Mandarin Chinese in Melbourne

Melbourne is home to more than 4 million people, accounting for nearly 20 percent of Australia's entire population! Many of the population are members of non-native cultures, and according to the 2011 census, there are more than 10,000 Mandarin Chinese speakers in Melbourne, most of whom are monolingual speakers. This high number is hardly surprising as Chinese migrants have been arriving in Victoria since the gold rush of the 1850s, and the number of Chinese-born migrants living in Melbourne has more than doubled since 2001. Today, Melbourne’s Chinatown is the second-largest Chinese settlement outside of China. So, by learning this fascinating language, you will be able to interact with this community on another level, broaden your professional horizons and meet new friends around Melbourne. Get in touch with us today and we will design a personalised programme for you.

Staying home does not have to end your language journey. Quite the contrary, you can take one-on-one or small group online Mandarin Chinese lessons with our native, qualified language tutors. Reach out to us and our team will be happy to answer any questions!

Why Study Mandarin Chinese in Melbourne

For Work: Australian businesses today are expanding into Asian markets, so they need Mandarin speakers to effectively communicate with their international clients. Plus, businesses operating locally also benefit from hiring Chinese speakers to access Melbourne’s Mandarin-only speaking population as potential customers. So, learning Mandarin in Melbourne will look great on your CV and open up professional opportunities for you. If you are actively job-seeking, you should get in touch with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Victoria on Collins Street, formed in 1987. This institution aims to provide an interactive platform that creates business opportunities for those interested in connecting with Chinese companies and entrepreneurs. To achieve this, it frequently organises business forums, programmes and corporate lunches. These events are attended by native Mandarin speakers seeking bilingual partners and employees, so why not go and impress them with the language skills you learn with us at Language Trainers? And if you would like to keep up-to-date about Asian business in Melbourne, you can follow the Chinese Business Guide website. The site includes links to leading world finance sites and newspapers, advertisements, and general information about business and commerce. The website is completely in Chinese, so improve your Mandarin reading skills with us to ensure you can access this wealth of information!

For Culture: The benefits of learning Mandarin Chinese are not only limited to business in Melbourne. If you would like to experience this ancient culture in the city, you can celebrate the Chinese New Year with thousands of other people, for example: The Chinatown Community has undertaken Chinese New Year celebrations in Melbourne’s Chinatown for over 160 years. The festival consists of a diverse range of traditional and contemporary Chinese cultural activities, like the Millennium Dragon Procession. You can also visit the Festive Street Bazaar, an annual pop-up that allows Chinese families to purchase and pick up specific items, such as decorations, New Year messages, Nian Gao (rice cakes) and other supplies, for celebrating the new year. By learning Chinese, you will be able to read all the product descriptions without asking for an English translation!

For Social: Those who would like to meet and socialise with others who also love the Chinese language and culture can join the Melbourne Chinese Language and Culture Meetup. This group is for anyone who would like to put their Chinese into practice in a fun environment. They hold regular gatherings at least once a week, so we hope you will be able to find time to meet them! And after these meetings, why not take your new friends to one of the many traditional restaurants available around Melbourne? Some good choices are Bamboo House on Little Bourke and Lee Ho Fook on Duckboard Street, where you can order chow fan, mapo doufu and chow mein using the vocabulary and pronunciation you learn with us at Language Trainers!


Where to Learn Chinese in and around Melbourne

Start your Mandarin lessons today! At Language Trainers, we focus on your convenience and tailor our programmes to your skills and busy schedule. So, reach out to us and we will arrange for a native Chinese teacher to go to your home or office. You can also take your lessons in a public place if you prefer, like the State Library Victoria on Swanston St, 905 Cafe on New Haven Avenue or Sun Shoppe Cafe on the same street.

Would you like to learn Chinese Mandarin but live on the outskirts of Melbourne? Don’t worry, we have excellent teachers ready to meet you wherever you prefer, including in Geelong, St. Kilda, Seaholme and Spotswood. Let us know and we will be there!

Are you ready to get started? Let’s go, 们走 (Women Zouba)! And if you already have some knowledge of Mandarin, please take our free Chinese Level Test to understand your current skill level. Then, we will start designing a course tailored to your needs and schedule!

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1-on-1 General Mandarin Chinese Course in Melbourne

Our general one-on-one courses in Melbourne 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 Melbourne

Our Mandarin Chinese courses in Melbourne 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.

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Mandarin Chinese Courses in Melbourne (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.

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

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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.
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