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Mandarin Chinese

  • Mandarin Elementary Level
  • Mandarin Intermediate Level
  • Mandarin Advance Level

Introduction

Mandarin Elementary Course in Hong Kong is an introductory course designed for non-Chinese speakers who are interested in learning Chinese language, culture, and everything else, in this level, we will start from zero!

 

Objectives

This courses is designed for non Chinese speakers who cannot speak Mandarin or local Chinese and want to learn it as their second language. In this Elementary course you will be learning Chinese phonetic, survival phrases, daily useful expressions, basic Chinese characters, and basic Chinese culture and grammar.

 

Mandarin Elementary Course syllabus :

Lesson 1: Introduction of Chinese pronunciation system – Pinyin:

5 Tunes
Single finals: a o e i u ü ê er ,
Initial 1: b p m f d t n l g k h
Initial 2: zh ch sh r z c s j q x
Complex finals: ai ei ao ou (y) ia ie iao iu (w) ua uo uai uei üe
Nasal finals: an en in ang eng ing ong
Nasal finals: ian iang iong uan un uang ueng üan ün

  1. Hello there
  2. what country are you from
  3. Is that your book
  4. Where is the library?
  5. In the east of Peking University
  6. what time is it now
  7. Do you have any lessons tomorrow?
  8. What is your phone number
  9. How much is a bottle of your family a few people
  10. Beijing ‘s winter is colder
  11. what are you doing
  12. I went to the library to borrow books
  13. I like light colors

 

What you need to know about learning Mandarin:

Mandarin is a tonal language, we have 4 tones and 1 neutral tone in Mandarin
Mandarin uses simplified Chinese characters, while Hong Kong & Taiwan people use traditional characters.
Learning PinYin is an efficient way to learn Mandarin.

Objectives:

This Mandarin Intermediate Course is designed for students who have completed Mandarin Elementary Course and intend to continue their study in Mandarin. More sentence structures and vocabularies will be introduced in this level, students are required to understand at minimum 200 Chinese words.

 

Requirement:

Students who completed Mandarin Elementary Course or experienced in speaking conversational Mandarin before.
Minimum Chinese words: 200

 

Syllabus for Mandarin Intermediate Course:

Lesson 1

I prefer music more than you do
First,  (a) Beijing than Shanghai it
(b)I prefer music more than you do
(A) how to say it
(B) I still like classical music
(C) a great change in recent years
(D) Shanghai’s temperature is much higher than in Beijing
Fourth, the grammar (a) comparative sentence (a): “than” words
(B) the number of complements
(C) exclamation
Fifth, practice

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Mandarin Intermediate Course

  • How long do I need to get to Intermediate level from Beginner Level?
    Our Mandarin elementary course takes about 30 hours to complete, normally speaking, it takes about 2 months for you to get to Intermediate level
  • How long is the intermediate level course for Mandarin?
    Depending on your spend, if you take private lessons and pay more attention and practice more at home, you may learn faster, on average, students take 6 months to 2 years to complete this level.
  • Are we learning Chinese characters in this level?
    Yes, you will be learning up to 500-700 Chinese characters when you complete the course.
  • Can I speak fluently after completing the course?
    You will become more confident when speaking Chinese to your friends, colleagues or anybody else, for daily conversation, you will be able to communicate smoothly.
  • Is there any exam I can take to see my level?
    Yes. An official Chinese language proficiency exam is called HSK can be taken for your Mandarin, after this level, you will be able to take level 4 or 5 in HSK, which has total 6 levels.

Objectives:

The course is designed for students to improve their conversational skill, make sure their sentences are smooth and in rich content and nature, a lot of discussion topics will be used in this course to enhance their vocabulary levels, as well as listening skills.

 

Requirement:

Student with Intermediate level of Chinese or finished taking the Mandarin Intermediate courses
Known around 500-700 Chinese characters & familiar with grammar structure
Perfect in pronunciation and have a basic understanding of Chinese culture

 

Course syllabus:

  1. The first unit network era
    Warm-up activities
    Conversation
    1.1 The number of Chinese Internet users exceeded 100 million
    1.2 China’s “blog revolution”
    1.3 network times: BT changed the life
  2. The second unit of economic globalization
    Warm-up activities
    Conversation
    2.1 Haier company overseas
    2.2 Western fast food do as the Romans do
    2.3 The polarization brought about by globalization
    Unit 2 Supplementary Exercises

Chinese Writing

  • Writing Chinese - Elementary Level
  • Writing Chinese - Intermediate Level
  • Writing Chinese - Advance Level

Who should learn  Chinese character:

These courses are purposely designed for TWO kinds of people.- Oversea Chinese and foreigners with a strong Mandarin background.
A graphical way to catch with the learning of Chinese characters which introduces over 360 characters in cartoons, pinyin, common words using the characters and explanatory text. Good for students to help remember the images in basic, high-frequency characters, or for anyone seeking an introduction to written Chinese.

