Chinese in Edmonton
It has never been a better time to study a new language and arguably the most important one to learn right now is Chinese (Mandarin). Spoken by hundreds of millions of people in China and around the world, a knowledge of Chinese will really set you apart from other Canadians and open up opportunities with the world’s largest non-English-speaking economy. At Language Trainers, we specialise in arranging Chinese classes for you all over the Edmonton area.
Why Study Chinese in Edmonton
For Work: Since the first Chinese pioneers started to arrive in Alberta in 1885, the local Chinese population has grown significantly, with the 2016 Census registering 68 thousand Chinese residents in Edmonton or 7.5% of the population. This means there are enormous possibilities for those considering taking a Chinese course with a view to working with the language. According to InvestAlberta, in 2018, $5.11B worth of goods were exported to China from Alberta, making China the second-ranked country for Alberta's exports and these levels will only keep growing, having tripled since 2003. Exports mainly include canola, sulfate, alcohols, and petroleum so a working knowledge of Chinese could really help you get a prime position at one of these export companies. Some useful places to start looking for a job might be the China-Canada Business Association on 113 Avenue or The China Institute at the University of Alberta (CIUA) which was established in 2005, dedicated to enhancing understanding between China and Canada.
Other interesting options could be the TEC Edmonton-TusStar Accelerator Exchange, founded in 2018, which provides programming for technology-based companies to do business in Canada and China. Those with higher levels of Chinese looking to use their language skills while travelling could also consider contacting The Alberta Beijing Office (ABO) which was inaugurated in 1999 and is housed within the Embassy of Canada in Beijing.
For Culture and Food: For those more interested in culture, you can find opportunities to practise your Chinese skills by watching Chinese films. The Confucius Institute in Edmonton holds movie days, such as the one in March 2019 when they showed “Operation Red Sea”, a Chinese action war movie with an audience of 300 people. Alternatively, you could put into action what you learn in your Mandarin classes by ordering delicious food at one of the many Chinese restaurants in the city. Since 2018, the city holds a Chinatown Dining Week but even outside of that week, there are many restaurants to choose from such as the Asian Express Hot Pot on 100 Street or the Gui Lin Noodle House on 97 Street where you might want to sample the bacon-wrapped shrimp. Imagine ordering that in Chinese!
For Social: Given the large Chinese population, if you take Chinese lessons in Edmonton, you will definitely be able to put it to use at one of the numerous Chinese associations in the city. For active people, you could try the Alberta Chinese Outdoor Adventure Club (ACOAC), founded in 2016, where members are introduced to brand-new outdoor activities. Other interesting options to speak Chinese could be at the Aicheng Tianjin Association which was established in 2014 and works towards strengthening the links between Alberta and Tianjin by promoting Haihe culture and social and cultural exchanges between these two cities. Edmonton also has a local branch of the Canada-China Friendship Society on 111 Ave and you can also make excellent contacts at the East China Immigrants Society of Edmonton (ECISE) which has been going since 2005
Where to Learn Chinese in and around Edmonton
If you are ready now to start studying Chinese, note that Language Trainers will arrange for an experienced native speaker Chinese teacher to teach you at your home, your place of work or in a public place if that is more convenient. You could take your classes while drinking bubble tea and soaking up the atmosphere of the Tea Bar Café on 98 Street or study Chinese in a regular café such as Coffee Bureau on Jasper Ave or Board N Brew on 103 St NW. You could even meet your teacher in the Edmonton Public Library on Idylwylde. If you don’t live in Edmonton itself, our trainers also teach in nearby areas such as Beaumont, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Spruce Grove and St. Albert.
So, why not make an inquiry and find out more about learning Chinese? Let’s go, 我们走吧 (Wǒmen zǒu ba)! Also, if you already have some knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, you could take our free Chinese Level Test so we can assess your level exactly and find the best course package for your needs.
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1-on-1 General Chinese Course in Edmonton
Our general one-on-one courses in Edmonton will help students improve their Chinese level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our Chinese classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
1-on-1 Business Chinese Course in Edmonton
Our Chinese courses in Edmonton are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone Chinese and email skills, as well as a level of survival Chinese, granting them the ability to work in a country where Chinese is the native tongue.
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Chinese Courses in Edmonton (closed group)
Our Chinese courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One Chinese Course or In-Company Small Group Chinese Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster Chinese Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.
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How to Book
Take our Chinese Language Level Test.
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Review our quote and, if you are happy with it, receive our invoice and Agreement form.
Sign our Agreement form and submit a deposit* for the course.
Receive confirmation from our team with your Chinese tutor’s details.
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