Did you know that English is only the 3rd most spoken language in the world?

Contrary to popular belief, Mandarin Chinese is currently the number one spoken language in the world with over 1.3 billion speakers worldwide. It comes as no surprise that learning the language is one of the best ways to open many new doors for career opportunities.

In fact, the global demand for bilinguals who can speak Mandarin has been constantly increasing throughout the years. The demand has been so great that bilinguals working in first-world countries such as the UK are paid 5-20% more than monolingual employees.

Being able to converse in Mandarin is one of the best ways to get a leg up on life. Not just for the benefit of your future, but for your wellbeing.

One such example is the quaint little town of Ipoh. Brimming with rich culture and tradition, this place breathes life into history through its colonial buildings, beca rides, unique souvenirs, and heavenly food.

Ipoh is truly a paradise to visit and a great place to call home, yet, it can be difficult for anyone to truly enjoy themselves without being able to speak the local language.

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Why Is Taking Mandarin Courses So Important In Ipoh

Language is deeply intertwined with tradition and culture. With a society that deeply revolves around these beliefs, it comes as no surprise that Mandarin is an integral part of Ipoh’s heritage.

There is no doubt that you can enjoy the benefits this quaint little city has to offer without the need to speak Mandarin, however, by conversing with the locals in a language that they feel most comfortable in, you will be treated with so much more warmth and vigor.

Ipoh is the 4th largest city in Malaysia with a population of over 650,000 people, yet unlike the other cities, most of Ipoh’s citizens only speak Mandarin. Aside from being able to enjoy Ipoh’s amenities fully, taking Mandarin classes also allows you to be able to converse with virtually anyone in the state. This is fantastic for a couple of reasons.

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Colorful spread of Dim Sum
Indescribably delicious food.
Crazy cheap as well. A spread like this is less than RM20 ($5).
(Source: rasamalaysia.com)

As much as history is preserved within the pre-colonial infrastructure of Ipoh, so is the tradition of language. With the city’s population being predominantly Chinese Malaysian, a majority of conversations and daily transactions are spoken in Mandarin.

While conversing in English or Bahasa is fine for the most part, you’ll still miss out on the best luxuries Ipoh has to offer; mainly the heavenly food stalls.

Ipoh is known throughout Malaysia as gourmet heaven, where its heart and soul lie in the comfort food sold by the streets. Most of these food sellers are old-timers who have been perfecting their dishes for decades. As masters of their crafts, the best thing they have to offer other than their lovely food is their incredibly budget-friendly prices.

However, these hawkers usually speak only one language -- Mandarin.

With the help of a private Mandarin tutor, you can easily converse with the hawkers. Plus, your Mandarin teacher would probably know where are all the hidden gems of food.

Learning Mandarin Scores You Great Deals With The Locals In Ipoh

Ipoh Walk Night Bazaar
The world-famous Ipoh Walk Night Bazaar features vendors and sellers from all walks of life, selling almost anything you can think of. Food, clothing, toys, medicine, and even pets.
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Other than being able to unlock the full potential of Foodie Heaven, being able to speak Mandarin in Ipoh also nets you amazing deals around the local markets.

The locals appreciate people who speak their language, and they are more than thrilled to give anyone who speaks their mother tongue a huge discount. In fact, most tourists who are able to converse with them in decent Mandarin reap the benefits of being able to bargain and haggle with ease; which, by the way, is an integral part of Malaysian culture.

Private Mandarin tutors will help you speak Mandarin at a conversational level. By being able to speak with the locals, they'll be thrilled and more than happy to give you a ton of discounts, and if you're lucky, maybe even some freebies!

Where To Find A Mandarin Tutor In Ipoh

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Mandarin isn’t the easiest language to learn, in fact, some people argue that it is one of the most difficult to master especially without any teachers to guide you. That is why Ipoh is filled with choices for Mandarin classes.

If big classes aren't your thing and you prefer more personal lessons, you're in luck! Ipoh also offers a world-class selection of private Mandarin tutors as compared to anywhere else in Malaysia.

