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Private individuals and professionals in companies all over the UK have profited from undertaking a Mandarin Language Course with SIMON & SIMON. Averaging 15 years of experience, our native Mandarin speaking qualified teachers construct your course so that your individual requirements are met, no matter what your level of experience. Our Mandarin teachers receive excellent feedback from our clients. A profile, containing information about the Mandarin teacher’s background and experience, is sent to each student before the Mandarin lessons start.

The way that modern languages are taught has gone through a revolution in the past few years. If you have only learned languages at school you will find that the experience now is vastly more fun and worthwhile. The Communicative Approach means that your Mandarin lessons in Nottingham will be almost entirely through the medium of Mandarin. You will feel that you are making real progress, even in the first lesson, and will soon communicate in Mandarin with confidence, in a range of social and business environments.

Both 1:1 and group formats are available for our Mandarin language courses. While most of our clients offer 1:1 Mandarin training, the group format can offer great value for money. If you want groups to be successful, the members must commit to the weekly meetings and we recommend keeping the number of participants below 7. Progress is faster for those who learn Mandarin in Nottingham on a 1:1 basis as the lessons are individually tailored for their particular needs, strengths and weaknesses.

Mandarin Course Management

SIMON & SIMON’s Mandarin language courses all have a specific Account Manager who oversee the course. Each of these managers is highly experienced and multi-lingual. At the start of your Mandarin course, you will receive a profile on your trainer, course materials and a Course Plan. After every 40 hours of training you will receive a Progress Report. We will also send you our quarterly newsletter, Breaking the Language Barrier, which contains a wonderful prize draw as well as weblinks to valuable language learning resources.

SIMON & SIMON Mandarin language courses have been arranged for clients in various locations. We have a global network of trainers and wherever you are, we will be able to organise a Mandarin language course for you, not only in the UK but in almost any of the major cities in Europe and beyond. Most of our Mandarin courses are run at the offices of our clients so that you do not have to travel, but we are happy to arrange Mandarin training sessions for you in your home. Full-time Mandarin courses can be arranged in a residential setting for you. Our office has information on the locations we offer.

Nottingham Mandarin Course Schedules

The Mandarin language courses in Nottingham that we run go on through the year. Each week, most of our students will attend at least one of our 90-minute lessons, but many will do more. We can also arrange Weekend Courses for you. Mandarin courses run from Monday to Friday, any time from 8am to 8pm. Intensive Mandarin language courses can be arranged in residential centres abroad or in the UK, or on clients’ premises for 30 hours per week, 6 hours a day Monday to Friday.

Before you start your Mandarin language course we will assess your level of Mandarin and speak to you about your aims so that your Mandarin language course can be customised for you. You may have never been exposed to Mandarin before and wish to develop basic survival skills, or you may have some experience and wish to be able to speak more fluently in Mandarin when discussing business. You may want to further your ability to use Mandarin in negotiations and meetings or better your comprehension and pronunciation abilities. Whatever goals you may have, our experienced Mandarin language trainers will tailor your Mandarin course so that your goals can be quickly met.

Mandarin Language Examination Courses

We are happy to help in your preparation for any Mandarin examinations. Our students have a 95% pass rate and we think that their success shows the value of our policy of working with above-average experienced Mandarin teachers in Nottingham. Issuing of results certificates, registration for Mandarin examinations and administration of such exams is also provided by SIMON & SIMON.

The table below is based on recognised language levels used by various academic institutions accross the European Union. A highly motivated student attending weekly sessions with their language trainer can expect to move from one level to another after 50 hours providing they also commit to a similar number of hours of self-study.

Of course, some people find learning languages easier than others, and some students will have more opportunities to practise the language in the course of their work and leisure, so these factors also need to be considered when trying to assess how long it will take to move from one level to another.

