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Post by MHS » Sat, 22 Dec 2007 4:10 pm

funboy710 wrote:Hi, I am also interested in learning. Would you please let me know if u still have the slots. Thanks !
Hi! :)

I do still have slots left.I have PM you my e-mail/msn address ...You can check with me directly the time slots available as of now.

Thank You.

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Mandarine Practise

Post by BrownLeo » Mon, 24 Dec 2007 11:20 am

I am completing my basic mandarin course soon. Looking for pals to practise. Anyone interested. buzz me

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Post by Duncan Semmens » Thu, 03 Jan 2008 4:53 pm

Myself and some friends are looking into this also.

1. (check out the prices!!!)

2. (takes place near Orchard)

3. ... nners.html (sounds very good)

Hope this helps.

Has anybody used in the past? Any feedback.


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Post by leahkeh » Fri, 04 Jan 2008 2:56 pm

Hi Everyone,

This is Leah, I work frequently in China and currently looking for new batch of students. I have been giving mandarin lessons to foreigners for 10 years.

Do call me at 98555646 or email me at if you would like to have details of my lessons.
Name of Tutor : Leah

Contact No : 98555646

Experience : 10 Years in tutoring

No of students : More than 70 over the last 10 years

I am a locally born Singaporean who used to work frequently in China. I am effectively bilingual and I teach the chinese language using simple english and mandarin with my foreign students.

I work on conversational skills with my students at the beginne's stage before moving on to specific scenario stages like business , conference and social language skills.

If you are looking for someone young, energetic and with the experience of working with a true chinese world, call me

I am looking for students with a passion for the language , regardless of age or nationality.

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Post by leahkeh » Sat, 19 Jan 2008 10:39 pm

Dear All,

Thank you to those who had responded quickly. I have done a review and can currently handle just ONE more student.

Do send me an email at or give me a buzz at 98555646 ASAP.

Thank you.

For those who are grouping up under David's recommendation, please look forward to my emails.

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Post by luxiana » Tue, 22 Jan 2008 3:28 pm

i had a good feddback of NUS extension (park mall)

I think i'll join the beginner class in february.
if you have not yet taken your decision I'll be able to give you a "live" feedback :)
my website: free online game

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Post by abo » Thu, 24 Jan 2008 2:52 pm

How much do you charge for your lessons Leah?

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Post by leahkeh » Tue, 29 Jan 2008 1:10 pm

abo wrote:How much do you charge for your lessons Leah?
Hi Abo,

Do call me at 98555646 , as it is not convenient for me to post up my rates.

And thanks to all my past students' recommendation, my schedule is almost full. For all that support, I can almost totally sell off my business and just teach!

I have a German lady who is a home maker who is keen to look for a class partner around Bukit Timah area, please email or call me if you are keen. She is one fun lady!

As for those who are still keen, 98555646 or


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mandarin classes

Post by markhillhouse » Wed, 13 Feb 2008 1:20 pm

Hi....looking for mandarin classes with a chinese native (qualified) teacher. Reading, writing, listening, speaking. Evening sessions, at least 2 per week.
I cannot PM on this site as it won't allow me. So if anyone is offering tuition please contact me directly.

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Another request to xue xi han yu

Post by NZerinSingapore » Thu, 17 Apr 2008 5:21 pm


I'm also looking for Chinese lessons. I want to be able to speak to a conversational level and read to a basic level.

I am 45 yo caucasian from NZ and have just arrived in Singapore but have been using an internet course to learn some basic Chinese for about a year.

Wo hui jiang yi dian han yu, and wo zhi dao 4 - 500 han zi already, so not a total beginner. I'm currently reading "san zhi xiao zhu".

My reading is better than my speaking, but that's not saying much because my pronunciation is appalling and I lack confidence.

Looking either for personal tuition or a small night class. Living East. Geylang area.

