Ever since Sir Stamford Raffles set foot in Singapore in 1819, it has been at the crossroads of East and West. People from Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America have made Singapore their home.
This cultural diversity is what makes Singapore the special place it is today. When people from diverse backgrounds come together, it provides the opportunity to combine the best of everyone.
But the magic can only happen when people know and respect each other. They need to be able to speak the same language.
We are proud when a Spanish professional surprises the taxi driver with a few words in Mandarin he learned with us. When the Filipino doctor makes her Chinese patients feel right at ease at a trying moment, because she speaks their language. And when a Singaporean plays a key role in a U.S. – Chinese business partnership, because of his deep understanding of both cultures and languages.
Yi Mandarin’s Indonesian-born co-founder Candy Lee didn’t speak Mandarin when she first came to Singapore. As she mastered the language, she saw the opportunities it opened up for her. Through her work with Yi Mandarin, she hopes to help others achieve the same transformation.
Our curriculum emphasizes topics that are of relevance and interest and can be immediately applied. Our classes take place in small groups or on a one-to-one basis to stimulate maximum interaction, which accelerates learning.
Our beginner conversational Mandarin course aims to get learners with no Mandarin background speaking as early as possible. After the first 24 hours of lessons, they will have learned to exchange greetings, ask for directions, read numbers and hold a simple conversation.
For advanced learners and corporate clients, we tailor lessons that cover industry specific terminology and business culture. This empowers them to take advantage of their newly acquired skills at the first opportunity.
Since our founding in 2011, we have had the privilege of helping hundreds of foreigners feel more at home in Singapore. We have also trained numerous top professionals, both foreign and local, from Fortune 500 companies.
In the years to come, we will keep sharpening the way we teach Mandarin. And we will continue to encourage our Mandarin learners to build positive social and business relationships across cultures.
My name is Candy Lee, Centre Manager of Yi Mandarin. You can also call me Ling Nie. Originally from Surabaya, Indonesia, I came to Singapore to learn Mandarin and have been here ever since. Having studied Mandarin myself, I understand that it can be challenging.
That’s why at Yi Mandarin, we have developed a method that will empower even complete beginners to learn Mandarin and understand Chinese culture. And we are never done improving upon ourselves. Learning Mandarin is a very personal journey and we strive to support you in every way we can. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them!
Ammy Ng is our student care manager. Her cheerful personality and always eager and ready to help makes her probably the best student care manager in the world. She is the person to go to for any request you need during the course of your studies. Request such as makeup classes, class cancellation and etc. The only thing you need to do for her is to be polite when you request.
Zheng Min (Senior Trainer)
Mina started her teaching career in China since 1999. Since she came to Singapore in 2003, she has been training foreign and local adults Chinese in beginner, social and business levels. From years of experience, she has built her teaching method and style which has helped many foreigners in Singapore in their quest to learn Mandarin.
Mina has taught in many companies such as DBS, Philips electronics, OCBC, Aberdeen, Tod’, INSEAD, BBC News, Cambridge University Press, Deutsche Bank, Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and BP.
Her teaching method, passion and a nice personality enable her students learn Chinese with fun and impressive results.
Celeste started teaching Mandarin since 2012 as a part-time tuition teacher. She moved to Singapore in 2002 to take up a course from NAFA and worked as a marketing executive for several educational institutes. Since graduation, Celeste has found a passion not only for the activity of teaching, but also for the end it serves.
She joined our institute in 2014 and has been conducting classes daily for expatriate adults. As she constantly find ways and new methods to improve her teaching skills, she has recently completed the ACTA course. Celeste’s marketing experience has enable her to better communicate and connect with students from all professions. She is patient with helping new or shy students to be at ease during lessons. Celeste is highly well-liked and respected by many of her students. Her outstanding methods has also gained her a fanbase and students have constantly requested to renew their classes with her.
Yan Yan has more than 7 years language teaching experience on adults in various professional field. A native speaker on Cantonese and Mandarin. she holds a double bachelor degree from Beijing Normal University and master degree from Nanyang Technological University.
Li jia a native speaker from China has over 8 years of teaching experience. She first started teaching Mandarin to oversea students (Adult) in Beijing Normal University. She also taught Mandarin in one of the most prestigious private language school in Shanghai.
She also has experience teaching business Chinese and different proficiency level of Mandarin. She decided to move to Singapore in 2011. Li Jia is a passionate and committed teacher and is well liked by her students.
Ivy Chen has been teaching Mandarin in Singapore since 2008. She started specializing in home tuition for primary and secondary school students for several years, and has accumulated tremendous experience in teaching academic Chinese. Since 2010, Ivy also started training expatriate adults in social and business Mandarin. With her vast knowledge in the Chinese Culture, our expatriate students had gain valuable insights to living and working in a Chinese society, especially those who are posted to China for business trips.
Ivy was born in Xi’an, China and has relocated to Singapore in year 2000. She worked as an admin and HR executive for her first 3 years in Singapore, before deciding to be a full time Chinese tutor to fulfill her passion. Being a very responsible person, and meticulous in everything she does, students has learned a lot the about the Chinese language from her, especially in pronunciation and grammar.
Weina is an experienced Mandarin tutor with more than 8 years of teaching experience . She also does translation work for Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). She prefer private classes and started teaching Mandarin in 2009 to expatriates across all levels of proficiency. She likes to customise her materials as she believe every individual is unique and she will go the extra length to choose the correct materials, vocabulary cards for learning.
Some notable success story include a German regional director of a large Multi National Company and an Austrian PR officer, they started as a total beginner (A0) and are after learning with her for about 6 months they are able to converse confidently with Chinese colleagues and media in China. She is also able to speak the Japanese language and that helps her to ease the language barrier for her Japanese students as well. She is friendly and easy-going, and she likes to share life experiences with friends and students.
Ni Lu a Chinese native and is fluent in two other languages; English and Japanese. Her overseas experience includes teaching IELTS at Pattison English School in Harbin and Conversational English in UCL Language Centre in London. Since she came to Singapore in 2016, she work as a Chinese language teacher in Yi Mandarin.
She is passionate about helping adult learners who aim to upgrade themselves and do better at work. She is a very popular trainer and is well liked by her peers and students. Ni Lu’s unique strength is in getting students participate in class friendly activities and making her class interesting and lively. Many students like Ni Lu as a teacher because she is responsible, helpful and approachable.