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The ability to speak and write Mandarin is a much sought-after skill among employers in the public and private industry in Malaysia due to the country’s multicultural society and also strong diplomatic and economic ties with Chinese speaking countries across the globe. Keep reading as we share with you how mastering Mandarin makes you a valuable asset across borders and how to effectively learn Mandarin!

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Be a global communicator- Advance your career with Mandarin

Seeing is believing, so we have compiled two public figures’ journey on how they soared in their respective careers with the help of Mandarin to communicate and perform effectively.

Badminton player - Viktor Axelsen

Axelsen is certainly no stranger to most Malaysians, especially after we watched the thrilling rubber game of him and fellow Malaysian, Lee Zii Jia during the All-England finals in March this year.

Apart from his badminton skills, Axelsen who hails from Denmark is also well known for his Mandarin learning passion. He reportedly started learning Mandarin from a Mandarin teacher in 2014 and even signed up for Mandarin online conversational lessons via Skype.  He is now able to hold conversations and even answer fully in Mandarin during interviews by the Chinese press.

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Axelsen is good friends with his former competitors, Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan
Source: bwfbadminton.com

Axelsen mentioned that he was motivated to learn Mandarin because many badminton competitions were held in China and he also wanted to communicate more freely with his fellow Mandarin-speaking competitors like Lin Dan and our very own Datuk Lee Chong Wei!

He added that his fluency in Mandarin has helped him to improve as he could learn new skills directly from his Chinese coach and even secure international sponsorships as a player. As seen on his Instagram, he is still actively practising Mandarin and continues to engage with his Chinese speaking fans during the lockdown.

Singer - Shila Amzah

Famed for becoming the first runner up for Malaysia’s singing competition, One in A Million, Shila rose to international stardom when she decided to enter the Chinese music industry in 2012.

Her breakthrough came after winning the Asian Wave in Shanghai and she continued to make headlines when she joined another singing contest- I Am A Singer Season 2. Her singing clips especially her rendition of Forever Love, originally sung by Wang Lee Hom has garnered over 3.2 million views on Youtube.

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Shila is now a household name in the Chinese singing industry
Source: Malay Mail

Shila previously revealed that she did not speak a word of Mandarin before she started working in China. It was initially challenging to communicate with her fans and staffs but as she worked in China and Hong Kong over the years, she started to take Mandarin lessons to master the language. This has helped her to convey her emotions and song delivery in Mandarin more effectively.

Presently, she is the first and only Malay singer to make a name in the Mandopop market. She also successfully launched her Mandarin album in which she self-penned some of them through collaborations with other Mandarin artists.  Fondly known as 茜拉 by her Chinese speaking fans, Shila has a massive fanbase on Weibo, having more than 2.3 million followers.

Identifying your motivation to learn Mandarin and act upon it

Learning Mandarin as a second or third language is surely not an easy feat, especially with the pinyin, characters recognition and cultural understanding. However, like Axelsen and Shila it is important to know why you want to learn Mandarin in the first place and take practical actions to master it.

If you are working in a multinational company and you are constantly in contact with Chinese speaking clients and employers in business settings, you can focus more on improving your vocabularies and listening skill to be more confident during meetings.

You could also be a student who wants to work for an international organization like United Nations (UN) in the future. Given that Mandarin is one of the official languages of the UN, you might want to focus more on overall spoken and written language comprehension or even sit for a language proficiency test.

Studying on your own could be lonely if you are a beginner and clueless on how to learn Mandarin effectively. You can start by looking for a Mandarin tutor that you can be comfortable with. It is even better to commit to a physical or online Mandarin class where you get to practice your listening, speaking, reading and even writing regularly.

Where are the Mandarin classes near me in Johor Bahru?

Apart from Mandarin classes in Chinese medium schools, private Mandarin tutors are certainly in high demand in Malaysia and the classes are not only just available in cities such as Kuala Lumpur.

If you are based in Johor Bahru, you might ask yourself, how can I gain access to Mandarin tutors near me? Continue reading to find out.

1. Kunkwan International Mandarin Training Centre

Kunkwan’s Mandarin classes cater to two main groups, for children (7-12 years old) and adults (13 years and above). Beginners in the Mandarin language will receive training on listening and speaking to improve their language comprehension before advancing to the intermediate and advanced level, where they will focus on character recognition and reading.

Located at Taman Desa Terbau, Kunkwan also offers students the option to prepare for their Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) examination for academic purpose or career advancement. The centre is also passionate in terms of teaching students about the beauty of Chinese culture in the form of calligraphy classes, Chinese martial arts as well as music.

Online foundation classes are currently available for beginners at an affordable rate due to the pandemic.

2. Johor Bahru Edu Mandarin

Located in Mount Austin and Sunway Iskandar, Johor Bahru Edu Mandarin has several branches located in Kuala Lumpur that also offer diverse Mandarin learning packages for various targeted students of different levels of proficiency in Mandarin.

Face to face learning, e-learning and online classes are available and arrangeable according to the students’ schedule and requirement. Students above 12 years of age will follow the Great Wall Chinese syllabus that covers vocabulary learning, grammar and sentence structure construction as well as commonly used daily life expressions in conversations.

If students decide to proceed to higher levels, they will learn Mandarin according to the New Practical Chinese Reader materials that have been adapted for the local context.

3. Superprof

A globally recognized learning platform that helps you to personalise your learning of all kinds of subjects, you can count on Superprof to match you with the most suitable Mandarin teacher for your Mandarin lessons!

Once you access the website, you just need to choose Mandarin as the subject and enter your location. In a split second, you will see a comprehensive list of Mandarin tutors with diverse academic and teaching experience.

One of Superprof’s greatest strength is its borderless and limitless learning experience. You don’t have to worry even if you are relocating to new places. You can still learn Mandarin effectively in Ipoh or find Mandarin tutors in Melaka where you can either choose to learn from the same Mandarin tutor from your previous location or learn from the tutors from other states without a hassle!

Flexible Mandarin lessons are the way to go

We understand that everyone has different learning styles. Some of you might be thinking of studying Mandarin as a beginner from a private Mandarin tutor with flexible offline or online arrangement options.

At Superprof, you can select your Mandarin tutor based on these criteria, where your tutor can either meet you face to face or have a webcam session with you for your Mandarin lesson. You will also not be confined to a fixed syllabus while learning from your Mandarin tutor as every tutor has different teaching styles and materials.        

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Learning Mandarin is flexible these days thanks to the Internet
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You can also access your Mandarin lessons whenever and wherever you want, according to your schedule, and even request pre-recorded extra lessons from your Mandarin tutors. This will be a great step to improve your Mandarin as you get to revise your lessons over and over again.

Most importantly, you can communicate directly and comfortably with him or her about the areas that you want to master in-depth, such as writing or speaking and they will make the necessary adjustments for your next lesson!

Remember, you can gain swift access to Mandarin tutors from Northern cities like Seberang Perai as well as Mandarin lessons from Southern regions like Johor Bahru through a flexible learning platform like Superprof.

In due time, you will surely see the fruits of learning Mandarin at your workplace, by becoming an amazing communicator and thinker which will lead you to many open doors in the future!

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