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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 Suffolk 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.

Mandarin courses from us can be run for groups or individuals. While many of our clients offer their employees Mandarin courses on a 1:1 basis, group sessions can be excellent value. Group sessions do require planning and commitment from the participants and we recommend that no more than 6 people participate in a group. As 1:1 lessons can be tailored to an individual’s needs, strengths and weaknesses, learning Mandarin in Suffolk on a 1:1 basis will give quicker progress.

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.

The Mandarin language courses of SIMON & SIMON have been run in numerous locations. As we have a global network of language trainers your Mandarin language course can be arranged in major cities across Europe and further afield. Most of our clients arrange for their Mandarin lessons to be run in their offices so that there is less need for travel, but we can also run Mandarin lessons in your home. We also run residential full-time Mandarin language courses in a variety of locations which our office will be happy to inform you of.

Suffolk Mandarin Course Schedules

Our Mandarin language courses in Suffolk take place throughout the year. Many of our students try to attend more than one weekly lesson if work commitments allow, and most will attend at least one session of 90-minutes duration per week. If you would like a Weekend Course, one can be arranged. Our Mandarin daytime courses run from 8am through to 8pm, Monday - Friday. We also provide Intensive Mandarin language courses on clients’ premises or in residential centres both in the UK and abroad. These courses run for 30 hours of the week, 6 hours a day from Monday to Friday.

The Mandarin language course that you undertake will be customised for your Mandarin level and personal goals. Before you start the course, we will speak to you about your desired focus and assess you Mandarin level. You may have little or no experience of Mandarin and only want basic conversational skills or you may be more proficient and desire more fluency with which to discuss business. You may want to raise your Mandarin skills for use in meetings and negotiations or rather develop increased comprehension and pronunciation skills. Whatever your objectives, our Mandarin language trainers are highly experienced, and you can be confident that your personalised Mandarin course will help you to meet your goals quickly.

Mandarin Language Examination Courses

SIMON & SIMON also assists in preparation for Mandarin examinations, whether for business or personal qualification. We believe that our 95% pass rate for language examinations is a reflection of our policy of working with Mandarin teachers in Suffolk who possess above average experience. Registration for and administration of Mandarin examinations, along with the issuing of results certificates are all 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".

Suffolk is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in East Anglia, England. It has borders with Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west and Essex to the south. The North Sea lies to the east. The county town is Ipswich; other important towns include Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Felixstowe, one of the largest container ports in Europe. The county is low-lying with few hills, and is largely wetland habitat and arable land with the wetlands of The Broads in the North. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Suffolk was part of the kingdom of East Anglia which was settled by the Angles in the 5th century AD. Suffolk was divided into separate Quarter Sessions divisions. These were originally four in number, reduced to two in 1860, the eastern division being administered from Ipswich and the western from Bury St Edmunds. The two divisions were made separate administrative counties as East Suffolk and West Suffolk under the Local Government Act 1888, with Ipswich becoming a county borough. A few Essex parishes were also added to Suffolk: Ballingdon-with-Brundon, and parts of Haverhill and Kedington.





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