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Learn to speak Mandarin or Cantonese with a Chinese tutor

Learning a foreign language is never easy as it involves going outside of your comfort zone. This is even truer when it comes to learning Chinese as it uses a completely different writing system to our own and it's almost impossible to decipher without any prior understanding of it. There are few languages less similar to our own than Chinese. However, with the help of an experienced Chinese tutor or teacher, you鈥檒l quickly be able to learn the basics before moving on to having basic conversations and asking everyday questions.

Are you interested in China or Taiwan, Chinese calligraphy, or Chinese culture?

Are you getting ready for a trip to China or Taiwan? There鈥檚 one important thing left for you to do, learn the Chinese language. With 1.3 billion native speakers, Chinese is actually a group of related languages rather than a single mutually intelligible language.

Chinese, A Group of Sino-Tibetan Languages

These include Wu (spoken Shanghai), Cantonese (spoken in Guangzhou, Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao), Gan, Hakka, Min (spoken in Taiwan), Xiang, Jin, Hui, Ping, and Mandarin, the most widely spoken of the languages. Standard Mandarin Chinese, or Hanyu, is the language of the Han people, is the most commonly taught and the official language of the People鈥檚 Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and Singapore. If you decide to learn Chinese in London, you鈥檒l probably be taught standard Mandarin Chinese, as it鈥檚 the most common Chinese language.

While Chinese has never been the most commonly taught language at GCSE and A Level, its numbers have been increasing in recent years. European languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, and German have traditionally been more popular. In fact, Chinese surpassed German at A Level this year. Given that Mandarin Chinese has over 900 million native speakers, you鈥檇 have thought that this would have happened a number of years ago. But China is a faraway land, not a European neighbour like Germany or France. Students have previously preferred not to learn this confusing and distant language.

A Language with a Reputation for Being Difficult

Mandarin is a tonal language which uses four different tones that can change the meaning of each syllable. The Pinyin romanisation system represents these tones by using diacritic marks over the vowels: a macron, an acute accent, a circumflex accent, or a grave accent. That isn鈥檛 all, though. You can divide Mandarin Chinese into two main groups. Simplified Chinese is used in the People's Republic of China whereas Traditional Chinese is used in Taiwan. The Pinyin system can be used to help those familiar with the Latin alphabet learn Chinese.

However, students shouldn鈥檛 overuse the Pinyin system and should instead focus on learning Chinese characters and what they mean. With a bit of study, you鈥檒l be able to recognise the most commonly used characters. After a few classes with a private tutor, you'll be able to phonetically transcribe some Chinese words with the help of a Chinese dictionary and be familiar with a few expressions to help you get around Chinese speaking countries. Reading and writing in Chinese may seem like a long way away, but you can always speed up the learning process by immersing yourself in the language.

You can learn Chinese quickly. However, it'll probably take you longer than it would be learning a language more similar to English.

If you want to reach an advanced level in Chinese, you鈥檒l need a good understanding of grammatical structures, vocabulary, speaking, etc.

There are plenty of reasons for learning Chinese.

Speaking Chinese for Professional Reasons

In fact, speaking Chinese will give you a rare skill and set you apart from other potential employees. You can open the doors to more jobs, demand a higher salary, or make a career change. Learning Mandarin with private tutors in London is a great way to further your career.

Additionally, you can also start looking for jobs in China and Taiwan as many positions will require some understanding of the Chinese language. As the most spoken language in the world and the language of one of the world鈥檚 superpowers, Chinese is becoming an increasingly important language on the world stage. China, 鈥渢he world鈥檚 workshop鈥, has changed drastically in the last 15 years. Speaking Chinese is a great way to get into international businesses dealing in finance, technology, translation, interpreting, and even huge international organisations like the United Nations, etc.

Chinese Lessons in London

Chinese lessons are a great way to deepen your understanding of the language, improve your speaking skills, and get to grips with the writing system. Private classes will be like a linguistic exchange to help you improve your knowledge of the foreign language. No matter where you鈥檙e living in London, there are plenty of tutors all over the city. Whether you鈥檙e in Camden, Greenwich, Enfield, Croydon, Richmond, Islington, Hackney, Barnet, or Fulham, you鈥檒l be able to find private Chinese tutors. There are 120,000 people of Chinese origin in London and they make up a third of the country鈥檚 entire Chinese population.

Would you like to learn Chinese? You could do a language exchange with a native Chinese speaker and help them to speak to speak English while they help you with your Chinese. You can find Chinatown in the City of Westminster. Of course, this isn鈥檛 the only place in the capital where you can find Chinese speakers. However, it is a useful place to start looking for Chinese immersion without having to take a plane to China.

Learning Chinese to Travel to China and Taiwan

What better way to discover a language than to immerse yourself in it and the culture? If you want to immerse yourself in the Chinese language and culture, you can go to places like Beijing, Guangzhou, or Taipei. Spending time in Mainland China or other Chinese-speaking areas is great for learning the language. Once you leave the major cities, it鈥檚 unlikely that you鈥檒l find many people who can speak English, even among the younger generations. While the internet can help you learn to say the odd phrase like 鈥渘i hao鈥 (hello), it can鈥檛 help you in a conversation.

