Mandarin Chinese in Christchurch

Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s most multicultural cities, with residents that have relocated to the city from all over the world. The largest foreign-born population was initially the 15,000 Brits from the United Kingdom. However, the most populous foreign community today is that of the Chinese. According to the 2016 provisional census, more than 20,000 residents in Christchurch claim Chinese ancestry and speak Mandarin at home. Sign up for a Mandarin course today and learn to communicate with this ethnic group on a whole new level, as well as to take advantage of local social and educational opportunities. Contact us at Language Trainers to make it happen!

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Why Study Mandarin in Christchurch

For Social: Learning this Asian language will be helpful in case you want to meet new people around the city who also love the language of Mandarin. For example, you can join the Christchurch Asian Meetup, a group of people who get together to have some fun, taste delicious Chinese cuisine and talk about their lives and experiences using the Mandarin Chinese language. Don’t hesitate to attend their gatherings, even if you are just starting your language course, as they welcome everyone, regardless of their level of proficiency. There is loads of fun to had! For example, you can participate in their Chinese New Year Hotpot Lunch and celebrate with a traditional Chinese feast! Join them for a time of celebration, eating and making new friends. They usually meet at Maxine’s Palace on Lincoln Road.

For Culture: Besides using your new skills to meet new people, learning Mandarin will also come in handy if you are looking to explore this ancient Asian culture around Christchurch. For example, those who love cinema can attend the Chinese Film Festival in New Zealand and The First Golden Fern Awards that has been taking place every year since 2008. The Film Festival is the continuing effort to showcase excellent Chinese films to New Zealanders and strengthen relationships between people and film-makers of New Zealand and China. After taking some lessons with us at Language Trainers, you will be able to understand everything the actors are saying without needing to glance at the English subtitles on the screen. And if you are interested in art, don’t miss the monthly exhibitions of Chinese art at the Christchurch Art Gallery. Celebrating the rich and varied arts of Asia, especially those from China, Korea and Japan, the gallery highlights the beauty of Asian art, including religious iconography and the role of the mandarin (a bureaucrat soldier) and the samurai as traditional patrons of the arts.

For Studies: And if you want to study Chinese at university level, you will be happy to know you can do so at the prestigious University of Canterbury, where you can enrol in their Chinese Studies programme. This course provides a wide range of options for learning the Chinese language and the country’s literature, traditions and culture. It is backed by a team of staff specialising in language, literature, philosophy, film, and culture, so don’t hesitate to start studying if you are interested in majoring in Chinese at university. One of the few requirements to enrol is to have a basic understanding of Mandarin. So, start preparing today to ensure you are ready! Contact us and we will adapt our Exam Preparation course to suit your needs and goals, ensuring you will pass an accredited exam and achieve the proficiency you need to start the course.


Where to Learn Mandarin in and around Christchurch

Find out more about our Mandarin Chinese courses and let us help you become fluent in no time! Our lessons are tailored to your preferences and convenience, so we adapt every course to your specific skills and schedule. Further, our native-speaking tutors can come to your home or office. Or, if you prefer to take your lessons in a public space, there are many places you can do so, like the Portershed Specialty Cafe on Lincoln Road, C1 Espresso on High Street or the South Christchurch Library on Colombo Street.

Are you living on the outskirts of Christchurch and would like to study Mandarin with us? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Our excellent teachers are waiting to plan your first class throughout the country and in nearby areas like Rapaki, Lincoln, Lyttelton, Prebbleton and Merivale.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go, 们走 (Women Zou Ba)! And if you have studied the language before, please take one of our free Chinese Level Tests, so we can understand your current skill ability and design a suitable programme for you!

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1-on-1 General Mandarin Chinese Course in Christchurch

Our general one-on-one courses in Christchurch will help students improve their Mandarin Chinese level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our Mandarin Chinese classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

1-on-1 Business Mandarin Chinese Course in Christchurch

Our Mandarin Chinese courses in Christchurch are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone Mandarin Chinese and email skills, as well as a level of survival Mandarin Chinese, granting them the ability to work in a country where Mandarin Chinese is the native tongue.

2-to-1 and Small Group
Mandarin Chinese Courses in Christchurch (closed group)

Our Mandarin Chinese courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One Mandarin Chinese Course or In-Company Small Group Mandarin Chinese Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster Mandarin Chinese Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.

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Take our Mandarin Chinese Language Level Test.

Let us know why you need to learn Mandarin Chinese and include the time and location that best suit you.

Review our quote and, if you are happy with it, receive our invoice and Agreement form.

Sign our Agreement form and submit a deposit* for the course.

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Throughout your Mandarin Chinese course, the Language Trainers Academic Team will be on hand to help you with any queries.
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After the first lesson or two, our team will contact you to ensure you are happy with your trainer. If necessary, we will change the focus of the course to better suit your needs.
After finishing your course, we will send you a course attendance and completion certificate..
Our team will provide you with follow-up learning opportunities, including: self study material, language courses in Mandarin Chinese-speaking countries, and more advanced courses with Language Trainers.
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