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learning mandarin in Spore?

Postby boumbo » Sun, 08 Oct 2006 10:52 pm

Hello,

I have been in Spore for a few months and I would like to take the opportunity to learn chinese mandarin.

do you know where to find a qualified teacher for that? (I am looking for either a tutor or a class)

The chinese chamber provides the CERTs but I think it is a bit overpriced given the lessons (especially for beginners)

How much do you think learning with a tutor would cost / hour ?

Thanks :)
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Postby boumbo » Mon, 09 Oct 2006 1:03 am

thanks for the link I will investigate. :)

any ideas of the cost of a private tutor btw?
I have been told to avoid singaporeans because of the accent which is a bit different.

I am open to other suggestions :)

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Postby vjsimon » Wed, 11 Oct 2006 12:53 pm

boumbo wrote:thanks for the link I will investigate. :)

any ideas of the cost of a private tutor btw?
I have been told to avoid singaporeans because of the accent which is a bit different.

I am open to other suggestions :)


The Singaporeans may not be speaking "proper" Mandarin but that is what you require to survive in this country. More or less understand what the other party is talking about. One of my friends had a tutor from China but after completing the course and speaking with fellow Singaporeans, she felt it was a waste of time. She would rather have had a Singaporean Chinese tutor who speaks the "local" Chinese Mandarin. :)

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Postby jpatokal » Wed, 11 Oct 2006 6:50 pm

vjsimon wrote:The Singaporeans may not be speaking "proper" Mandarin but that is what you require to survive in this country.

Actually I've found surviving on English fairly straightforward...

What is the reason you want to learn Chinese: is because you're planning to move onto the "real" China at some point, or do you just want to integrate better in Singapore? If the latter, I suspect a Singlish/Hokkien teacher would be better.
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Postby boumbo » Wed, 11 Oct 2006 8:06 pm

Hi there!

thanks for your answers.
1st answer... I plan to have commercial activities with china later next year and I would like to be able to speak a few words.

Surviving on English is definitely very easy in Spore!! :)

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Postby shitworker » Thu, 12 Oct 2006 7:26 pm

I have no idea how u define the qualify private tutor, but I did heaps private tutoring stuff when I was studying in Australia, and I charge very reasonable low rate. further more, I am native speaker of mandarin.

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Postby bunty » Thu, 12 Oct 2006 7:29 pm

Pal wrote:http://www.newconceptmandarin.com/


Does newconcept teach "singaporean chinese" or "chinese chinese"

me and wife are keen to learn "singaporean chinese"
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Postby shitworker » Thu, 12 Oct 2006 8:11 pm

bunty wrote:
Pal wrote:http://www.newconceptmandarin.com/


Does newconcept teach "singaporean chinese" or "chinese chinese"

me and wife are keen to learn "singaporean chinese"


umm, you guy probably shoudl pick up the singlish accent, and ur kids too, so you guy can really be called localized.

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Madarin lessons

Postby manonbreuvart » Fri, 28 Mar 2008 2:18 pm

shitworker wrote:I have no idea how u define the qualify private tutor, but I did heaps private tutoring stuff when I was studying in Australia, and I charge very reasonable low rate. further more, I am native speaker of mandarin.


Hi

Are you still interested in giving mandarin lessons? I am looking for weekdays, daytime conversational lessons.

Cheers,
Manon


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