The Chinese Language: The Challenge of Learning Mandarin in Singapore

Language, Learning

Mandarin is a language, which is part of a larger group of languages, spoken by 1.3 billion people worldwide. If you consider Chinese to be one language, rather than a group of different styles and dialects, it is regarded as the single most commonly spoken language on the planet. It is spoken in countries like China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. If you are interested in learning Chinese, it can seem intimidating and challenging, especially when you look at the alphabet and the different tones. But learning Chinese can also be rewarding, and knowing it can benefit your career, and help to improve your travels should be motivation enough to take that first step!

How to start learning Mandarin?

If you decide to learn the Chinese language, there a number of ways you can go about doing so. As a college student, you can study Mandarin Chinese and even earn a degree in it! There’s a whole dedicated department at the National University of Singapore (NUS)! Earning a college degree in Chinese will provide you with a solid knowledge of formal Mandarin. You will also be proficient in reading and writing the alphabet, which is a standard alphabet throughout the Chinese-speaking world. If you are established in your career and find it necessary to learn Mandarin for business dealings or business-associated travel, you can enrol in the Agape School of Education’s (ASoE) accelerated Chinese language courses. We use a variety of techniques and tools, including in-house video and audio materials that teach quick learning techniques and will rapidly prepare you to learn how to speak basic Mandarin.

Learning to speak Mandarin with the ASoE is an affordable and convenient way to quickly pick up or refresh your language skills before an important business trip or meeting! We can tailor our courses and lessons so that you learn exactly what you need.

If you are a student interested in learning Mandarin, or if you are a tourist with a desire to travel around Asia or China, an ideal way to learn the Chinese language is through participation in an immersion program. By doing this, you will not only learn how to speak Chinese, but you will learn about and experience Chinese culture.


That’s why our courses at ASoE emphasise learning about the culture of the language, not just the linguistic rules. We also offer conversational courses, facilitated by native speakers! You will be immersed in the culture of China while giving you a safe space to practice your speech and conversation with your peers. Many of our students have found that learning to speak Mandarin becomes much more comfortable than you thought. Since it is a total immersion into the Chinese world, you will learn all conversational and idiomatic styles of the language. We teach our students skills that help them interact every day with people who are native speakers of Mandarin, even if the other party can’t speak English.

With a focus on the love for languages, you will grow to understand and recognize the value of the ancient Chinese culture: the history, the art, the architecture, the food, and it’s people. But don’t worry, we also prepare students for exams, diplomas, and international language accreditation! You will attend courses in which you will learn the complex Chinese alphabet, how to read it, and how to write it as well.

If you are fluent in Mandarin, not only could it help you in your current career, but it could also open doors to new opportunities for you. With China as a booming economy, especially within the South-East Asian region, Mandarin is quickly becoming an essential skill for professionals. That’s not all, looking for some extra money for the holiday period or travel? With our courses, you could take up a side hustle as a foreign language translator, translating websites, training documents, and other essential business documents, while helping to bridge the communication gap between two very different cultures. You might also consider a career as a teacher of English as a second language. Wherever you might go, being fluent in Mandarin will come in handy!

Learning how to speak, read, and write the Chinese language has many advantages. It gives you the potential to enhance your career by working or traveling abroad, not to mention, light the path to new opportunities. At the very least, taking the time to learn the Chinese language will open your eyes to a new and often misunderstood culture, and is an achievement that can be personally and professionally fulfilling.

In addition, the ASoE offers the following specialized and customizable courses in Chinese:


Learn with us!

There is a myriad of ways to ensure that foreign language time is quality time, but like any other aspect of parenting: trust your judgment, employ your imagination, and listen very, very well. For everything else, trust the Agape School of Education for all your language needs!

Expose yourself to a new language at Agape School of Education through our carefully crafted Courses. Find a language you’re keen on learning through our Courses and begin your language learning experience with us. Invest in your SkillsFuture credit with us!



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