Our native-speaking qualified Chinese teachers can guide you and your group at your work or at home, at a time convenient to you. Classes can take place on any day of the week - even weekends - morning, afternoon or evening. If needs be, if meeting at your office or home is not suitable, you can take your lessons at the trainer's office. Study materials are supplied for you.
These Chinese lessons fit a broader spectrum, and can be useful for those who need different things from the language. Most beginner students will have a handle of survival Chinese by the end of their lesson, which will provide them with enough Chinese to communicate at least at a basic level during short trips to the country, but those who require more would benefit greatly from these sessions. Typical students have been those eager to travel all over the world, those buying overseas property, those with foreign spouses, aficionados of Chinese culture and those who just wish to pass a particular Chinese exam.
These lessons in Chinese are meant for those that feel that learning Chinese would make a change in their work. For starters, it is expedient to learn how to say hello/goodbye, as well as basic business protocol; once the basics have been mastered, reading and writing come to the fore. Students who have greatly benefitted have been involved in import/export, international negotiations and acquisitions, jobseekers in multinational companies where another language is required, and those working in the international academia and government circuits. Even on our most fundamental beginner's lesson, students can anticipate ending the lesson with basic telephone Chinese and e-mail Chinese skills for communicating, as well as survival Chinese if a short visit to the country is needed.
Lessons in Chinese are also accessible for 2 or more studying in tandem (Two-to-One Chinese Lesson or Small Group In-Company Chinese Lesson). All those involved must have around the same experience of the language, similar needs of areas of proficiency, and must be able to work at the same time and place. Bookings must be made for all students at the same time. Listen & Learn do not advise classes of more than 6-8 people, although In-Company Taster Chinese sessions can be run with as many as 12 people.
Chinese is very reliant on the pitch and tone of the speaker - if a word is spoken with the wrong stress, it can have a very different meaning
Just under 900 million people speak Chinese Mandarin as their first language, and another 180 million can speak it as their second tongue - that's over a billion speakers worldwide
Since it is frequently the only common tongue between Chinese people of different regions, Mandarin is often used for logistical reasons and convenience
VancouverTime after time regarded as one of North America's most livable cities, Vancouver is an enviable place to launch any sort of studies. Languages in particular are a choice field of study, due to Vancouver's tolerant, inclusive and welcoming approach to multiculturalism in an urban environment. Make that an urbane environment too - for Vancouver is also ranked third in the world after the Swiss cities Zürich and Geneva for the highest quality of life! An open-minded, multilingual and educated attitude amongst Vancouver locals goes hand in hand with an appreciation for the great outdoors. Blessed with close-proximity surf, snow and sun, Vancouver is a great place to get out there and active in those necessary study breaks! Plus, the diversity of available languages in Vancouver is astounding. With approximately half the number of city and metropolitan region residents speaking a first language other than English, there's plenty of opportunity to practice your new language.