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About Us

Who we are and What we do?

Namaste Mandarin is a Chinese language training institute. We are committed towards promoting Mandarin among the student community & working professionals. We have strong experience in teaching children, coaching working professionals & in content development for virtual training programs.


Our mission is to teach Chinese language through easy and simplified methods yet cover all important aspects of the language and to provide high quality Chinese language courses to non-native speakers.


Our vision is to reach majority of people who are interested in learning Chinese language through modern educational technologies.

 

 

 

 

Instructor


Sonia Ghosh

“With increasing academic interests, business ties & job prospects (in China & with Chinese based companies), Mandarin language is poised to become one of the most sort after foreign languages in the global arena. I am passionate about teaching Mandarin language to students & working professionals, for helping them in enhancing their global skill-set”. - Sonia

Sonia is one of the founding members of Namaste Mandarin.

Exposure to China: She has lived in China for over three years & has learned Mandarin from native Chinese teachers.

Credentials: Chinese language certification program from iMandaran (a renowned Chinese language training institute, with 20 campuses across China).

Advanced program of Chinese language with renowned university “East China Normal University”.

HSK certified. (HSK is a Chinese proficiency test which is conducted by Confucius Institute headquarters (Hanban) Beijing, China).

Her stay in China, has given her first hand experience of Chinese culture & exposed her to colloquial aspect of Mandarin language.

She also holds a Masters degree in Pharmaceutics, from Manipal University & has worked in MNC Pharmaceutical R&D and Clinical Research Industry for 6 years.

 

Course Content Advisor


Ms. Feng Yue (冯玥)

She is native Chinese speaker and certified as “Senior Chinese Language Teacher” by International Profession Certification Association. She brings with her experience of training many foreign exchange program students in Chinese Language.

She is based in China & has several years of experience in teaching Mandarin language & Chinese culture to expatriates living in China. She has expertise in coaching students for HSK exams.

 

 

About Mandarin


Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world with over 1.2 billion speakers. The Chinese language can be heard throughout the world, and with its official language status in 6 countries as well as being one of the six official languages of the United Nations, it is no wonder that millions of people are investing in learning the language.

The Chinese language is a tonal language (vocabulary & context is dependent on the pronunciation).

There are four tones:

  • High & Leveling
  • Rising
  • Falling & Rising
  • Falling

Chinese Characters (Hànzì)

Chinese language does not have alphabets; instead have characters (it has evolved as a pictorial language, historically dating back to 2000 years). The early forms of Chinese characters were pictographs (graphic representations of real objects), which evolved into representing complex expressions & ideas.

The characters fall into two categories namely Simplified and Traditional.

Spoken and written Chinese

You may think that it is "too hard" to learn Chinese. It is true that Mandarin Chinese is classified as one of the most difficult languages to learn, but that is mostly because of the writing system. The spoken language is comparatively easier than many European languages.

Pinyin (use of Latin alphabet)

Pinyin is the official phonetic system for transcribing the Mandarin pronunciations of Chinese characters into the Latin.

It is often used to teach Standard Chinese to non-Chinese speakers.

Pinyin has become a tool for many foreigners to learn the Mandarin pronunciation, and is used to explain both the grammar and spoken Mandarin.

It serves as a bridge between spoken language & studying of the Chinese characters.

 

Why Mandarin?

Importance of Mandarin Language

It has been claimed that ‘those who do not speak Chinese are not ready for the 21st century’. A bold statement perhaps, but with many employers and companies across the globe seeking to establish relationships and develop key business links with China, Mandarin Chinese has indeed become a very valuable and highly sought after language skill in today’s world.

As the world’s fastest growing major economy with thirty years of continuous GDP growth, China recently surpassed Japan in 2011 to become the second largest economy in the world after the USA.

Economist predict by 2020, China will without doubt surpass the United States as the biggest international superpower.

In early December 2013, UK Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to China had said that the time had come for British schools to shift the focus away from traditional European languages such as French and German, and learn languages that will “seal tomorrow’s business deals”. Of these, Mandarin Chinese is considered to be the most important of ‘tomorrow’s languages’, not just in the UK, but on the international stage as well.

Chinese is becoming one of the most important languages when it comes to operating an international business. Expertise in Chinese has grown increasingly important to the overall global economy and many business owners are looking to break into this international market. Any business in the twenty-first century will be trying to do business in China and speaking the language confers a huge advantage for anyone who wants to do business with China. “It gives you flexibility, knowledge that you need, and personal connections that can make a difference in the speed and effectiveness of your negotiations.”

 

 

Who should learn


 

Chinese is the fastest growing Foreign Language being taught at schools in the west, US in particular.

Knowing Mandarin, would be a global skill set which expands academic opportunities (including scholarship under Youth Chinese Test) & future job prospects for students who would be stepping into a globalised world to pursue their higher studies & career.

Research shows, learning a new language is easier during the childhood days. A school going student would find it lot easier to pick up a foreign language & can gain proficiency faster.

 

With increasing business ties, economic investment between India-China & growing job prospects (in China & with Chinese based companies), Mandarin is becoming an important foreign language. Knowing Mandarin is a differentiating key factor which would enhance ones effectiveness in dealing & collaborating with their Chinese counterparts at work.

