Our teachers are the backbone of our institute and make it what we want it to be. Based on their long experience and their students’ feedback our 1-2-3- Learning Cycle and our 2 IN 1 and 2 PLUS 1 methods came to light.
All our teachers are native to China and bilingual. They have a University degree in Chinese and their major is Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, they all have ample teaching experience. They are passionate about teaching Mandarin and will make sure you will learn this beautiful language quickly.
1-2-3 LEARNING CYCLE
Our in-house developed 1-2-3 Learning Cycle consists of 3 key elements. The 1st is CLEVER Learning, the 2nd is EASY Memorization and the 3rd is FUN Using. Our 123 Learning Cycle symbolises this process as these three steps are repeated over and over as a cycle of continual improvement to fluency.
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2 IN 1, that is our curriculum to teach you Conversational Chinese / HSK. With this curriculum we provide 2 Results in 1 Course. You will learn daily life Conversational Chinese and (for those who want it) have the option to pass HSK exams at the same time.
Using this modern curriculum we provide our students with: a practical yet solid course that quickly improves your Conversational Chinese while at the same time assuring your level according to the HSK scale. Indeed, you might want to take the HSK exam. Following our curriculum, no additional HSK Preparation classes are needed, which saves you both time and money.
Levels versus HSK
Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is the standardised national test used to determine the fluency of non-native speakers of Chinese. HSK is the best way to get to know and test your Chinese level and is often, and increasingly, required by companies, Universities or other organisations to certify the Chinese language level of an individual.
HSK consists of 6 levels in total. Levels 1 and 2 are Elementary levels, HSK 3 and 4 are Intermediate levels and HSK 5 and 6 are Advanced levels. Our 15 levels have been aligned with the HSK levels, but compared to the HSK levels our levels guarantee a much higher degree of speaking ability. In order to give you an idea of the knowledge you have acquired with each level we have drawn up an explanation. Between brackets we have indicated the corresponding HSK level.
SILK MANDARIN LEVELS
Level 1 (HSK 1): Having passed this first level, the world of Mandarin is opening up for you. You can distinguish the different tones, you know about 150 words and you can read Pinyin. You can understand some essential daily used words and expressions, and are able to communicate in a very basic way. For example: you can say hello to people and introduce yourself, thank people and apologise, inquire about price, time and date, and also ask for direction. If you have decided to also start learning Han Zi (Chinese characters), you now can read, and maybe even write, about 175 characters.
Level 2 (HSK 2): By now, your vocabulary has doubled to 300 words and your grammar, though still at a modest level, has really improved. You can describe things by means of their features like colour, position, shape etc.. You are able to talk about more advanced topics, like the weather, your job and hobbies. You can make an appointment and buy goods in a shop in a quite complete way. You now finished the Elementary level, also called ‘survival’ Mandarin. And if you have decided to also start learning Han Zi, you now can read and maybe even write about 275 characters.
Levels 3-4-5 (HSK 3): With passing levels 3-4-5 , you have entered the Intermediate level, well done! This really is a turning point in your journey as from now on you are able to read and write Han Zi, these beautiful Chinese characters. Understanding Han Zi has broadened and deepened your understanding of Mandarin massively. You might even have found out that Han Zi really is the core of the Chinese language. You now already know about 625 characters and your vocabulary contains 600 words, your grammar has reached an impressive level, as have your listening skills and speed of speech. With all this you can talk and read in a more than basic way about many things, for example you will feel comfortable when traveling in China because you can deal with most topics you run across, like buying train and plane tickets, booking a room in a hotel and making a reservation for a trip.
Levels 6-7-8 (HSK 4): You have now completed the Intermediate level and most importantly, you have covered about all common grammar. You also know how to use the important structures that are so typical to the Chinese language. Your vocabulary spans 1200 words and you now know about 1000 characters. You can discuss a wide range of topics in all kinds of areas, and express your ideas clearly and rather fluently. And last but not least, it is important to know that having acquired this level, you will be admitted to Universities and many Chinese companies will now allow you to apply for a job!
