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Every year, more than one quarter of the world’s population will celebrate the Chinese New Year (new is “Xin”; year is “Nián” in Mandarin pinyin). Chinese New Year -also known as the Spring Festival- is celebrated on the second new moon after the Winter Solstice and can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest.
When you think of Chinese, do you also immediately think of complicated characters that look more like drawings than words? This can make learning Chinese seem like trying break through an impenetrable fortress, which is why the Chinese came up with something quite clever in the 1950s: pinyin. We gratefully make use of this in our Chinese language courses at Regina Coeli.
If you are planning to do business in China or Taiwan, learning to speak fluent Mandarin might not be your first priority. Sometimes it can be better to first see whether you can get your foot in the door before investing in learning the language. For this reason, Regina Coeli is now offering a short Chinese culture and language course—one which will give you a good understanding of the culture and a bit of language to break the ice.
After nineteen years of hearing the sounds of Chinese, Leo van Wuijckhuijse wanted to learn Chinese himself—at Regina Coeli, naturally, because he had already learned to speak Spanish fluently there. And although Chinese is vastly different to Spanish, it is going admirably well for him.
Have you wanted to learn Mandarin for your work or spice up your CV for some time, but been holding back because everyone has told you that it is such a difficult language to learn? Then you really need to read on. Numerous professionals have learned how to speak Mandarin in five days through our extremely practical approach. You can, too!
At the beginning of this year, Ajax trainers Ed Engelkes, Ralf Kebsch, Marc Gosselink and Ian Taylor started developing a youth training programme for top Chinese club Guangzhou R&F FC. In preparation for their deployment to China, the Ajax trainers took a Chinese language course at Regina Coeli in December. It was hard work, but it gave the four men a solid foundation in the language.