Survival Business Mandarin with Confidence! (Dates & Time flexible)
£64.31 – £675
Survival Business Mandarin with Confidence! (Dates & Time flexible)

Survival Business Mandarin with Confidence! (Dates & Time flexible)

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This course is carefully developed to help professionals speak confidently in routine scenarios for daily greetings, social, travel, making purchases and essential business phrases.

  • 15 hours flexible programme designed to fit around your schedule

  • Typically 10 weeks with 1.5 hours per week, or 3 hours per week for 5 weeks - or as you requested 

  • Allows time to digest, practice material and maximises retention

  • Speak confidently in 5 mostly used scenarios for daily & business occasions

  • 1 x cultural immersion activity such as visits to restaurants and making purchases at Chinese shops to help you put things into practice! 

  • Suitable for complete beginners, or as follow-up for Survival business mandarin in 4 hours

  • 1 to 1 coaching (or private group) at our site (Holborn / Canada Water) or at your office (within zone 3)

  • Whenstart date & time to suit your schedule (30 Oct is just a 'holding date') 

  • Includes: course material, recommended reading and Apps for continual learning

Course Outline

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.
                          Expressing time

Week 8            Business essentials – introductions, meetings, networking
                          Safe travel

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)

Your Trainer

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. I mastered the art of pronouncing Mandarin properly and Pinyin is really easy once you know how.” – Claire Martin, Director, Davica HR 

  • "Grace is an excellent teacher. She is friendly but makes sure your pronunciation and tones are correct, she won't hold back from letting you know if you're not getting something right which really helps to lay down a solid foundation to build on. Grace 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 

We look forward to seeing you!  Questions? Get in touch, or 07 785 260 705. 

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