 

Course brief:

Introduction of Chinese Characters, history of Chinese Characters, Stroke sequences. The radicals of people, tree, water and fire. The radicals of grass, metal, rain and earth. Chinese characters recognition, Chinese Character writing, Reading short stories and Writing simple sentences

 

Course content:

It is designed for students who are eager to learn written Chinese with basic Chinese knowledge. Students will be exposed to a wide range of characters based on approximately 600 vocabulary items with related patterns and expressions.

 

Achievement:

After a 90 hours introduction lesson, student is expected to recognize 10 types of Chinese radicals, 300 Chinese characters, be able to read short stories and write simple sentences.

Who should learn  Chinese character:

These courses are purposely designed for TWO kinds of people.- Oversea Chinese and foreigners with a strong Mandarin background.
A graphical way to catch with the learning of Chinese characters which introduces over 360 characters in cartoons, pinyin, common words using the characters and explanatory text. Good for students to help remember the images in basic, high-frequency characters, or for anyone seeking an introduction to written Chinese.

 

Course brief:

Increase word bank: build your vocabulary by exploring connections among related words and characters Chinese Reading: read Chinese stories and articles on the topics that interest you.

Chinese Writing: develop more complicated stories, letters and technical writing skills

 

Course content:

For students who have completed Elementary written course or with equivalent competence in Chinese writing, emphasizing reading skills and writing comprehension, with more exposure to grammar points. Students will be trained to have language proficiency at sentence level.

 

Achievement:

Students are expected to know around 1200 intermediate level Chinese Characters in the 90 hours lessons which provide materials to help student to smooth their reading and writing skills. They shouldn’t have any problem when reading intermediate level Chinese stories and letters.

Who should learn  Chinese character:

These courses are purposely designed for TWO kinds of people.- Oversea Chinese and foreigners with a strong Mandarin background.
A graphical way to catch with the learning of Chinese characters which introduces over 360 characters in cartoons, pinyin, common words using the characters and explanatory text. Good for students to help remember the images in basic, high-frequency characters, or for anyone seeking an introduction to written Chinese.

 

Course brief:

Reading Skills: an advanced course designed to improve students’ reading skills through large quantities of material or long texts for global or general understanding, with the intention of obtaining pleasure from the text. Topic will be chosen the materials in your interests. Extensive reading is aimed at increasing your exposure to Chinese, consolidating previously learned and raising your reading speed.

 

Course content:

It is designed for students who have completed Intermediate written course or with equivalent competence in Chinese writing. Students will be exposed to a wide range of expressions based on approximately 3000 additional vocabulary items with related patterns and expressions.

 

Achievement:

After the 90 hours drill lesson, student will master Chinese reading and writing skills! They are expected to read and write fluently, accurately, and native likely..

Cantonese Chinese

  • Cantonese Chinese - Elementary Level
  • Cantonese Chinese - Intermediate Level
  • Cantonese Chinese - Advance Level

Introduction:

Cantonese Beginner Course is designed to familiarize the students with the use of daily expression with basic vocabulary and grammar points. Vocabulary introduced based on everyday conversations and daily usage. Real life settings are introduced such as Greetings, Numbers, Taking Transportation, Weather, Go shopping, Introducing family members and asking directions, etc.

 

Objectives:

Cantonese Beginner Course in Hong Kong is designed for non Cantonese speakers who have nothing in Cantoneseand want to learn it as their second language. Beginner courses included Cantonese phonetics, survival phrases, daily useful expressions.

 

Requirement:

Student with nothing or very limited Cantonese Chinese, English or Mandarin speakers

 

Instructor:

Local Hong Hong instructor with Master Degree in Teaching Chinese as a second language

 

Total hour:

30 (Level 1) + 30 (Level 2)

Course Syllabus: (Level 1 & 2)

◆Unit 1: Introduction of Cantonese Romanization System
An Overview of Cantonese Cantonese phonetic program

Lesson 1 Initials: b p m f d t n l

Lesson 2 Initials: gk gu ku ngh

Lesson 3 Initials: j q x z c s

Lesson 4 Initial consonant: yw

Lesson 5 Single vowel: aouiuee

Lesson 6 complex vowel: ai éi ao ou ui iu ei oi eo eu (V) n.

