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A Beginner’s Guide to Learn Cantonese

There are probably not many things in the world as intimidating as the decision to learnt to speak Cantonese. From unusual Chinese characters to having to learn Cantonese pronunciation, there are few languages as complex and different to the ones spoken in the western world. And perhaps it’s getting over the mindset that Cantonese is […]

15 Sep 20216 minutes reading time

How can you learn to speak Chinese?

Why You Should Learn Chinese

The Chinese culture is rich, unique and vibrant. Through its music, ceramics, art, religion and philosophy it continues to entertain and delight the world and if you have a passion for culture, you are probably intrigued by it. Any world explorer would want to hop onto a plane to explore the East and it is […]

18 Aug 20217 minutes reading time

How can you plan a trip to Hong Kong?

Visiting Hong Kong

“He who never leaves his country is full of prejudices.” - Carlo Goldoni The world is full of tourist destinations, but there are different places for different people. With its skyscrapers, shopping, nightlife, and unmissable sights, Hong Kong is a pretty versatile destination. This versatility is why most people will want to plan a trip. […]

28 May 20217 minutes reading time

Banging a gong at the temple may signal the end of a rite.

Chinese Mythology

For all that China is thought to be irreligious, the people have religious figures aplenty to pray to. Not just the Buddha or the practice of Taoism - or, for that matter, praying at a Confucian temple, either! The Chinese God in Heaven is an enduring folk tale. Nuwa, the goddess who created the human […]

28 Feb 20217 minutes reading time

Do you want to learn Chinese?

Our tutors are here to help you learn Chinese. Whether you need to improve your Mandarin or Cantonese, the variety of Chinese lessons available will allow you to discover Chinese culture, calligraphy, vernacular language and also plan a trip to China.

Superprof’s Chinese tutors cater to all levels, so you will find the help you need, whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner. You can choose to have your lessons online, at home or at an outside location.

Which are the best cities in China?

Planning a Trip to China

“To Travel is to Live” - Hans Christian Andersen China’s much bigger than the UK and it attracts millions of tourists every year. Even though 60% of the country is mountains, there are huge modern cities, the Yangtze River (which is nearly 4,000 miles long), and something for everyone to enjoy. So how do you […]

29 Jul 20197 minutes reading time

What is there to do in Taiwan?

How to Plan a Trip to Taiwan

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” - Gustave Flaubert Are you heading to the South China Sea, between the Philippines and Japan? Yes, we’re talking about Taiwan, its countryside, cuisine, and historical and cultural heritage. Taiwan, for many people, conjures the idea of manufacturing. After all, most […]

29 Jul 20196 minutes reading time

How do you plan a trip to Shanghai?

Visiting Shanghai

Whether you’re travelling the world or just to China, Shanghai is an essential destination. The city of skyscrapers is home to 26 million people and is representative of China today: a mix of temples and traditional streets with modern buildings and business districts. Shanghai, much like Beijing, Nanjing, or Suzhou, is definitely worth a visit. […]

29 Jul 20196 minutes reading time

How do you plan a trip to Beijing?

Visiting Beijing

“Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.” - Anonymous Whether you want to visit the Great Wall of China, Buddhist Temples, the Forbidden City in Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China is a great place to start. In 2013, the capital was visited by 4.5 million tourists but this was […]

29 Jul 20197 minutes reading time

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Learn Chinese Conjugation!

When you decide to learn Chinese, you are normally thinking about the Mandarin language. Although we will refer to Mandarin and Chinese interchangeably within this article. There are actually 299 living Chinese languages in China, which is why Mandarin is called mandarin and not just Chinese. Chinese Mandarin is the most widespread language in China, […]

28 Nov 20189 minutes reading time

How do you prepare for Chinese exams?

How to Pass Chinese Exams

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” - Nelson Mandela There are over 800 million native speakers of Chinese. Learning to speak Chinese is, therefore, an excellent way to learn more about the […]

19 Nov 20187 minutes reading time

How do you teach children Mandarin Chinese?

How to Teach Children Chinese

“A different language is a different vision of life.” - Federico Fellini Children need to enjoy learning a new language. It’s unlikely that a child will see the worth in learning Chinese for their future career. That said, an increasing number of teens are opting to do Chinese at GCSE, A Level, and degree. After […]

2 Oct 20186 minutes reading time

How do you learn Chinese?

Where Can You Learn Chinese?

