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I need to learn mandarin within short time

Postby passiflora » Thu, 17 Jan 2008 10:41 pm

to take a job I have been wanting. Basics is enough. The point is, can anyone please recommend an affordable language course that lasts no longer than 3 months? Thanks a lot for your help! Passiflora :love:

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Postby Indigoazure » Fri, 18 Jan 2008 1:00 am

I would absolutely recommend you get the Pimsluer program for learning Mandarin. I've used it to learn German and I'm using it to learn Mandarin. Get all three levels and you will be fluent. There are 30 lessons per level all audio with some reading lessons. The time period it takes is up to you. I listen to 2-3 lessons while I'm on my eliptical machine almost every day. :) You should be able to find these programs on barnes and noble or amazon. Or look them up online. They have tons of sites that carry them.

There is a sample here on this site of the first mandarin lesson.
http://www.threewestlearning.com/

Good Luck!

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Postby hamamatsu1999 » Fri, 18 Jan 2008 6:10 pm

I would recommend you to this private teacher. My German friend is having lesson with him and he loves it. He designs lessons for different students with different purpose. He is very flexible in lesson timing so not to worry if you are irregular with your work. PM me or email hamamatsu1999@hotmail.com for his contact if you are interested.

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Postby passiflora » Sun, 20 Jan 2008 8:53 am

I really meant a language course. I would like to join a course. Btw, anybody could teach me Mandaring who speaks the language, but I would like to learn in a group.

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Mandarin course at SCCIOB

Postby ching » Sun, 20 Jan 2008 10:48 pm

I took the "Gateway to Mandarin" course at the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce - Institute of Business. It was pretty good, I liked the class and learned quite a bit. Location is very central too.

One of my Malaysian Chinese friends recommended it to me. She was brushing up on her Mandarin, I was learning it from scratch.

http://www.scciob.edu.sg/index.cfm?GPID=15

Classes run for about 2 months. You usually have a choice of weeknights (2 nights x 1.5 hours) or Saturdays (3 hours).

The important thing is that you practice after you finish the course so you don't forget what you've learned. It's easy to miss out on that in Singapore because most people speak English. But if you can find some friends to practice with, or make a conscious effort to use your Mandarin vocabulary, watch Chinese-language TV, etc... that all helps.

Good luck!
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Postby passiflora » Mon, 21 Jan 2008 8:58 am

Thanks a lot ching. I have been waiting for a reply like this. :wink: I will definitely check it out.

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Postby ladbamba » Mon, 02 Feb 2009 11:23 am

hi passiflora, have you enrolled already?are there any opening slots still available? i want to enroll too...

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chinese (mandarin) language course

Postby ladbamba » Sat, 07 Feb 2009 8:39 pm

Thanks for the suggestion. My boyfriend and I found an affordable, and yet a nice language school. We both enrolled already. The language school's name is Inligua ( http://www.inlingua.com/ ), and it is very accessible to us. It is located near Sommerset MRT Stn. and is situated at Orchard Building. Our class just started last Tues. So in case some of you still want to enroll I think you still can make-up, and I think they will still accept. Class is every Tuesday 7:00 pm. By the way, the course only cost 295sgd (INCLUSIVE of registration, course materials, and GST already). NICE! :)

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Postby Tadex » Fri, 20 Mar 2009 9:54 am

Anybody wants to sign up for the weekday Gateway to Mandarin Level 2 class at SCCIOB? The next one starts the coming Monday (March 23rd).

I'm only advertising the class here as we need one more person for the class to start - so far there are 5 people that want to do it and SCCIOB won't run the class unless there's at least 6 people. And I really want the class to start, since I need to learn Mandarin quick :)

The class is two days a week, 3 hours (7-10 pm) - so it's quite intensive. You can check out more at http://www.scciob.edu.sg/index.cfm?GPID=15

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Mandarin Language

Postby adie1102 » Mon, 07 Dec 2009 5:55 pm

im now looking for Mandarin course..
i saw the "Gateway To Mandarin" by SCCIOB but that one is way too expensive... $650 for 10 sessions of 3 hrs,,,
must be very good right??

then i tried to inquire also at Inlinguasingapore.com, $321 for 10 sessions of 2 hrs,,,

i dont know which one is more effective.... can please anybody whom already tried the course give me some feedback??? :wink:
Cheers!
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Postby mandarinconversationtutor » Wed, 09 Dec 2009 11:33 pm

Well if you guys want to learn conversation mandarin I can teach . I teach mandarin conversation full time for a few years specializing in Expats different needs. I give mandarin conversation classes for Caucasian expats , American born Chinese , Chinese who can't speak Chinese , Arabs who want to learn to speak chinese or anybody who wants to learn to speak chinese. I don't mind kids , ladies , guys.
As I'm a bilingual Mandarin teacher , I am able to use English as a medium of teaching Chinese. If you are interested you can email me at
mandarinconversation@yahoo.com :D
I'm lady full time tutor, teaching mandarin conversation classes to expats or anybody who wants to learn to speak mandarin. As I'm a bilingual Mandarin teacher , I am able to use English as a medium of teaching Chinese. People who wants to learn email me at mandarinconversation@yahoo.com

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Re: Mandarin Language

Postby madura » Sun, 27 Dec 2009 1:26 am

adie1102 wrote:i saw the "Gateway To Mandarin" by SCCIOB but that one is way too expensive... $650 for 10 sessions of 3 hrs,,,
must be very good right??


haha... expensive = good?
If anyone is interested... I use chinesepod.com and its pretty darn good.

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Mandarin Lesson Singapore

Postby MH2234 » Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:26 pm

Hi

Can anyone recommend a good school that offers basic mandarin lessons in Singapore?

I recently started a course at Agape School of Education (booked through www.mandarinlessonsingapore.com) and the course is SO BAD that I started to consider pulling out after 1 lesson. The "teacher" that ran the class cannot speak any English and I don't think she has ever taught before. The second class was even worse.

Really looking for a basic Mandarin lesson in Singapore where the teacher can speak English. Any recommendations appreciated.

If you are considering Mandarin lessons with Agape School of Education or Pat at www.mandarinlessonsingapore.com I highly recommend that you try to find an alternative class.

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Postby YankStuckinSuiss » Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:22 pm

I would say get a good text book and a significant other from the Mainland immigrant community, preferably someone from as far north Shanghai as possible. :) Better accents. Taiwan is also good if they are from Taipei and don't have that "Taiwan Hokkien dialect" accent from the South...which often sounds like a lot of mumbling when they speak Mandarin. Make sure their English is not very good...that will encourage you to speak Mandarin. Don't worry, talking in relationships is MUCH OVERRATED. 8-)
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