Case study: Mandarin Chinese

Chinese is spoken by more people than any other language in the world. Although Chinese has many dialects, Mandarin, based on the pronunciation of Beijing, is considered to be the standard and is spoken by about 60% of the population.

Because of the complexity of Chinese script, our clients usually prefer to focus simply on speaking and listening skills, rather than reading and writing.

Our business Mandarin Chinese language training also incorporates social and business etiquette – so important when dealing with clients of another culture.

The grammar of Mandarin is relatively easy, but the pronunciation, including the 4 famous ‘tones’, is more difficult for English speakers to grasp.  Lots of practice is needed to ‘get it right’ – but once you are able to communicate even at a basic level with your Chinese clients, you will find that this is repaid many times over in goodwill and the building up of long-lasting business relationships.

Our outstanding team of Mandarin tutors comprises native speakers who are more than comfortable teaching at senior management level.  They are highly experienced  and qualified and can offer training which is fun but informative, whilst incorporating essential  aspects of social and business etiquette.

Many of our clients choose to learn Mandarin for business because of on-going business in that part of the world eg A Bilbrough – one of the world’s leading Protection and Indemnity Associations.

Other London-based clients who have studied Mandarin Chinese with CLT include ZBI Europe (financial services) and BDO Services (business accountancy).

But it is not only London-based companies who have turned to CLT for their Chinese language training.  Clients in other parts of the country includes Matalan (clothing) based in Skelmersdale and Impact Techniques based in Nottinghamshire – who design and supply cross coupling and cable protectors for the oil and gas industry.  With facilities in both the UK and China, Mandarin was an obvious choice for Impact Techniques when it came to choosing a foreign language for business.

SAIC Motor Corporation Limited is a Chinese state-owned automotive design and manufacturing company headquartered in Shanghai, China, with multinational operations.  When SAIC took over the Longbridge MG plant they turned to CLT to train key members of staff in Chinese, which was the start of a long and productive working relationship between our two companies as more and more people started learning Mandarin in order to communicate better with their new colleagues.

Another regular client is the JCB Academy situated in Rocester next to the world headquarters of the famous J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited, universally known as JCB, a British multinational corporation, manufacturing equipment for construction, agriculture, waste handling and demolition.  Students at the renowned Academy have been studying Mandarin Chinese and taking external qualifications in the language in order to boost their career prospects and also to help those seeking work experience at the JCB plant in China.