Levels 9-10-11-12 (HSK 5): With level 9, you are entering the Advanced level. Your vocabulary has doubled again to 2500 words and your fluency has increased almost to the level of a native speaker. Although at a moderate speed, you can now read most simple Chinese books and articles in newspapers or magazines. You can enjoy Chinese movies and TV programs and express yourself accurately and hold speeches. As you also can understand and use typical Chinese structures and sayings, and know about Chinese history and culture. There is not much that hampers your communication anymore.
Levels 13-14-15-16 (HSK 6): With levels from 12 to 16 you have reached the last and highest possible level. Your vocabulary spans at least 5000 words, it is easy to understand anything you hear or read, you can fluently express your opinion both orally and in writing. You can analyse and understand difficult texts, discover textual errors, and your speech is at such a level that you can debate about all but the very specialised topic. In short, you have the abilities of a native speaker now, congratulations!
2 PLUS 1, that is our curriculum to teach you Business Chinese/BCT. As a basis for our Business Chinese teaching we use our Conversational/HSK Chinese teaching 2 IN 1. On top of that, we add vocabulary, structures and phrases on the following Business Chinese topics, so indeed 2 PLUS 1.
Our course however, not only teaches you these typical business related topics but also gives you insight into Chinese business culture, manners and etiquette, which is of paramount importance when doing business in China.
Levels versus BCT
Business Chinese Test (BCT) is an internationally standardised test to determine the fluency of non-native speakers in both Conversational and Business Chinese. It is especially used by companies to certify c.q. evaluate the level of their employees.
BCT consists of two kind of exams, one testing your listening, reading and writing skills (subdivided into BCT(A) and BCT(B)) and one testing your speaking skills, just like HSK. In our courses we have divided BCT A into two levels and BCT B in three levels, hence five BCT levels in total. HSK and BCT are interlinked: BCT 1 covers all HSK 2 vocabulary and grammar, and on top of that BCT 1 adds typical business vocabulary, structures and phrases. With each higher BCT level one higher HSK level is covered, and again topped with business vocabulary, structures and phrases.
Business Chinese especially boosts your skills in the field of Administration, Communication, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Law. With each BCT level your vocabulary expands, from some 100 typical business words for BCT 1 to some 3000 words for BCT 5.
Our 15 levels have been aligned with the BCT levels, but compared to the BCT levels our levels guarantee a much higher degree of speaking ability. In order to give you an idea of the knowledge you have acquired with each level we have drawn up an explanation. Between brackets we have indicated the corresponding BCT level.
SILK MANDARIN LEVELS
Levels 1-2 (BCT 1): At level 1 your business knowledge is basic, you typically can exchange business cards, fill in registration forms, like a VISA-form, order a taxi, make an appointment and you can communicate in a basic way within a business environment.
Levels 3-4-5 (BCT 2): Having acquired level 3 you are able to write basic letters and emails like sending invitations for a (business) party or an activity, make phone calls and leave messages, book your flight and train tickets, and discuss simple daily business topics with your colleagues.
Levels 6-7-8 (BCT 3): Level 6 enables you to hold meetings, express your opinion, make a detailed work plan, write short memos to your colleagues or staff, discuss basic topics with specialists such as legal, marketing, financial and HR staff. You can discuss the company’s finance and understand a company’s (Chinese) culture.
Levels 9-10-11-12 (BCT 4): Having acquired level 12 means you can communicate using all kinds of curriculum, like telephone, Wechat, email, (formal) letters. You can talk about most issues with your clients, colleagues or employees, and can discuss their preferences, demands or complaints. It is easy for you to discuss more specialised business matters, like market investigations, financial budgets and legal contracts.
Levels 13-14-15-16 (BCT 5): With level 16 you have reached the highest possible level. You are now fluent in both Conversational and Business Chinese, congratulations! You can communicate fluently in any way you like, using any means necessary. You can also discuss all kinds of business. Using these skills, you can conduct job interviews, discuss training plans with HR staff, discuss investment and merging plans with your bank, discuss intellectual property and arbitration with lawyers, discuss a company’s production and its expansion, and engage in any kind of negotiation.
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