As a leading Mandarin Chinese education and business training organization, we are committed to assisting each individual learner to achieve his or or learning goals and objectives. To facilitate you to better understand our Center, our programs as well as our unique teaching approach, we are glad to answer the following questions which are frequently asked. You are very welcome to Contact Us if the answers are not sufficient to address your additional questions.
What are the differences between Mandarin, Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, "Guoyu" and "Huayu"?
There exists some misconceptions among those beginning-level learners concerning different naming such as Mandarin, Chinese, Cantonese, "Hanyu", "Guoyu" and "Huayu". Simply put, Mandarin is not a language, instead it is the so-called vocal representation of the Chinese language, or in another word, dialect.
The term "Chinese" could either mean Chinese people or Chinese language. "Hanyu" is the language of the Han nationality of China. As you may know, China is composed of 56 nationalities while Han, known as the majority of the Chinese people, represents 94% of the Chinese populations. Therefore, it is not appropriate to allege that "Hanyu" is the language of China due to the fact that more than half of the 55 Chinese minorities, which accounts for 6% of the Chinese populations, have their own language systems and cultural structure.
So, it is appropriate to say that Hanyu is the official language of the People's Republic of China. Likewise, English is the official language of the United States of America.
Mandarin Chinese, or Common Speech ("Putonghua"), or Standard Chinese is established and developed on the basis of Beijing dialect. Mandarin Chinese has been widely used in China's public media, radio, broadcasting, movie, school education, government agencies and companies. Cantonese is one of the largest dialect groups in China, approximately accounts for 5% of the Chinese populations. Mandarin Chinese is called "Guoyu" in Taiwan and "Huayu" in Singapore. By nature, both are Mandarin Chinese from speech perspective and there are hardly any differences in terms of communications.
There are two different written forms in Mandarin Chinese: Traditional and Simplified. Traditional form is more complicated in written structures while simplified form is relatively simpler in written structure, which makes learners easy to write and memorize. Currently simplified written form is widely used in Mainland China, Singapore and even part of Hong Kong while the traditional written form is unanimously used in Taiwan.
What language is taught at Chicago Mandarin Chinese Center?
Simply put, Chicago Mandarin Chinese Center teaches Standard Mandarin Chinese in both simplified and traditional written form based on our learning members' choice. It is based on the commonly used speech combined with simplified written form used in Mainland China, Singapore and part of Hong Kong. In response to each individual learner's needs, we may also provide options for our clients to learn the traditional form of Chinese characters.
What kind of teaching programs are available from our Center?
Currently we have eight carefully-designed Mandarin Chinese teaching programs available: Beginner-Level Group Class, Intermediate-Level Group Class, Advanced-Level Class, 1-on-1 Private Tutoring, Intensive Learning, Business-oriented Mandarin Chinese, Fully-customized class and Children & Youth Programs. We will be glad to recommend to you the most suitable program based on your personal interests, career considerations, preferences, existing levels and previous learning experiences.
Does your Center offers teaching programs at different levels and how do I register for a particular level?
Yes. Our various teaching programs are carefully selected, designed and prepared to satisfy varied learning needs at beginner, second-level, intermediate and even advanced levels. For class registration, please Click Here.
I don't have any knowledge in Mandarin Chinese, what will I learn in your Center Beginner Level I studies?
- Our Beginner Level I Teaching Program helps you learn the following:
- Chinese Phonetics: Initials, Finals and Four Tones
- 500 Most frequently used Chinese characters and usage
- Chinese character writing, pronunciation, phrases and expressions
- 30 Situational dialogue covering various real-life communications
- About 300 pages of FREE print learning materials (including an electronic dictionary)
- Listening comprehension from daily situational dialogues
- Business etiquette education, Chinese history, traditions and customs
- Western-Chinese cultural differences comparison and analysis
- Additional Free learning materials tailored to meet your career needs
- Chances for networking with class participants and share experiences
Additionally, we offer a free extra 2-hour session about Western-Chinese cultural difference comparisons and Chinese business etiquette.
What are the features of your Group Class?
- Meet once a week in a week day evening or weekend
- Highly flexible in schedule without worrying about missing classes
- Highly focus on spoken expressions (85%); Cultural correlations, writing and listening comprehension represent 15%
- Free to switch among our concurrent group classes if you miss any particular session during to traveling or other personal reasons.