Thanks for any help,


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Post by ah_tiong » Mon, 05 Oct 2009 4:43 pm

cilalo wrote:Hi,
I can heip you

I taught foreigners chinese in Zhejiang University when I was in China.

And you can teach me dancing or English for return! :D

Just want to make friends :)

if u need english lessons, then how to teach chinese to english speaking people? how to explain? body language?
and what kind of dancing?

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Post by sgpdavid » Sun, 11 Oct 2009 12:03 pm


As I've studied Mandarin for almost 3 years and have experience of many different ways to learn I thought I could offer some advice! I studied in London for 2.5 years with a teacher from Beijing and now for about half a year in Singapore.

The advice I give everyone in Singapore is don't go to NUS extension!! The teacher I had there is not native Chinese and really really rubbish! She tried to explain things that I already knew from studying in London and it made no sense whatsoever!

So yes, you should insist on a native Chinese speaker as your teacher! My teacher at NUS grew up in an English speaking country and moved to Singapore in the last 10 years (and has never actually lived in China) - if you're learning Chinese you should really learn from someone who grew up in a Mandarin speaking environment. I'm afraid to say Singapore doesn't count! Everyone here speaks English and Singapore Mandarin is a bit different to Chinese Mandarin. I know more than a few locals who don't like the way mainland Chinese speak Mandarin because it is pronounced quite a bit different and has different vocabulary (and I can notice this myself). Taiwan is OK but Hong Kong or anywhere that they speak Cantonese rather than Mandarin will probably be a bad idea as the tone system in Cantonese is quite different to Mandarin.

Also going to classes is much more effective than doing a language exchange. I feel like doing the language exchange is too unstructured for learning a language but it's good to do if you have specific questions. It's also quite good just to practice speaking but if you are a beginer you may find that there's not much you can actually say!

Some tips that may help - if you look in those 7-11 shops around Orchard or other central locations they often have small style kids comic books, and one in particular comes in English Chinese bi lingual format, it's called "Doraemon" (I think most Chinese people know it and love it!) and has a fat blue cat on the front. Reading things like that where you can compare Chinese and English side by side is very helpful, and because it is a kids comic the standard is relatively easy (but it's still too hard for a total beginner), and it doesn't have pin yin so you need to be ok about using a dictionary to look up Chinese characters. There are other kids books you can find around that are just Chinese & Pin yin (having pin yin means it's easier to look up in a dictionary) but as there is no English it can be hard to get the meaning if you don't know the grammar. However if you are just starting out it's best to stick to a text book, where the text they give you only contains those characters and grammar that you already covered, this makes reading and understanding much simpler and is another advantage for going to classes.

Someone else already said it (although it's not exactly practical), the best way to learn is in China! If you are still a beginner then you probably won't have much success, but if you are getting towards intermediate level, the improvement you can see in being immersed in a native environment is amazing! My Chinese improved more in 8 days in China than in 8 months in Singapore - and I'm not exaggerating! My teacher (and I) could hardly believe it!!!

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Post by Delbee » Sun, 11 Oct 2009 3:57 pm

Hello David,

I don't know how many mandarin teachers NUS has, but mine is coming from Beijing, and she is using Beijing accent :) You are right, local accent/vocabulary is different than Beijing's one.

Sounds you were not lucky with your teacher ;) Maybe you can ask NUS some details about the teacher going to teach you, before you confirm the registration? :)

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Post by muterabbit » Tue, 13 Oct 2009 11:26 pm


As I've studied Mandarin for almost 3 years and have experience of many different ways to learn I thought I could offer some advice! I studied in London for 2.5 years with a teacher from Beijing and now for about half a ...............

what u said is absolutely right. i'm from beijing came to Singapore for 2 years.
hope u guys find a good teacher. and actually, fujian dialect ,cantonese are totally different from mandarin. and just few ppl speak those language in china. singapore ppl speak mandarin hav stong accent.
But singapore is a country ,so i can not say is not pure chinese.
my english is not so perfect. hope u guys could understand.heeee~~

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