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.