“To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.” - Confucius Chinese isn't one language but rather a spectrum of languages, dialects, and varieties. There are 1.2 billion people who speak a variety of Chinese and the largest member of the group, Mandarin Chinese, is spoken by 960 million […]

26 Sep 20186 minutes reading time

How can you learn to write in Chinese?

Our Advice for Learning to Write in Chinese

For those who use the Latin Alphabet on a daily basis, learning to write Chinese characters can be really complicated. While China has made efforts to make the language more accessible to those in the West, it still remains a challenge for anyone wanting to travel to China, participate in foreign exchange programs, or work in […]

20 Feb 20187 minutes reading time

What are the best websites for learning Chinese?

The Best Tools for Learning Chinese

The digital age has completely changed the way we learn foreign languages and learning to speak Chinese is no exception. There are now plenty of people who are now using their computer, smartphone, tablet or television to learn more about the Middle Kingdom’s most popular language and Chinese culture. Mobile e-learning apps are also innovative and […]

17 Nov 20179 minutes reading time

How long does it take to learn Chinese?

Everything You Need to Know to Learn Chinese

1.3 billion inhabitants and one sixth of the world’s population. 8 urban areas with over 10 million inhabitants and around 30 with over 2 million. 10 million kilometres squared... China is the third largest country in the world, one of the world’s biggest economic powers, and one of the UN Security Council’s five permanent members. It’s […]

17 Nov 20178 minutes reading time

Which is the best way to learn Chinese?

How to Learn Mandarin Chinese

Learning Chinese is an ambitious process. While some people might be shocked by your decision, you should definitely go for it! Stay motivated and do everything in your power to ensure that your language learning is as effective as possible. Mandarin Chinese, after all, isn’t a simple language to learn. Although every language has its […]

13 Nov 20177 minutes reading time

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How to Learn Chinese: A Complete Guide

More than 30,000 people in the UK are learning Chinese. Mandarin Chinese was the first native language spoken in the world, no wonder it arouses so much interest! Are you the next one to start Chinese lessons? Superprof gives advice to all beginners in Chinese to succeed in their learning! To Learn Chinese, it is […]

26 Oct 201711 minutes reading time

Is Chinese A Difficult Language to Learn?

Mandarin Chinese is said to be one of the most difficult languages to learn.

First of all, you will need to go through an initial learning phase: memorise the Chinese Pinyin alphabet, in other words, the phonetic alphabet. This will allow you to begin to familiarise yourself with the sounds of the Chinese language (including the four tones).

You can then start by saying short phrases to introduce yourself in Chinese from the very first lesson.

You will also need to learn Chinese calligraphy to write your first Chinese characters. With well made cards, it will be easier. You can then see the Chinese character, its pronunciation and the translation.

Good news for the learner: there is no conjugation, gender or plurals in Chinese. Only the subject changes in a Chinese sentence.

On the other hand, as mentioned above, Chinese is a tonal language. The pronunciation and the tone used influences the meaning of the words.

So this is where you will need help!

Taking private lessons in Chinese with a native teacher will help perfect your Chinese speaking skills. A native tutor will teach you all the subtleties of the language and share with you their knowledge of the Chinese culture including traditions, lifestyle, and art.

Language and culture are inseparable and will help you in your language learning.

Reasons to Take Chinese Lessons

Do you want to learn Chinese quickly?

Are you thinking of visiting China, working in China, or doing a language study trip?

You will need patience and perseverance. Group lessons, evening classes, intensive courses, language school, conversation classes… The introduction to Chinese can take different forms, but Chinese lessons will not be enough if you do not use your new knowledge and practise daily.

How to Boost Your Chinese Learning?

With beginner level lessons, your teacher can tailor the lessons to suit you and your needs.

Personalised courses allow you to concentrate on your specific difficulties personal progression, saving valuable time.

To accompany your Chinese lessons on a daily basis, diversify your tools!

Chinese online courses, Chinese dictionaries, audio files and mobile apps will help you to develop your language skills in their entirety (expression and listening as well as writing).

When visiting China, you will need to immerse yourself in the heart of the country, rub shoulders with natives, make friends, and even take cultural trips like walking the Great Wall of China.

You can quickly enrich your Chinese vocabulary, but also discover other dialects on your travels. China has many languages including Cantonese, Mandarin and the lesser known, Wu and Min, for example. Travelling is also an opportunity to take calligraphy courses and learn all about Chinese ancestral art.