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Mandarin Chinese in Edinburgh

One of the best things about the city of Edinburgh is its diversity. The rolling countryside and bustling city combine to provide an excellent destination that worldwide travellers have come to appreciate. In fact, the BBC published an article in 2016 that claims that Edinburgh is among the most popular places for Chinese tourists to visit and settle in Scotland. Today, about 28% of the population is foreign (according to the 2011 census), and the largest non-white group is Asian. Further, the Chinese is the largest subgroup, accounting for 1.7% of the total population of Edinburgh. So, if you want to communicate with the Chinese living in the city, enjoy the New Year Celebrations like a true Chinese person and even get a new job, start learning Mandarin today. Just contact us at Language Trainers and we will begin designing a course that suits your skills and requirements.

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Why Study Chinese in Edinburgh

Learn Chinese for Work: As the most spoken native language on the planet, learning Mandarin Chinese will help you advance your career and/or expand your business overseas. For example, if you are interested in networking with entrepreneurs of Chinese origin, you should get in touch with the Scotland-China Chamber of Commerce on George Street. Established in 2009, this not-for-profit organisation was created to assist Scottish and Chinese companies of all sizes with increasing their international trade and profitability. To achieve this this, they organise monthly programmes and conferences businesspeople from the city to all the way from China. Why not approach the Mandarin-speaking visitors after a meeting and impress them by communicating with them in their native language? Also, in case you would like to know more about business opportunities and incentives in mainland China, you should not miss the Shenzhen Exchange, a programme that welcomes Scottish companies seeking to expand into Beijing and China in general.

Learn Chinese for Social: Meanwhile, if you would rather speak about things besides business, and instead would like to socialise with other language learners and native speakers, you will find many opportunities for doing so in the city. For example, you can join the InterNations Space for the Chinese in Edinburgh, a language exchange group that welcomes anyone with an interest in the Mandarin language, regardless of their level of proficiency, ethnicity and age. Take advantage of this opportunity to put to use what you learn with us at Language Trainers and brush up your listening and speaking skills in a friendly atmosphere!

Learn Chinese for Culture: The Chinese culture is also very much alive in Edinburgh and you can experience it by taking part in the many events organised around the city. The most popular one is the Chinese New Year celebration, where you can enjoy food, parades, games, music and much more! In 2019, the famous Guizhou Song and Dance Troupe participated with a spectacular programme of singing and dancing. Another event you should not miss is the Chinese New Year Gala, a spectacular event organised every year where you will be able to meet Chinese native speakers and have a good time while eating traditional food, such as chow mein and chow fan.


Where to Learn Mandarin in and around Edinburgh

Start learning Mandarin at your convenience today! Our instructors are expert language teachers who will guide you to fluency in a short time, no matter how challenging the language. They will design every lesson to be interactive and tailored to your preferences. So, contact us today and we will arrange for one of our instructors to go to your home, workplace or public space of your choosing. Some options around the city for where you can take your lessons are the Central Library on George IV Bridge, Levels Cafe and Lounge on Holyrood Rd or Lowdon Coffee on George St.

If you are worried you won’t be able to book lessons with us because you live in the outskirts of the city, you can relax. We have great teachers who can get started today in Dundee, Glasgow, Dunfermline and Aberdeen.

What are you waiting for? Let’s go, 我们走吧 (Women zou ba)! And if you have some knowledge of Mandarin, please take a few minutes to complete our free Chinese Level Test. This way, we will understand your level of proficiency and prepare a suitable programme for you!

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1-on-1 General Mandarin Chinese Course in Edinburgh

Our general one-on-one courses in Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh

Our Mandarin Chinese courses in Edinburgh 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.

2-to-1 and Small Group
Mandarin Chinese Courses in Edinburgh (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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How to Book

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.

Review our quote and, if you are happy with it, receive our invoice and Agreement form.

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

Receive confirmation from our team with your Mandarin Chinese tutor’s details.

Begin your Mandarin Chinese training and receive your Mandarin Chinese course book.

Throughout your Mandarin Chinese course, the Language Trainers Academic Team will be on hand to help you with any queries.
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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.
After finishing your course, we will send you a course attendance and completion certificate..
Our team will provide you with follow-up learning opportunities, including: self study material, language courses in Mandarin Chinese-speaking countries, and more advanced courses with Language Trainers.
*Deposit payable by check, credit card, wire transfer, or PayPal. Your quote will include the number of classes and cost. A typical course lasts 30 hours per level, with classes of 2 hours each.

Client testimonials

See some of the testimonials we have received from our clients.

”Li teaches me grammar in a simple way, using many different examples. I notice a massive difference in my language skills from when I first started. ”

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”Qi is flexible for us when we have to cancel and the lessons themselves are useful and concentrate more on the spoken language.”

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