordering food and taxis
  • numerals for money
  • date and time
  • emergencies
  • the essential art of shopping and bargaining in China.

For the Chinese culture segment, you will learn about:

  • China's 5000 year-long history, including major events that affected and shaped the culture to its contemporary political, social and economic environment
  • Core values and beliefs in China: why do Chinese people behave in the way that they do?
  • What is public and what is private? Who are insiders and who are outsiders?
  • Religious beliefs and philosophers
  • Status and hierarchy in society
  • Etiquette
  • Which numbers and colours are lucky? Why?
  • Chinese names
  • Communication style - verbal and body language
  • Sensitive conversation topics to avoid that may embarrass or make people feel uncomfortable
  • Customs for births, weddings, deaths and other special occasions
  • Traditions and Celebrations. When shouldn't you travel in China?