Mandarin Chinese Classes

Term-time Tuesdays at HLC, Crescent Road, Hadley, Telford, TF1 5JU

Juniors Mandarin Chinese class 5-6pm

GCSE,AS and A2 levels Chinese courses and test preparation 5-7pm

We provide our own sound clips for students to use during the lessons and to practise with at home, additionally all our students have the opportunity to learn how to type Chinese on the computer.

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Juniors Mandarin Chinese class:

CultureKind hold weekly, term-time, after school classes in Mandarin Chinese in Telford. Our juniors Mandarin class takes place in a fun interactive environment which incorporates our own simple Chinese songs and Chinese nursery rhymes (OUR OWN FREE AUDIO CD IS AVAILABLE FOR USE AT HOME), interactive teaching materials and lots of practise in speaking Mandarin with emphasis on good pronunciation. Our Telford class has a very low adult:child ratio and pride ourselves on our students making good progress in the 'tricky' language of Mandarin Chinese. 

In every Mandarin lesson our students learn new Chinese words from native Chinese-speaking teachers. They speak and practise together at our Telford, friendly club environment, so it's fun and entertaining for them. They also get learn Chinese action songs and to learn how to write new Chinese words and numbers, following step-by-step instructions on how to form the basic strokes of Chinese characters. 

Children from Chinese families, who can be naturally shy and retiring, are encouraged to speak out confidently and rapidly gain assurance, which has benefits in all areas of their lives. As well as teaching Chinese language, we also care about our pupil's other developmental areas and we offer help to Chinese families who have difficulties with the English language to communicate with their childdren's schools in Telford. The CultureKind team provides advice to parents on children's behaviour, any school issues and applications toSecondary Schools etc whenever needed. 

GCSE,AS and A2 level Chinese Courses and Exam Preparation (Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese) CultureKind's GCSE, AS and A2 Chinese courses and exam preparation, in Telford, closely follows the latest GCSE Chinese, A level Chinese test guidelines. Our Chinese teachers select GCSE Chinese materials based on specific needs and ability and aim to improve ability in all aspects of Chinese (Mandarin and Catonese) speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as well as giving an insight into Chinese culture, along with Chinese GCSE and Chinese A level exam-taking skills. Our native Chinese teachers work around individual strengths and weaknesses, the students have in Chinese, to ensure that our students get the very best Mandarin Chinese learning experience possible, incorporating all aspects of learning required to sit these exams. We have many helpers who speak native Chinese, available in our Telford classes, who quickly assist with individual difficulties and enable the students to stay on task throughout and take full advantage of their Chinese study time with us. 

China is now regarded as a major influence in the modern world. It is home to around 20% of the world's population, and Chinese economic growth and influence is set to continue. Many parents are already realising the great advantage their children will have as Chinese-speaking adults in the 21st century, ready to take advantage of the opportunities presented by China's amazing growth and potential. 

Many studies have shown that exposing children to a second language at an early age greatly increases the likelihood that they will become fluent and adopt the native accent. Parents of young children sometimes consider Mandarin Chinese a daunting, exotic or difficult language. However it is the world's most spoken tongue, and given the right approach, children often respond with excitement and eagerness to learn Chinese. "It really appeals to kids," Frances Weightman, an expert in Chinese Studies, recently told BBC News. "They find the different characters fun and grasp the different tones well. It's like singing for them." 

Basic Information about Chinese Language: What is Mandarin Chinese and Chinese Pinyin?: Standard Chinese also known as Mandarin or Putonghua, is the official language of China and Taiwan and also is one of the four official languages of Singapore. The phonology is based on the Beijing dialect, but the vocabulary is drawn from the large and diverse group of Chinese dialects spoken across northern, central and southwestern China, which is also known as Mandarin Chinese. The grammar is standardised to the body of modern literary works that define written vernacular Chinese, the colloquial alternative to Classical Chinese. The name "Mandarin" originally referred to the language of the imperial court in Beijing, and as such was a synonym for Modern Standard Chinese in the 20th century, but it became ambiguous as use was extended to the various Northern dialects of Chinese. Standard Chinese is also known, 

**in China, as Putonghua **in Taiwan, as Guoyu, **in Malaysia and Singapore as Huayu **in other parts of the world, the three names are used interchangeably to varying degrees, Putonghua being the most common. 

The name Guoyu received official recognition in 1909, when the Qing Dynasty proclaimed Mandarin as the "national language". The name Putonghua also has a long, albeit unofficial, pedigree. It was used as early as 1906 in writings by Zhu Wenxiong to differentiate a modern standard language from classical Chinese and other varieties of Chinese. 

For some linguists of the early 20th century, the Putonghua, or "common tongue", was conceptually different from the Guoyu, or "national language". The former was a national prestige dialect or language, while the latter was the legal standard. Based on common understandings of the time, the two were, in fact, different. Guoyu was understood as formal vernacular Chinese, which is close to classical Chinese. By contrast, Putonghua was called "the common speech of the modern man", which is the spoken language adopted as a national lingua franca by conventional usage. The use of the term Putonghua by left-leaning intellectuals such as Qu Qiubai and Lu Xun influenced the People's Republic of China government to adopt that term to describe Mandarin in 1956. Prior to this, the government used both terms interchangeably. 

Huayu, or "language of the Chinese nation", originally simply meant "Chinese language", and was used in overseas communities to contrast Chinese dialects against foreign languages. Over time, the desire to standardise the variety of Chinese spoken in these communities led to the adoption of the name "Huayu" to refer to Mandarin. This name also avoids choosing a side between the alternative names of Putonghua and Guoyu, which came to have political significance after their usages diverged along political lines between the PRC and the ROC. It also incorporates the notion that Mandarin is usually not the national or common language of the areas in which overseas Chinese live. 

In English, (Modern) Standard Chinese tends to be used when contrasting with non-Chinese languages, while Mandarin tends to be used for both this standard and for Northern Chinese, when there is a contrast with other varieties of Chinese. However, in both English and Chinese, Mandarin ( ?? ) has largely taken over the latter. 

Written Chinese is based on spoken Mandarin and is known as hànyu or zhongwén. Speakers of other varieties of Chinese have to learn the grammar, and vocabulary, of Mandarin in order to read and write in Chinese. 

Chinese Pinyin 

The official system used in China and in Western publications about China is hànyu pinyin (Chinese phonetic spelling) or simply pinyin. It was developed in the Soviet Union in 1931 for use by Chinese immigrants living there. A slightly revised version was adopted in China in 1958. 

In China pinyin is used for road signs, maps, brand names, computer input, Chinese Braille, telegrams, semaphore and for many other purposes. It also appears in books for children and foreign learners of Chinese. The United Nations and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) both recognise pinyin as the standard for Mandarin. 

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