Language Training

Square Mile Mandarin has four distinct language training tracks. Each track is specialised and uniquely designed to meet the particular learning needs of different audiences: MANDARIN FOR DOING BUSINESS, MANDARIN AT WORK, MANDARIN FOR SOCIAL INTERACTION and TEST PREPARATION

Our language courses are specifically and uniquely designed for professional staff at professional services firms, commerce, industry and government. Coursework is structured around topics of particular relevance to professionals and business people as they interact with Chinese clients, colleagues and contacts. We pride ourselves in having created a unique intellectual and stimulating learning environment focused on supporting your professional development, business and network.

If you would like to attend our courses, please inquire with your HR or L&D department whether Square Mile Mandarin already run a group Mandarin course at your organisation's City or Canary Wharf premises. We accept students who are self-funding their classes and students that are being sponsored by their organisations. If you are interested in learning more and joining our classes, please write us here for a list of available groups, dates, times and locations.

We award certificates of completion which you can proudly link to your LinkedIn profile for those students who choose to join the Certificate track and who pass our final exam. Please read on to learn more about our courses and how to register.

 

MANDARIN FOR DOING BUSINESS is aimed at professionals who are looking to begin or improve their Mandarin knowledge for the purpose of applying it at work to understand and communicate with Chinese clients and contacts. The course is aimed at professional service firms, commerce, industry and government professionals. Classes are held over 10 weeks and cover a specific range of topics relevant to business life and establishing or improving a professional connection. Where the student prefers it, we seek to group professionals working in similar fields together and we purposefully adapt the content to fit in with the professional needs of the group. Your class-time participation does not exceed 2 hours per week, typically organised first thing in the morning, during the lunch break or after work during the working week at locations in the City and Canary Wharf. Where we have partnered with corporate clients and have courses running at their City and Canary Wharf premises, there is the opportunity for broader choice of 2-hour time slots during the working day. You can choose a group class setting with no more than 6 students (£20/hr per person) or a 1-to-1 private tutor who visits you at work in central London (£50/hr per person) or video calls you online (£35/hr per person) during a mutually convenient time. Currently, we do not charge VAT and the prices we quote are inclusive of all materials and  service charges. We run Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes. Your progress will be assessed on an ongoing basis through homework, assignments and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback on every lesson and written feedback with your homework. When you complete a Mandarin for Doing Business level, you are welcome to join the next level in the same programme or transfer into a different class (Mandarin at Work, Mandarin for Social Interaction or HSK Test Preparation) where the emphasis is on different aspects of language use.

MANDARIN FOR DOING BUSINESS

Group classesPrivate tutorOnline tutor
£20/hr per person (£400 for the course inclusive of all materials and taxes)£50/hr (£1000 for the course inclusive of all materials and taxes)£35/hr (£700 for the course inclusive of all materials and taxes)
Beginner/Intermediate/AdvancedBeginner/Intermediate/AdvancedBeginner/Intermediate/Advanced
Designed for professional services firms, commerce, industry and governmentBespoke face-to-face 1-to-1 tutoring focused on your Mandarin needsBespoke 1-to-1 tutoring by high quality video-call if you are based outside of London
Up to 6 people per classFlexible schedule around your work commitmentsFlexible schedule around your work commitments
2 hours per week for 10 weeks2 hours per week for 10 weeks2 hours per week for 10 weeks
4-hour Saturday class available4-hour Saturday class available4-hour Saturday class available
City and Canary Wharf locationsTeacher comes to your London office (£15 daily travel reimbursement applies if you work or live outside of central London)Direct online teacher contact
Certificate of completion availableCertificate of completion availableCertificate of completion available
Alumni social eventsAlumni social eventsAlumni social events

 

MANDARIN AT WORK is aimed at professionals who are looking to begin or improve their Mandarin knowledge for the purpose of understanding and communicating with their Chinese colleagues. The course is aimed at professionals who work in the English branches of Chinese corporates. Classes are held over 10 weeks and cover a particular range of topics relevant to establishing or improving professional connections with China HQ, managers and colleagues. Where the student prefers it, we group professionals working in similar fields together and we purposefully adapt the content to fit in with the professional needs of the group. Your class-time participation does not exceed 2 hours per week, typically organised first thing in the morning, during the lunch break or after work during the working week at locations in the City and Canary Wharf. Where we have partnered with corporate clients and have courses running at their City and Canary Wharf premises, there is the opportunity for broader choice of 2-hour time slots during the working day. You can choose a group class setting with no more than 6 students (£15/hr per person for Beginner and Intermediate and £18/hr per person for Advanced) or a 1-to-1 private tutor who visits you at work in central London (£50/hr per person) or video calls you online (£35/hr per person) during a mutually convenient time. Currently, we do not charge VAT and the prices we quote are inclusive of all materials and  service charges. Your progress will be assessed on an ongoing basis through homework, assignments and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback on every lesson and written feedback with your homework. When you complete a Mandarin at Work level, you are welcome to join the next level in the same programme or transfer into a different class (Mandarin for Doing Business, Mandarin for Social Interaction or HSK Test Preparation) where the emphasis is on different aspects of language use.

