This course is carefully developed to help professionals speak confidently in routine scenarios for daily greetings, social, travel, making purchases and essential business phrases.
Speak confidently in 5 mostly used scenarios for daily & business occasions
15 hours flexible programme designed to fit around your schedule
Typically 10 weeks with 1.5 hours per week - or as requested
Allows time to digest, practice material and maximises retention
Includes cultural immersion activity such as visits to restaurants to help you put things into practice!
1 to 1 (or private group) at our site (Holborn / Canada Water) or at your office (within zone 3)
Start date & time to suit your schedule (the published date is just a 'holding date')
Suitable for complete beginners, or as follow-up course for Survival business mandarin in 4 hours
Here’s our typical course outline, but can be tailored to target your specific needs.
Week 1 Pinyin – people and place names
Week 2 Pinyin reinforced: Tricky initials & tones
Week 3 Daily essentials - greetings, thank you, apologies, asking for directions
Week 4 Expressing needs and wants, numbers and dates.
Culture: numbers in Chinese
Week 5 Making purchases and bargaining
Culture: bargaining tips!
Week 6 Eating out essentials - order food & drinks, get the bill, pay compliments.
Culture: table etiquette
Week 7 Travel on your own – with taxi, train, and the airport.
Week 8 Business essentials – introductions, meetings, networking
Week 9 Asking for direction
Week 10 Revision and cultural activity!
£675 (at £45 per hour)
2-4 people? - £825 (at £55 per hour) - please contact us to book
5-10 people? - £975 (at £65 per hour) - please contact us to book
Direct Debit payment over 2 easy payments available - please contact us to book
Trial lesson for 2 hours - £60 (try for 2 hours with no obligation to continue)
Our trainer for this course is Grace Zhao, she specialises in teaching beginner and intermediate Mandarin to professionals.
After graduating from the University of Auckland, Grace spent several years working in marketing with an emphasis on ‘doing business with the Chinese.’ Originally from Guangzhou, Grace’s family emigrated to New Zealand when she was a teenager. She is tri-lingual in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
Grace is the Managing Director of China Unbound, which runs Chinese language as well as Chinese cultural competence training for businesses and professionals. As such she is able to bring her business experience to her language training and re-create real-life scenarios in the classroom in order to prepare clients to better work in an international environment.
Their clients range from SMEs to large corporates such as Grant Thornton, Emerging Communications, SB Wealth Management, The Association of Corporate Treasurers and professionals across different industries.
What our past attendees say about us?
"Really helpful way of teaching, small group excercises are comfortable. Thank you!" - Esther Teeken, GTIL Finance Director – Global head of Finance, Grant Thornton
“As a perpetual language student, I have encountered many teachers. Grace was brilliant - entertaining, informative and patient. I am particularly impressed with her use of leading edge learning techniques.” – Claire Martin, Director, Davica HR
"Grace is an excellent teacher. She is friendly but makes sure your pronunciation and tones are correct...she does this in a way that allows you to feel comfortable while still being aware of what you need to work on. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to learn mandarin." - Blair, Canary Wharf
"I was interested in learning Mandarin for business purposes. I was a complete beginner and learning this language seemed very daunting. Grace did a great job in focusing on the basics to give a strong foundation whilst providing structure for development and progress. I would highly recommend Grace." - Robert, Central London