Whether you newly relocated to Singapore or you have been living there all your life, it is important that you learn how to speak Mandarin. Doing this will not only open you up to new opportunities but will also help you socialize and connect with more people. Presently, 1 of every 5 persons in the world can speak Mandarin. So, if you are able to learn to speak it, you will be able to express your thoughts, ideas, and concerns with relative ease.
As you probably know Mandarin is a tough language to learn. Every year thousands of people try to master the language. If you want to be among those who succeed, you must be dedicated, focused and consistent. Signing up for a mandarin class will help you expedite your mastery of the language.
The following article by Benjamin Gibbs is a how to guide to learning Mandarin in Singapore.
How To Learn Mandarin In Singapore
For some, it really is worth it. It is possible to speak English and get around Singapore just fine, so many think that learning Mandarin in Singapore is pointless. Read more here.
You likely now know some effective ways to learn Chinese in Singapore. To keep things interesting, you have to be flexible in your approach. Don’t just sign up for just an online Mandarin class, doing something more by joining the local Chinese community club in your area. Or better still choose any of the many governments approved learning centers in Singapore.
This article by Wikipedia lists some important things you need to know about the Singaporean Mandarin language.
Singaporean Mandarin (simplified Chinese: 新加坡华语; traditional Chinese: 新加坡華語; pinyin: Xīnjiāpō Huáyǔ) is a variety of Mandarin Chinese widely spoken in Singapore. It is one of the four official languages of Singapore along with English, Malay, and Tamil. Read more here.
The history and features of Singaporean Mandarin are explained in the article. You now understand a little bit more about the development of Mandarin in Singapore and the difference between Standard Mandarin and Singaporean Mandarin. But do you know any reputable Mandarin centers that can help your child become fluent in Chinese?
The following article by straitstimes unveils one of such centers.
EtonHouse offers Mandarin-only classes
In the pre-school it is opening on the grounds of Hwa Chong Institution in July, children in pre-nursery and nursery classes will be taught entirely in Mandarin, from 18 months till age four, when they enter the first year of kindergarten. Read more here.
Now that you have all this information about Mandaring language centers, you have a clearer picture to make this decision. So, if your home or office is close to it you should consider visiting these centers in person to learn about their teaching style, curriculum, values, and objectives. Doing this, will help you determine if it is a good fit for your kid.
The importance of learning a second language cannot be overemphasized. Not only will it open you to new job opportunities, but will also help you interact confidently with more people and share your ideas with ease. There are also benefits for your child when he/she learns a new language. It broadens his/her perspectives and also provides different opportunities for them.
Of course, you have the complete freedom to learn whatever language you want, but choosing Mandarin is a smart move. The reason for this is that it is spoken by more than a billion people in the world. In fact, 1 in every 5 persons can speak Mandarin.
Learning Chinese is difficult, but possible. With the right tools and classes, anyone can become fluent in it.