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Beginner Mandarin Chinese and Culture

Melbourne, VIC

Subject: Chinese

The Beginner course is designed for anyone who is new to Chinese language and culture, or for anyone who has studied Mandarin before, but has forgotten much of it, or would like to gain confidence in speaking.

Spoken Mandarin
With the teacher’s careful guidance, you will learn to use Chinese tones successfully, learn key words in a meaningful context. Gradually build your words into short phrases and in sentences. You will discover that you don’t need to memorize words and sentences. Conversation topics are chosen for real life speaking situations. It is true that ‘Mandarin speakers...

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The Beginner course is designed for anyone who is new to Chinese language and culture, or for anyone who has studied Mandarin before, but has forgotten much of it, or would like to gain confidence in speaking.

Spoken Mandarin
With the teacher’s careful guidance, you will learn to use Chinese tones successfully, learn key words in a meaningful context. Gradually build your words into short phrases and in sentences. You will discover that you don’t need to memorize words and sentences. Conversation topics are chosen for real life speaking situations. It is true that ‘Mandarin speakers pay more attention to the way they speak, not so much about what is being said.’ In class, you will learn different ways to communicate effectively.

Understanding Chinese Culture and Implications
Develop a strong awareness of Chinese cultural etiquette which is a great advantage to good communication and building rapport with Chinese people. You will explore a range of topics like meeting someone for the first time, addressing people appropriately, Mian Zi ( ‘face value’- honour and respect. the most important culture value in Chinese society), non-verbal communication skills(when ‘yes’ means ‘no’ ) and how to respond to a compliment appropriately.

Free Trial Lesson Date: 6th May 2010; Fitzory

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When

Regular Date(s) & Time(s);
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where

1/530 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Skill level

Beginner

Price: FREE

 

The teachers

  • Vivian Xi
  • Taught By
  • Vivian Xi

When you speak Mandarin to a native-speaker, NO ONE uses a text book to communicate with you. No wonder people spend so...

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When you speak Mandarin to a native-speaker, NO ONE uses a text book to communicate with you. No wonder people spend so much energy to learn the language but do not get usable results.

At New Beginnings, we teach you how to use Chinese in REAL life situations. In our classes, you will also have the opportunity to learn the language for your needs whether it be for business dealings, travel or visiting family members.

Language and culture are integrated together. One can not fully use the language appropriately without understanding the rich culture that supports the language. The truth about real Chinese communication is that when Chinese people speak the emphasis is on the way things are said not what is actually being said. So the bottom line is to develop a great understanding of Chinese culture so you can use effective language skills to communicate at a deeper level. Therefore your words become meaningful and powerful to others.

A simple example would be ‘how do you respond when a Chinese person gives you a compliment’? In English, you would appreciate this person by saying ‘thank you’. So if you simply learnt a Chinese word ‘xie xie’ and use it in this situation. You would make a fool of yourself. The culturally acceptable way of responding in such situation is to say ‘Na li, na li.’ Literally translation is ‘where, where’. That is really confusing if you don’t know the culture background. The Chinese culture is to be humble . By saying ‘na li, na li’, it shows you are humble and people would respect you for valuing the same thing.

At New Beginnings, we help you to ‘break the ice’ with local Chinese and build a good relationship through learning about culture etiquettes and strategies to handle yourself in a foreign
culture. After all, learning Mandarin Chinese is for communication and communication is about building rapport with Chinese speakers.

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Offered through

New Beginning Language Centre