Taking Chinese Lessons with Superprof

If you鈥檇 like to become an intermediate or advanced speaker of Chinese, you need only to find the right private Chinese tutor on Superprof. Your tutor can tailor their conversation or writing tutorials to you in order to get the most out of every hour you spend together. Regardless of your level on the CEFR, be it A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, or C2, you鈥檒l be able to find a tutor to help you.

Chinese Lessons Available in London

These lessons are taught by qualified and experienced teachers. You can find night lessons in a number of different establishments.

The basics of the Chinese language

Remember that Mandarin isn鈥檛 as difficult as you might think: A lot of words are made up of common characters and syllables:

Let鈥檚 have a look at 鈥渢ai鈥, 鈥渮hong鈥, 鈥済u贸鈥, 鈥渂ei鈥, 鈥渘an鈥, 鈥渏ing鈥, 鈥渟han鈥, 鈥渪iang鈥:

Tai = city, 鍙

Zhong = middle, centre, 涓

Gu贸 = country, 鑿

Bei (or Pei) = north, 鍖

Nan = south, 鍗

Jing = capital, 浜

Shan = mountain, 灞,

Xiang = elephant, 璞.

With just these 8 characters, you can make plenty of Chinese words:

Zhonggu贸, The Middle Kingdom

Tainan, 鈥渢he city in the south鈥, Taiwan

Taizhong, 鈥渢he city in the centre鈥, Taiwan

Beijing, 鈥渢he capital of the north鈥, China

Xiangshin, 鈥渆lephant mountain鈥, a famous mountain in the southeast of Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, 鈥渢he city of the north鈥, the capital of Taiwan

Nanjing, 鈥渃apital of the south鈥, southeast China.

How can you learn to speak Chinese with a private tutor?

If you want to learn Chinese as a beginner, you鈥檒l need to familiarise yourself the pronunciation of Chinese words and the different tones. You鈥檒l need to learn characters, grammar (pronouns, adverbs, verbs, adjectives, meanings of words, etc.), vocabulary, and writing. Head to the site and find the right private tutor for you: compare rates, qualifications, and experience, etc.

FAQ's

馃挵 What is the cost of Chinese tuition in London?

In London, the average price of Chinese courses is 拢22.

 

97% of our private teachers will give the first hour of Chinese classes for free. This is a good occasion to discuss what you hope to gain from your private lessons.

 

The price of Chinese lessons will vary depending on:

  • the qualifications and amount of teaching experience of your Chinese teacher
  • Where your lessons will be held (via video chat or the student's home)
  • the number of lessons and the duration of each class
  • the goal of your classes (are you preparing for GCSE or A level exams? or do you want to get a Chinese language qualification? or maybe you are just learning to speak Chinese for fun.)

Browse the list of the available Chinese tutors in your city.

馃嚚馃嚦 What can you learn from a Chinese teacher?

Learning to speak Chinese has a number of benefits. Chinese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Some advantages of learning to speak a foreign language include improved communication skills and improved writing skills.

 

On Superprof, we have a number of highly skilled Chinese聽tutors available to give private tuition.

 

A Chinese tutor can help you with many things:

  • GCSE or A level exam preparation and past papers
  • Mastering the rules of Chinese grammar
  • Learning the Chinese alphabet and writing Chinese
  • Practicing speaking and pronounciation
  • Spelling and conjugation
  • Giving strategies to help you with your course work
  • Reading and comprehension
  • Help with homework
  • Helping you to grow confidence in your Chinese abilities.

You can decide with your tutor what you wish to accomplish from your private Chinese classes.

 

Working with one of our certified private tutors gives you the occasion to learn the Chinese language more efficiently.

 

Use the search engine to find your Chinese teacher from among 465 Chinese teachers in London.

 

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馃捇 Can you take Chinese classes online?

Learn to speak Chinese online with a private tutor from Superprof. Connect with native Chinese speakers online to improve faster.

 

Many of our Chinese tutors also offer private online tuition. In fact, about 80% of the private tutors across our platform give Chinese classes via Skype.

 

To find available Chinese teachers online, just select the webcam filter in the search engine to see the available instructors offering online courses in your desired subject.

 

Online courses via Skype offer you more benefits. You can plan your classes to fit around your schedule and online lessons are often less expensive as the teacher does not need to travel.

 

Find an online Chinese tutor

 

馃懇鈥嶐煆 How many teachers are available to teach Chinese classes in London?

There are currently 465 tutors available to teach private Chinese lessons in London and the suburban areas.

 

To find a private tutor, take a look at their tutoring advert to find out more information about their course offering.

 

Find a course in London from more than 465 Chinese teachers available.

馃鈥嶐煄 How can I find a Chinese teacher in my area?

On Superprof, you can browse the range of tutor profiles to find the right solution for your Chinese lessons.

 

Simply enter your requirements in the search bar to see the list of available tutors offering private courses in your region.

 

To find your private tutor, check out their individual tutoring advert to find out more information about their courses.

 

Once you have found a teacher that you like the look of, you can get in touch with them via a messaging service on our platform to discuss the details of your lessons.

 

There are currently 465 private Chinese teachers available to teach Chinese courses in London and the suburban areas.

 

Choose your tutor from our range of more than 465 tutors.