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Chinese Tuition in Singapore
Chinese language (known as mother tongue or second language in Singapore) is one of the most interesting but toughest languages to pick up. As more Singaporeans are English educated, the lack of communication through Chinese language is causing the ineptness for the younger generation.
Importance of Chinese Language in Singapore
Chinese in School
Singapore's education requires every Chinese student to pick up both English and Chinese languages. Even though all subjects in Singapore's schools are based on English, Chinese language is a subject by itself; whether your child likes it or not, it will affect your child's overall grades. Your child has to start taking the Chinese language subject from pre-school to primary school, and from secondary school to junior college.
Chinese Language and the Working World
With the open of China's market, there is also a high chance for your child to get in touch with a Chinese from China to do business in future. It is an advantage over foreigners to be bilingual, so that Singaporeans can remain competitive in the working society.
Chinese Language and Our Social Life
Majority of the population in Singapore are Chinese. Moreover, with the opening of the floodgate to Chinese talents from China, everyone has to keep up with a good standard of Chinese language in order to interact better with the foreign talents.
Many Chinese drama shows, fiction and non-fictional, are actually related on China's history. If you know nothing about China's history, you may not be able to appreciate the shows well.
Chinese Language and Our Culture
The Chinese culture has thousands' years of history. There are many great values for us to pick up. Chinese should never give up our roots.
Ways to Learn Chinese Mandarin
Cultivate Your Interest
You can increase your interest for the Chinese language through understanding the Chinese's history and culture. Chinese is a fascinating language and that is why many foreigners are interested to learn and take up the language. You can try watching some Chinese historical drama shows to know more. Some of the famous stories are Romance of the Three Kingdoms and The Legend of the Condor Heroes (fictitious). Some people begin with Chinese chess or tea appreciation. Others take up Wushu or calligraphy lessons.
Learn Chinese Mandarin in a fun way will help you to pick up the language faster. Through gaming, you get excitements, which will increase your ability to learn. Some schools have designed simple card games for the kids to pick up Chinese in a more interesting way.
You can pick up many new Chinese words through singing. Every song has different lyrics and thus it is a good platform for every Chinese learner to explore. You have to also learn to pronounce each word properly and thus it will aid in your Chinese oral skill.
Taking Down Notes
If you are learning something new and not using it frequently, there is a high tendency for you to forget it. By taking down notes, you will be able to refer to it when necessary or you want to do some revisions. It is also a good way to re-enforce the knowledge by writing.
Find a Chinese tutor
Learning a language by yourself is never faster than having an experienced person to guide you along, especially for beginners. By getting a Chinese home tutor, you can pick up the basics better and faster.
Chinese Tutors in Singapore
There are many Chinese tutors in Singapore. Putting aside their qualifications, we can easily separate them into two groups - Chinese tutors born in Singapore and China. Each group has its own advantages and disadvantages over another. It is up to individual's preference to engage which type of tutor. Smart Tuition has a large number of reliable Chinese tutors for you to select.
Native Chinese Tutors
Chinese tutors born in Singapore are generally more well-aware of the education system. Apart from the much older generation, most of them are equipped with good English language skill, which is good to clarify contents to the students. Due to the same culture, it is also much easier for them to communicate with the students.
China-born Chinese Tutors
Chinese who come over from China are most likely to be strong in their first language - Chinese. This is perhaps their greatest advantage over Singapore-born Chinese tutors. However, apart from those who come over since young, many of them have strong accent and are rather weak in English language.
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