Level People At This Level Can:
Complete Beginner No previous knowledge of the target language
Preliminary
  • Make contacts and exchange basic information (personal, work and social)
  • Handle basic business telephone language
  • Work with numbers (e.g. dates and figures)
  • Understand simple requests and instructions
  • Make basic travel arrangements and appointments
  • Handle basic forms and documents
Level 1
Low Intermediate
  • Describe the company and its products
  • Confirm and alter meeting arrangements
  • Give simple instructions and explanations
  • Develop contacts and exchange more specific / detailed information
  • Understand and write simple business correspondence and notes
  • Contribute to discussions (e.g. express opinions, agree and disagree) and make simple formulaic presentations on familiar topics
Level 2
Intermediate
  • Understand and interpret key, work-related information, e.g. handling customer enquiries
  • Understand and write standard business correspondence and reports
  • Give more complex instructions and explanations and explain ideas
  • Participate in routine interviews
  • Participate more fully in business meetings and discussions
  • Make more complex formulaic presentations on familiar topics
Level 3
Upper Intermediate
  • Understand and write complex business correspondence and reports within own field
  • Understand and discuss complex concepts of a general and work-related nature
  • Handle formal and informal meetings and negotiations with, for example, customer or suppliers
  • Relocate to a country where the language is spoken and function fully in all routine areas and aspects of work
Level 4
Advanced
  • Use appropriate language to deal with an extensive range of oral and written tasks
  • Respond to a wide variety of situations with fluency and spontaneity
  • Read, interpret and produce highly specialised texts / reports and present, discuss complex arguments
  • Make presentations and contribute fully at seminars and conferences

Company Funded Training

If your company is thinking of investing in language training our free consultation and demo lesson is a real opportunity to see if SIMON & SIMON is right for you - hundreds of other companies have chosen SIMON & SIMON, so we hope you will join them.

To take up this special offer, please call Lisa Zealey, on 020 7931 9026 - quoting "Demo Lesson" - our no-obligation consultation and demo lesson is free of charge.

Self-Funded Training

If you are interested in taking one of our courses as a private individual, then our free demo lessons are a perfect opportunity for you to meet one of our language trainers, experience the teaching methodology firsthand, and for us to assess your level and course needs - all with no obligation.

Demo lessons typically last 1 hour, and take place at our offices in central London, close to Victoria Station.

To take up this special offer, please call Lisa Zealey, on 020 7931 9026 - quoting "Demo Lesson" - our no-obligation consultation and demo lesson is free of charge.


For additional information on our language courses, visit the following pages if you are an HR Professional, an Employee or an Individual.

For information on fees and to receive a proposal specifically tailored to your language needs, please complete our Short Enquiry Form and we will respond promptly, or call us directly on 020 7821 0999

A summary of the benefits clients of SIMON & SIMON enjoy:

  • a totally flexible range of language training options
  • 'in-company', 'at home' or 'residential' courses
  • 1 - 30 hours per week of language training
  • courses in English and more than 20 foreign languages
  • 1:1 or group sessions
  • courses in the UK and Worldwide
  • qualified native speakers with an average of 15 years' teaching experience

 

Our service includes:

  • the support of our multi-lingual team of Account Managers
  • pre-course Language Assessments and Course Needs Analysis
  • Trainer Profiles, Course Plans, Progress Reports and Course Evaluations
  • purchase and delivery of course materials
  • registration and preparation for language examinations
  • comprehensive reports on student attendance and progress
  • regular Account Reviews with HR/Learning & Development personnel
  • password access to 'Monitor' - our industry leading online reporting system
  • a Translation & Interpreting service
  • Our newsletter - Breaking the Language Barrier

 

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Standard Mandarin is a standardized form of spoken Mandarin, based on the Beijing dialect of Mandarin Chinese. Standard Mandarin is the official language of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC, also known as Taiwan), as well as one of four official languages of Singapore. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. About one-fifth of the world’s population, or over one billion people, speaks some variety of Mandarin as their native language. Linguists often view Mandarin as a language family, though owing to China's socio-political and cultural situation, and the fact that all spoken varieties use one common written system, it is customary to refer to these generally mutually unintelligible variants as "the Mandarin language".

Nottingham is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands region of the United Kingdom. It is located in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire, and is one of eight members of the English Core Cities Group. Whilst the City of Nottingham has a historically tightly drawn boundary which accounts for its relatively small population of 288,700, the wider Nottingham Urban Area has a population of 667,000 and is the seventh-largest urban area in the United Kingdom, ranking between those of Liverpool and Sheffield. Eurostat's Larger Urban Zone listed the areas population at 825,600 as of 2004. Nottingham is famed for its links with the Robin Hood legend and, during the Industrial Revolution, obtained worldwide recognition for its lace-making and bicycle industries. It was granted its city charter as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria in 1897 and has since been officially titled the City of Nottingham. In Anglo-Saxon times, around 600 AD the site formed part of the Kingdom of Mercia and was known in the Brythonic language as Tigguo Cobauc, meaning Place of Caves. In Welsh it is known poetically as Y Ty Ogofog, "The Cavey Dwelling". When it fell under the rule of a Saxon chieftain named Snot it became known as "Snotingaham"; the homestead of Snot's people (Inga = the people of; Ham = homestead). Snot brought together his people in an area now known as the Lace Market.





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