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Learn to Speak Chinese (Mandarin) Language

Chinese/Mandarin language course introduction

Huan YÍing Xue Han Yu!

Mandarin is the main language of China and Taiwan. it’s also spoken in Hong Kong (China), Macao (China), Malaysia, Singapore and Chinese communities in many countries around the world. The number of mother-tongue speakers worldwide is about 900,000,000 (estimates vary widely).

Course features:

  • Taught by expert Chinese native-speaker teachers.
  • Curriculum specially designed for New Zealanders.
  • Delivered in small classes with no more than 10 people.
  • All Chinese Mandarin course materials included.

Euroasia's Mandarin classes are offered at six levels, and all the levels are divided into ten units, each with its own theme or topic. There is a general outcome for the level as a whole, and more specific learning outcomes for each unit. These outcomes are expressed in terms of what you should be able to do in Mandarin by the time you reach the end of each unit; various grammar points are covered as they are appropriate to the themes of the units.

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Why learn Chinese/Mandarin?

  • In terms of native speakers, Mandarin is the number one language worldwide. 
  • Over the last hundred years, China has been a country of revolutions, and the current economic revolution is perhaps as important as any: never before in human history have so many people seen such a rapid transformation in their economic fortunes. China is now set to become the world’s leading manufacturing nation, and perhaps one day its biggest economy. 
  • China is a hugely important trading partner for New Zealand, with many New Zealand companies considering how to take advantage of existing links and develop new ones. 
  • Opportunities for Mandarin-speaking Kiwis are likely to grow enormously in the future, as the need for New Zealand companies to have a presence in China grows. 
  • There are many opportunities now for Kiwis to teach English in China. 
  • China is home to one of the world’s oldest civilisations, exceptionally rich in architecture and art. Over the centuries, it has also made huge contributions to science and technology. 
  • China is a fascinating country to visit, huge and diverse, its attractions ranging from the Great Wall to the Himalayas – via some megacities along the way! 
  • Chinese cooking is world-renowned, and knowledge of a little Chinese may help you to understand more of what you eat! 
  • Many Mandarin-speaking tourists already visit New Zealand every year, and this number will almost certainly grow in the future. 
  • New Zealand, of course, has a large Chinese community, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about Chinese language and Chinese culture here.

Is Mandarin hard?

  • Although Mandarin can seem a bit daunting, it does have its easy sides! 
  • Chinese vocabulary is based on quite simple, monosyllabic elements; words are therefore very short and fairly easy to learn. 
  • Chinese grammar is in many ways very straightforward – words can be put together with much more flexibility than in many other languages. 
  • There are no endings to put onto words, no problems with masculine and feminine words. There aren’t even any tenses! 
  • Chinese pronunciation is quite difficult, largely because there are four tones (so that words with the same sounds can have different meanings depending on whether your voice goes up or down or stays at the same level). However, if you don’t get the tones quite right, you will still be understood. 
  • Chinese writing is based on some thousands of characters, which it obviously takes quite a long time to learn. However, it is possible to use our Latin alphabet to transcribe Chinese words, and this is what we do in most of our courses. Learning to recognise a few, very common characters is not that hard.
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What our students say
  • “Since attending classes at Euroasia my Mandarin has improved a lot. I can talk about a lot of different things now and I can understand more than I could before. Thank you.”

    Rachel Booth
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