Lesson 7 nasal vowel: am em im an in ǖn on un en éng êng

Lesson 8 Rear nasal vowel: ab eb ib ad ed od ud id ǘd êd

Lesson 9 Front nasal vowel: ab eb ib ad ed od ud id ǘd êd

Lesson 10 Front vowel: ag eg og ug ig êg ég

Lesson 11 Tone

 

Course duration:

It is about a 10 week course: 90 min/session, 2 sessions/week

 

Course brief:

It is designed for non Chinese speakers who have nothing in Cantonese and want to learn Cantonese as their second language. It is to familiarize students with the use of basic vocabulary, grammar points based on everyday conversations including survival phases, daily useful expressions, basic Chinese characters, and basic Chinese culture.

 

Course content:

Introduction of Pinyin, Daily expressions, Greetings, Ask for direction, Order in a restaurant, How much/How many, Book a hotel, Numbers, Time and Date, Transportation, Appointment, I have a Chinese friend, Come to visit me…

 

Achievement:

Able to recognize about 270 Chinese words,
Able to use simple word to express oneself,
Able to survive with simple daily conversation.

Introduction:
Cantonese Intermediate Course is designed for the students who have already completed Cantonese Elementary level and intend to further improve their Chinese, it is to familiarize the expat students with the use of complex expression with high level vocabulary and grammar points. Vocabulary introduced based on complicated satiation.

 

Objectives:
The course designed to familiarize students with newly acquired vocabulary and grammar points through language tasks/activities and
contextualized exercises in real life setting through speaking, listening and writing. After taking this course, students are expected to know:

 

Requirement:

◆ Student with Elementary level of Chinese or finished taking the Cantonese Elementary courses
◆ Known around 300 Chinese characters & familiar with grammar structure
◆ Perfect in pronunciation and have a basic understanding of Chinese culture Course

 

Course duration:

It is about a 10 week course: 90 min/session, 2 sessions/week

 

Course brief:

It is focused on students’ fluency in speaking practice in real life settings, such as going to the airport, attending a wedding party, going to see movies, discussing travel plans, talking about hobbies etc. The course designed to familiarize students with newly acquired vocabulary and grammar points through language tasks/activities and conceptualized exercises in real life settings.

 

Course content:

Chapter 2: Grammatical similarities and differences between Cantonese and Mandarin
First, Cantonese inherent vocabulary and Mandarin vocabulary contrast
Second, Cantonese dialect words
Third, Cantonese commonly used tone words
Fourth, Guangdong, Mandarin Reduplication control
Fifth, Cantonese in the “lazy tone” phenomenon

Chapter 3 Quick Start Daily Life
Introduction
Lesson 2 Greetings
Lesson 3 To ask
Lesson 4 Telephone
Lesson 5 Banks
Lesson 6 Hotel
Lesson 7 Illness
Lesson 8 Coins and Numbers
Lesson 9 Time
Lesson 10 The Weather

 

Achievement:

Basic native-like conversations,
Recognize up to 450 Chinese characters,
Become familiar with Chinese grammar

Introduction:
Cantonese Advanced Course is designed for the students who have already completed Cantonese Intermediate level and intend to further improve their Chinese, it is to familiarize the expat students with the use of complex expression with high level vocabulary and grammar points. Vocabulary introduced based on complicated satiation.

 

Objectives:
The course designed to familiarize students with newly acquired vocabulary and grammar points through language tasks/activities and
contextualized exercises in real life setting through speaking, listening and writing. After taking this course, students are expected to know:

 

Requirement:

◆ Student with Intermediate level of Chinese or finished taking the Cantonese Intermediate courses
◆ Known around 800 Chinese characters & familiar with grammar structure
◆ Perfect in pronunciation and have a basic understanding of Chinese culture Course

 

Content

◆ It’s a misunderstanding
◆ A football match
◆ Visit Chinese families
◆ Let’s talk about Beijing dialect
◆ Fall in love at frist sight
◆ TV advertisement
◆ Spring festival
◆ Average salary in your country
◆ Hong Kong V.S Shanghai
◆ Economic crisis
◆ WTO
◆ A metaphor
◆ China Stock Market
◆ Understanding Chinese Traditonal Art

 

Course duration:

It is about a 10 week course: 90 min/session, 2 sessions/week

 

Course brief:

It follows a proficiency-oriented, task-based approach focusing on communication ability in speaking but covering other major skills in listening, reading and writing, especially in areas that are closely related to speaking, such as communication in professional situations and advanced communication skills. The course is specialized for learners who possess good Chinese conversation, reading, listening skills and want to further improve their ability.