- A comprehensive Chinese learning software ("5-in-1" Learn Chinese) is offered to ensure that your learning process is unceasing
- Using the unique and proven "learn-by-cultural-correlation" approach to help you quickly gain needed knowledge and skills in Mandarin Chinese.
- A certain amount of customized content is integrated in any teaching program you select to satisfy you personal or career requirements
- Laid-back and friendly learning environment without bearing the pressure of taking examinations as required in the traditional schools
How long does it take for your Beginner Level I and Beginner Level II Group Class?
It takes 8 weeks for Beginner-Level I and another 8 weeks for Beginner Level II. (The Beginner-Level Class also includes one week for Chinese Culture and Business Etiquette Session).
Can I achieve an Intermediate-Level after I complete Beginner-Level I and Beginner-Level I studies?
A skillful mastery of 1,100 commonly used Chinese characters which are regulated by the State Education Committee of China and knowing how to apply them in writing and spoken communications marks a significant milestone that you have achieved a higher level in Mandarin Chinese. Before you reach the Intermediate-level, you will have to go through a second-level studies (see the detailed descriptions of Second-Level Class Program). The completion of the Second-Level studies helps you upgrade your proficiency from Beginner-Level to Intermediate-Level.
How can I make up a missed class?
At Chicago Mandarin Chinese Center, we strive to provide effective solutions for all registered learning members to make up any of their missed-out class(es). Registered learning members can make up the missed class by joining or switching to other concurrent or future same-level group classes when the same missed class(es) is/are taught again. Registered learning members can also require to make up any missed class(es) through our one-on-one private tutoring arrangement. Under such an arrangement, a $45 fee will be charged for each made-up class.
How do you charge for a cancellation or a late-notice cancellation for a booked class/seminar?
We charge $45 for a cancellation of a booked program. A late-notice cancellation could refer to a notice of cancellation for a booked class/seminar less than 3 hours. We charge the same rate to cover the cost of instructor's transportation, room booking and equipment rental. For a late-notice cancellation for a class, our charge is equivalent to a typical fee for a 1 to 1.5 hour class. For a late-notice cancellation for a seminar, the fee is measured based on the actual cost incurred.
Does your Center provide lessons on customer's premises?
Yes. We can provide lessons at customer's site on an One-on-One Private Tutoring basis or on a group-setting basis.
Does your Center provide lessons to young children?
Yes. We add young children teaching program starting from Feb. 2008.
Does Chicago Mandarin Chinese Center offer me a certificate after I finish my study?
Yes. Upon on your request, we can offer a Certificate of Completion after you finish your studying of any of our program. The certificate serves as a proof that you have successfully completed a particular language learning program but it doesn't grant you a academic degree.Yes. We offer you a Certificate of Completion of your study at our Center after you finish all required learning hours for a particular level. This certificate indicates that you have finished Chinese language studies in our Center but it does not grant you a academic degree.
What does it cost for various teaching programs?
It depends on the program you choose, you existing level and fee sponsor. Chicago Mandarin Chinese Center provides you with the most affordable and competitive pricing in your Mandarin Chinese learning pursuit. Please feel free to give us a call 312-316-6038 or go to the Contact Us page for price inquiries. Contact Email: [email protected] (Your questions on pricing will be answered instantly).
Could I get a discount if I recommend one of one of my relatives or friends to attend your class?
Yes. We will offer you a 5% discount for any successful referral (s) that you bring to us.
Does Chicago Mandarin Chinese Center recommends or offers job opportunities?
We are constantly looking for the best-in-class teachers who are competent to deliver the best-in-class services to our clients. You are welcome to send us your resume. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by phone or by face-to-face meeting.
As a Chinese teaching Center in downtown Chicago, we are contacted by other employment companies for recommending our members whose Chinese skills have achieved a certain level. We are pleased to recommend to our learning members about the potential employment opportunities.
Once I have registered and attended a particular group program, can I switch to another group program for any reason I may have?
Yes. You can. The one-time switching fee we charge is $45.
Can I get a refund or pro-rated fee if I drop out in the middle of my study due to some unexpected reasons?
No. We don't have a refund policy. Once you become a registered member at our Center, you will be responsible for the arrangement of your personal learning schedule. However, we DO have a policy to remain a chance for you to continue your studies within one year when you are available to complete the paid lessons. If there is any extra fee needed (such as class reschedule and learning materials redesign) we will let you know. Our fee for learning materials of any learning program costs $45. Only those who have completed all the paid classes can enjoy receiving the learning materials free of charge.