My Private Tutor

Operating since 2009 with thousands of tutors nationwide, My Private Tutor is an incredible site that helps students and parents around Malaysia find the perfect tutor to suit individual learning needs. The website guarantees to match you up with professional tutors that are passionate about teaching, care about their student’s success in life and ensures that they excel in both written and spoken Mandarin.

Their services also cover a wide range of other topics such as Business, Etiquette, Abacus and Accounting, and Mandarin guidance from UPSR to IGCSE. Aside from offering online tutoring courses throughout Ipoh and Malaysia, My Private Tutor also offers you the first session for free as an introductory course.

Finding your perfect tutor on the site involves a simple 3-step process.

  1. Fill up a short form or email them at  info@myprivatetutor.my to tell them what type of Mandarin tutor are you looking for, and what are your learning goals. The more details you are able to provide, the faster they will match you up with a suitable tutor.
  2. Your requests will instantly be sent to all matching tutors and centers on the website. Within a few hours of posting, you will be contacted by a qualified Mandarin tutor via phone, WhatsApp, or email.
  3. Upon contact, you can discuss your Mandarin learning needs, and compare the various tutors that have reached out to you to decide on the best fit for your request.

Tutoroo

Operating since 2017, Tutoroo is a globally acclaimed teaching platform that introduces students to ideal tutors. The website offers critically acclaimed Mandarin tutors to students all around Malaysia, including a vast list of tutors from Ipoh.

The website makes the process of finding the perfect tutor an incredibly simple task as they manage, facilitate and coordinate the entire process from start to finish. Similar to a match-making or middleman service, Tutoroo profiles each student’s individual needs and pairs them up with Mandarin tutors that are most likely to help them achieve their personal goals.

With this highly personalized tutoring service, you can request tutors in specific niches such as Traditional Mandarin, Tao Te Ching and Confucianism, Chinese philosophy, and much more.

Tutorkami

TutorKami is a homegrown brand founded by a full-time home tutor. Throughout Ahmad Hambal Noorsham's career, he was flooded with inquiries from students and parents that were looking for private lessons. He noticed that many of these inquiries were also on subjects he didn't teach such as Mandarin.

Seeing this as an opportunity to give back to the community, Ahmad Hambal Noorsham created TutorKami to help parents find the best-suited tutors for their children.

Superprof Malaysia

Superprof is a giant in the tutoring industry, with over 14 million tutors available worldwide, the service offers over 1000 different specialized courses. One of Malaysia’s leading online tutoring services, Superprof also offers one of the most diverse lists of qualified Mandarin tutors all around Malaysia. Through Superprof, you will be able to learn whenever and wherever you want. You can easily access the best Mandarin teachers from the Northern region like Seberang Perai, learn Mandarin from educators in Johor Bahru and also explore Mandarin lessons with the help of Mandarin tutors from Kuala Lumpur.

The website helps students find the perfect tutors by offering them a diverse choice of tutors and a free consultation/introductory lesson to ensure that both parties are on the same page.

What sets Superprof aside from their competitors is their attention to detail when it comes to profiling student needs. They help students find tutors based on each individual’s budget, the tutor’s qualifications on the subject, the tutor’s public reviews, and student’s availability or preference such as home or webcam lessons.

Equipped with a very user-friendly interface and hassle-free messaging system, Superprof also allows students to communicate with tutors efficiently, ensuring zero breakdowns in communication!

Learning Mandarin Opens The Doors To The Past And The Future

Aside from giving you amazing opportunities in life, learning how to speak Mandarin also lets you fully enjoy your experience with traditional places around the world, such as the town of Ipoh. Fancy visiting another historical city in Malaysia? You can also check out Mandarin lessons from Melaka to equip you with the best knowledge of the city and the language!

However, learning Mandarin on your own is definitely not easy. You will need a great tutor that knows exactly what they need to teach you in order to help you reach your goals. Luckily, finding the perfect Mandarin tutor is not hard at all, especially in Ipoh. Plus, with My Private Tutor, Tutoroo and Superprof, you can do it all with just the click of a button!

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When he's not playing video games, David helps companies from around the world build their brands and find their voice. He enjoys finding the right words to say and explaining things in a fun and engaging way.