 

Course content:

Cross-culture, Interesting daily issues, Student oriented topics, Chinese idioms, Beliefs & culture differences, Write Chinese characters and sentences

 

Achievement:

Able to recognize about 1500 words,
Able to read Chinese words without pinyin,
Able to speak smoothly .

Corporation Training

Corporate Training course and working procedures
Good to Great

As an experienced provider of language training, we understands the nature of the quality and professionalism demanded by companies and individuals. Working closely with the human resources and training departments, our professional course consultants establish personal language programs designed to meet the specific needs and objectives of Hong Kong Local and multi-international corporations.

Our knowledgeable and experienced trainers are responsible for the whole process of study program and evaluation. The arrangements of courses are quite flexible and adjustable according to the real situation. We do emphasize and value learners’ potential to a great extent and devote to providing both companies and individuals with great help and support.

 

Working Procedures

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1/ Analysis first

We will identify the language training needs for your company, and provide professional consultation on training solutions and how to plan the training required

2/ Pre-course Assessment

We will assess your staff’s current Mandarin proficiency and advise on suitable level Mandarin courses

3/ Tailor-made Materials

Mandarin course contents will be tailor-made to your company’s particular requirements. Industry specific jargon , and real-life situations and materials from your company can be incorporated into the course content.

4/ Quality Control

We will consequently monitor Mandarin course quality to ensure your company’s needs are being met.

5/ Performance Monitoring

We will provide progress reports for every level Mandarin course, including participants’ attendance records, level achievements, certificates and recommendations for future training.

6/ Post-Course Service

We will provide progress reports for every level Mandarin course, including participants’ attendance records, level achievements, certificates and recommendations for future training.

 

Course content:

Tailor made courses are designed to meet to different needs of administrative staff and professionals of various corporations in their daily administration and business conversation in Mandarin.

 

Language instructor:

Are native speakers of Mandarin or have a bachelor’s degree or above and have a Level 1 certificate issued by the National Language Committee. They are not only experienced in teaching but also very familiar with the pronunciation difficulties and needs of Hong Kong students.

Kid’s and IGCSE Putonghua (Mandarin)

This course focuses on the development of children’s communicative competence in Putonghua and enhances children’s communication and communication skills through a variety of learning activities, such as children’s songs, storytelling, games and role-playing, in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

 

For 3 year or below :

– Song and dance
– Listening to stories
– Card games
– Play-acting

Our energetic and loving instructors will lead the children in song and dance and a variety of other fun activities designed to engage their interest and stimulate their natural ability to imitate the sounds they hear. Your child will never tire of the fun and games and will be uttering Mandarin phrases in no time.

 

For 4 to 5 years

– Song and dance
– Storytelling and listening
– Card games
– Play-acting
– Arts and crafts
– Character recognition and writing

Studies show that children under age 6 that are exposed to a new language intensively will acquire it natively very quickly. The vibrant atmosphere created by our instructors is most conducive to effective learning. Through song and dance and other activities, the children will soon learn to speak idiomatic Mandarin and develop a sizable vocabulary. As the course progresses, students will be taught some basic reading and writing skills to provide them with a foundation for future learning.

 

For Primary & Secondary School (IGCSE)

– Chinese tutoring
– Language games
– Chinese writing skills
– Poetry and essays

Much effort will placed on IGCSE to meet the needs of students’ preparation for the examinations. The objectives are to enhance students’ comprehension and memory skills, help them find solutions for passing the IGCSE examination.

Course rate

Mandarin & Cantonese Courses for Expats & Locals

40 hours package 30 hours package 20 hours package
Mandarin Chinese HK$ 360/hr HK$ 380/hr HK$ 400/hr
Chinese Writing HK$ 360/hr HK$ 380/hr HK$ 400/hr
Cantonese Chinese HK$ 360/hr HK$ 380/hr HK$ 400/hr
Corporation Training Price set based on case
Kid’s & Teenager’s Mandarin Price set based on case