Awareness of the Chinese language, now often referred to as Mandarin Chinese, is becoming more important as China takes its place on the world’s economic and political stage. By following a Chinese course with Communicaid you will gain an important advantage for you and your organisation wishing to do business in or with China. Communicaid can provide you and your organisation with a Chinese language course personalised to meet your specific Chinese course training needs. All of our Chinese courses are highly tailored, and can be delivered through one-on-one language training sessions in our London training centre or, alternatively, at your offices. Each Chinese course is designed to improve your Chinese language and communication skills, whether your focus is social, business, financial, diplomatic or legal Chinese language.
You can learn Chinese with our Chinese classes / lessons are available in London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York providing training for clients around the globe, Communicaid is uniquely placed to be your local, national and international training partner for Chinese language courses.
Benefits of our Chinese language course
The skills you gain from a Communicaid Chinese language course will enable you to:
- Build strong relationships and establish meaningful rapport with Chinese-speaking contacts
by expressing a demonstrated interest in the Chinese language and culture
- Interact more confidently with Chinese speakers both in your home environment and when
visiting a Chinese-speaking region
- Verbally demonstrate good will in the Chinese language and facilitate international communication at both a personal and organisational level
Who should attend our Chinese school
Communicaid Chinese language courses are valuable for:
- Anyone planning to relocate to a Chinese-speaking region and wishing to attend a Chinese language course in preparation for their assignment in China
- Domestic executives or teams regularly conducting business with Chinese speakers who wish to
build rapport and strengthen relationships
- Representatives from government and non-governmental agencies working with Chinese or in Chinese-speaking regions who must be able to communicate in the Chinese language at all levels
Chinese course content
The content and format of your Chinese course will depend on your profession, proficiency in Chinese and objectives. Whether beginner, survival, intermediate or advanced Chinese, key areas covered in all our Chinese courses include:
- Spoken fluency
- Listening skills
- Pronunciation and accent
- Reading skills
- Telephone skills in Chinese
- Email skills in Chinese
- Sector-specific terminology
- Presentation & negotiation skills
Communicaid’s Chinese courses are available seven days a week, 365 days a year for people who want to learn Chinese. Training takes place between 08:00 and 20:00 although courses are also available outside of these hours upon request. Our Chinese lessons are ran in London and other parts of the UK.
Suitable tailored and published materials will be used throughout your Chinese course, with recommendations on self-study material and extra reading made at the beginning and throughout the duration of your Chinese course.
We offer a variety of training formats for your Chinese language course – from intensive, weeklong courses to extensive, modular lessons. Appropriate formats will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy (please click here to read more about our approach).
北方話– Facts about the Chinese language
Mandarin Chinese is an official language of the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of China and Singapore. It is spoken by 867.2 million people worldwide and ranks first as the most widely spoken language in the world.
Mandarin Chinese is a Chinese language of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages. It resides in the same group as Cantonese but while many Mandarin speakers may speak Cantonese or vice versa, the two languages are not mutually intelligible.
Officially, there are two versions of Standard Mandarin, since the Beijing government refers to that on the Mainland as Putonghua, whereas the Taipei government refers to their official language as Kuo-yü (Guoyu in pinyin).
Technically, there is little difference between the two versions but both versions of Standard Mandarin Chinese are often quite different from the Mandarin Chinese dialects that are spoken in accordance with regional habits and not identical to the Beijing dialect that they are based on. In all, there are eight major groups of Mandarin dialects, which are: Beijing Mandarin, Northeastern Mandarin, Ji Lu Mandarin, Jiao Liao Mandarin, Zhongyuan Mandarin, Lan Yin Mandarin, Southwestern Mandarin, and Jianghuai Mandarin.
The Chinese written language employs Chinese characters, a system based on logograms, where each symbol represents a morpheme (a meaningful unit of language). With the language constantly evolving, the number of characters in existence is a changing figure. Latest count is estimated at approximate 49,000.
Mandarin Chinese can be written in two different forms.
1) Traditional Chinese characters
Traditional Chinese characters are used in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and some overseas Chinese communities. In contrast, simplified characters are used in and in some overseas Chinese communities, especially those from aforementioned countries who emigrated after the widespread adoption of simplified Chinese characters.
2) Simplified Chinese characters
Used in the People’s Republic of China, Malaysia, Singapore, approximately 2,000 characters were simplified formally in 1958 in order to facilitate literacy.