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Learn to speak Mandarin at Wits Language School in Johannesburg

Wits Language School offers part-time courses in Mandarin Chinese. It should come as no surprise that Mandarin is the most commonly spoken language in the world, with approximately 935 million mother-tongue speakers – 14% of the world’s population (Nationalencyclopedin, 2007). Given China’s rise as a world power and its role in the world economy, business ties between China and South Africa are developing rapidly. An understanding of Mandarin has therefore become a key to commercial ventures based in China.

Our courses are aimed at adults and focus on language that you can use in everyday conversation. The best way to learn Mandarin is through speaking. Our teaching style is interactive, making learning easier, faster and fun! We offer courses to individuals, companies and government; in group sessions or as private tuition.

Contact Us today and learn to speak Mandarin!


How to learn the basics of Mandarin?

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal (27 June 2012), Americans are “rushing to teach their kids Mandarin”, on occasion going to such lengths as moving their families to cities in China for extended periods in order to learn through immersion. The reason for such extreme measures is that Mandarin is notoriously difficult to learn. It is a tonal language, and fluency requires that you understand thousands of different characters.

It is estimated that it takes over 2,000 hours to learn to speak Mandarin, as opposed to 600 hours for a Romance language such as Spanish. Nevertheless, it is possible to learn enough of the language at the beginner’s level to enable you to greet Mandarin speakers in their language and conduct a basic conversation. The ability to communicate with business associates in their own language serves as a sign of respect and a show of good faith.

Whether you are learning to speak Mandarin to enhance your career, for travel purposes or for personal enrichment, Wits Language School is your language school of choice. Contact us today and learn to speak Mandarin. 

Learn to speak Mandarin Chinese