Are the Benefits of Learning Mandarin Economic Only?

To say that learning Chinese is beneficial for Singaporeans as it opens up business opportunities with the rise of China is indeed a cliché. There’s no doubt that Singapore, which has the world’s first and second most important languages – English and Mandarin –– at...

Where to learn Mandarin in Singapore?

If you are looking to learn Mandarin chinese, Singapore has many options and it can get quite tedious to find the right one. Search “Learn Mandarin in Singapore” on google and you will find many Mandarin schools. Most schools offer a mix of both speaking and writing....

What makes Yi Mandarin different?

You probably stumbled here looking for a school to learn Mandarin in Singapore. While you are deciding on which Mandarin school to go to, I am happy to give you a few tips to help you reach your goal. I do this because I like to do what I can to help people. Even if...

Travelling through Many Tongues

My journey in language acquisition started in the heart of Southeast Asia – on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island. Born in a town at the island’s northern tip, I’m a third-generation Southeast Asian whose great grandparents had left southern China at the turn of the last...

Language Acquisition

At the heart of the perennial nature vs nurture debate on human development is language acquisition. Two schools of thought exist to convince us how we attain language proficiency. Are we imbued with an inherent ability to excel in a language we choose to learn? Or...

Rushing to learn Business Mandarin

Chinese language trainers are often asked by potential students if they can skip the beginner course in General Mandarin and dive headlong into Business Mandarin. The former are obliged to point out that beginners without any basics in Chinese who embark on Business...