 

MANDARIN AT WORK

Group classesPrivate tutor
Beginner/Intermediate - £15/hr (£300 for the course inclusive of materials and service charges)

Advanced - £18/hr (£360 for the course inclusive of materials and service charges)
1-on-1 in person - £50/hr (£1000 for the course inclusive of materials and service charges)


1-on-1 online - £35/hr (£700 for the course inclusive of materials and service charges)
Designed for professionals working in Chinese businesses Designed for professionals working in Chinese businesses
Up to 6 people per classFlexible schedule around your work commitments
2 hours per week for 10 weeks2 hours per week for 10 weeks
4-hour Saturday class available4-hour Saturday class available
City and Canary Wharf locationsTeacher comes to your central London office or connects online via video call
Certificate of completion availableCertificate of completion available
Alumni social eventsAlumni social events

 

MANDARIN FOR SOCIAL INTERACTION is aimed at professionals who are looking to begin, maintain or improve their Mandarin knowledge for the purpose of social interaction with Chinese clients, colleagues or contacts. The course is designed for professionals who are interested in establishing and maintaining a core knowledge of topics and Chinese etiquette rather than in complete mastering of Mandarin. We have found that students of Mandarin could get discouraged at times by the level of time commitment and practice necessary to fully master Mandarin. With this in mind, we have designed Mandarin for Social Interaction for the casual Mandarin learner. You learn and practice core topics specific to professional social communication. The course follows a topical programme taught by the teacher. Classes are held over 10 weeks during the lunch break or after work during the working week at central London locations: £15/hr per person for Beginner and Intermediate and £18/hr per person for Advanced. Currently, we do not charge VAT and the prices we quote are inclusive of all reading materials. Optional organised social activities such as meals at Chinese restaurants and movie screenings carry a supplement. Your progress will be assessed on an ongoing basis through homework, assignments and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback on every lesson and written feedback with your homework. When you complete a Mandarin for Social Interaction level, you are welcome to join the next level in the same programme or transfer into a different class (Mandarin for Doing Business, Mandarin at Work or HSK Test Preparation) where the emphasis is on different aspects of language use.

MANDARIN FOR SOCIAL INTERACTION

Group classes
Beginner/Intermediate - £15/hr (£300 for the course inclusive of reading materials)

Advanced - £18/hr (£360 for the course inclusive of reading materials)

Supplement applies for optional organised social activities
Social interaction in Mandarin among business professionals with topical lessons
Organised topical group sessions coordinated by the teacher
2 hours per week for 10 weeks
Option to take all 10 weeks consecutively or attend 10 preferred topics as needed
Drop-in for topical sessions of interest with advance booking subject to availability
Central London locations
Alumni social events
No certificate of completion, but lots of fun to be had

 

TEST PREPARATION is aimed at professionals who are sitting the HSK exams. The course is designed to assist you in passing the exam. Classes are held by a private tutor who visits you (by prior agreement) at your place of work or home in central London. Tutoring takes place over 5 weeks for 4 hours per week and follows a flexible schedule organised around your other time commitments. In-person tutoring is £60/hr while video-call tutoring is £45/hr. Currently, we do not charge VAT and the prices we quote are inclusive of all materials and  service charges (other than a daily travel reimbursement of £15 if the tutor visits you outside of central London). We also run courses to prepare students for GCSE and A-Level Mandarin exams. Your progress will be assessed on an ongoing basis through homework and assignments. You will receive verbal feedback from your tutor on every lesson and written feedback with your homework.

 

TEST PREPARATION (HSK, GCSE/A-LEVEL)

Private tutor
£60/hr for 1-to-1 in person (£1200 for the course inclusive of reading materials and service charges*)

£45/hr for 1-to-1 by video-call online (£900 for the course inclusive of reading materials and service charges*)
Preparation for the HSK exam and Mandarin at GCSE and A-Levels
1-on-1 tutor
4 hours per week over 5 weeks
Saturday class available
Convenient central London location (to be agreed with teacher)
*Option to have the teacher come to your work or home outside of central London (£15 daily travel supplement applies)