 

For businessmen & business woman, who are engaged in trade with China, knowing Mandarin is of enormous importance. Being able to converse in the same language & understanding Chinese culture, would help them in rapport building, strengthening business ties, better negotiation & make their business trips hassle free.

 

China is a mystic & beautiful country, which attracts tourists from all over the world. As China is a non-English speaking country, navigating as a tourist can be challenging & it makes one dependent on the tour guide. Knowing Mandarin & understanding Chinese culture helps the traveller, in their exploratory journey.

 

“A hobby a day, keeps the doldrums away” – Phyllis Mc Ginley

Learning a foreign language can be cultivated over a period of time as a hobby. It opens up a window into a new world of culture, language, customs, tradition & opportunities.

 

 

Courses

 

Young Learners

From age 4 to age 10

Learning foreign language as an adult is much more challenging and hard than to learn it as a Child. Children’s brains are like sponges when it comes to foreign language acquisition. They are developmentally “superior” to adults’ brains in that they can soak up a language and become fluent quickly, easily, and without accent.

Research shows learning a new language will give your child more confidence, it will make them more tolerant of other cultures and it will improve their social skills.

So earlier you start..........better it would be........

Our 10 hours programme of Young learners will introduce them to Chinese vocabulary taught during pre-primary years.

Language shall be taught:-

  • using props,
  • real time objects and
  • through fun learning videos.

Enrol with us and give your child the gift of learning Mandarin Chinese

 

Advanced Learners

From age 10 to University Level

A May 2006 Newsweek article stated that "In U.S. homes, Chinese has eclipsed French, German and Italian and become the third most commonly spoken language after English and Spanish;"

Knowing Mandarin will allow students to compete effectively in the global economy of the future. Students who learn Mandarin today may discover new and exciting ways to succeed tomorrow. And also have tremendous opportunities in world travel, the possibility of forming international friendships, and a chance to broaden their horizons. By studying Chinese, students will develop an appreciation for Chinese culture and history.

After attending our 20 hours programme , advanced learners shall be well versed with:

  • Basics of Mandarin language
  • Tones and Pinyin system
  • Greetings
  • Introducing themselves and their family
  • Chinese numbering system and currency
  • Discussing about their favourite sports/hobby
  • Ordering food
  • Taking taxi

So next time during your stay/visit in China you can take help from your young ones to order food for you, taking taxi or bargaining during your shopping trips  

Contact us to know about more details

 

Working Professionals

Programs designed for working professionals

China’s economy currently stands the second largest in the world and continues to grow at an amazing pace. Learning to speak Mandarin Chinese is a great way to take advantage of this huge economic shift and opportunities, to give oneself an advantage in the increasingly competitive business world.

China has expanded its trade agreements to countries all over the world. With the Chinese market playing an influential part in every aspect of business around the globe, knowledge of the language will give you an unparalleled advantage in the global marketplace.

Knowing Chinese language not only allows for easier communication and trade, but it will open the doors to a number of professional opportunities as well as be beneficial in creating and maintaining networking contacts.

Learning Chinese will ensure that you are a front runner in your profession and will also prove to be the key to endless opportunities in the professional field.

Our basic course of 40 hours is specially designed to introduce vocabulary and grammar; useful during your business trip and during stay in China

 

Corporate Training

Courses designed for Corporate training

Specifically designed to suit your industry needs.

We offer Mandarin Chinese Language courses for professionals. If you want to study with a focus a specific industry, such as finance, manufacturing, research and development, etc, we will customize the vocabulary and content of the text as per your specific requirements.

 

Teaching Methodology

 

Pronunciation: As the instructor has learned Mandarin while living in China, lot of emphasis goes in ensuring the right pronunciation is mastered by the student.


Pinyin: Teaching is done through English alphabets, which helps in simplification of a complex language like Mandarin.


Videos: (Children courses) To make learning fun & to engage the young creative minds.


Handouts & Study materials: Serves as revision/referral notes for the modules taught.


Chinese culture: Providing valuable insights about Chinese culture & traditions.


HSK exam: Specific guidance to prepare for HSK exam (Chinese language proficiency test for foreigners).

 

 

Testimonials

 

 

 

News and Articles


Teaching them young: Tots learn to say ‘ni hao’ to Mandarin
Nov 9, 2014
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Teaching-them-young-Tots-learn-to-say-ni-hao-to-Mandarin/articleshow/45084654.cms


B-schools use Mandarin mantra for global success
Apr 13, 2014
http://www.hindustantimes.com/education/b-school-students-use-mandarin-mantra-for-global-success/article1-1207534.aspx


“Seal Tomorrow’s Business Deals”: The Importance of Mandarin Chinese in Today’s World
March 20, 2014 by CRCC Asia
http://www.crccasia.com/news/seal-tomorrows-business-deals-importance-mandarin-chinese-todays-world/


IIMs' tryst with Chinese: Mandarin emerges as popular course at B-schools
May 14, 2013
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-05-14/news/39256081_1_language-course-mandarin-spoken-chinese

 

Contact Us

VISIT US OR DROP US A LINE

Namaste Mandarin
Hoodi Circle, Whitefield,
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
+91 98806 87766,
soniaghosh@namastemandarin.com