Singapore is known as the Lion City, and one of the Economic Tigers of Asia – called as such because of its almost unprecedented economic growth, other countries like Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan are also considered Economic Tigers of Asia.
Despite having no natural resources and a very diverse population, Singapore rose from being tiny and underdeveloped to becoming one of the richest not only in the Southeast Asia region but in the entire world, thus, Singapore is one of the most powerful financial hubs in the world.
But how did Singapore reach its economic status? It has been said that Singapore reached its economic status because of the vision, determination and exceptionally hard work of their first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who ruled Singapore for three (3) decades and is the longest-serving Prime Minister in the world.
During his regime, he transformed the former British colonial trading post into a flourishing financial hub. He did this by making Singapore accessible to foreign traders and their investments and by doing so foreign investors and traders came to expand and prosper.
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew fondly called LKY opened Singapore to foreign investor and traders along with it he also aimed for the redevelopment on Singapore. He paved the way for better and greater women’s rights, improve the quality of education and the educational system, and industrialization among others.
Singapore was and still is the epitome of economic success. Majority of Singaporeans can speak and converse in English but sadly not all Singaporeans can speak their native tongue – Mandarin. Most Mandarin speaking Singaporeans belong to the older generations.
Being an economic powerhouse, Singaporeans are expected to be able to relate to people of all backgrounds. But since a lot of Singaporeans of the younger generation are not able to speak Mandarin, they are missing out on the opportunity, unlike those Mandarin-speaking people.
There are Mandarin learning centres are very much availa5ble that offers different levels depending on your proficiency. Business Mandarin being one of the courses can be beneficial to Singaporeans who are unable to speak the language.
Business Mandarin tackles the all-important words and phrases you need to be able to effectively convey your business proposal or ideas. In Business Mandarin, you will learn at a deeper level how to speak, write and read Mandarin, that includes the most important – the accent.
Another aspect of Business Mandarin is the “Chinese Business Ways”. Since Chinese business depends greatly on personal relationships, in Business Mandarin you will be taught Chinese business etiquette to know and learn the valuable know-hows in Mandarin Business dealings.
An example is Chinese prefer to be able to connect and have a personal relationship with their clients by getting to know them more than other non-Chinese business folks.
Mandarin learning is very important especially to Singaporeans of the present working generation who intend to work locally, as there is a limited number that can speak Mandarin.
Chinese / Mandarin is known for being very clever in business, enrolling as a Business Mandarin student in an experienced Mandarin Learning Centre is of great help. To be able to speak the Mandarin language and be exposed to the Chinese Business etiquette is a great way to start a career in business and economy.