Tag Archives: Mandarin House


Chinese language exams: what is the HSK examination?

China’s Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is the standardized international test used to determine the fluency of non-native speakers in Chinese and it is used by all Chinese universities to assess the enrollment of foreign students and by a number of Chinese companies looking for foreign employees. Read more

Ian Hayden, Business Development Manager, Mandarin House

Ian Hayden, Business Development Manager, Mandarin House

It’s not that hard to learn Mandarin – the tones

Mandarin learners tend to separate into two opposing groups:

  • Group A, or those who think that learning Mandarin is impossibly difficult and akin to scaling Everest naked or flying to Mars in a paper aero plane
  • Group B, who argue that Mandarin is much more like running a 20 minute mile, most people are more than capable of doing it

As a Mandarin learner and as a former language teacher, I find myself split between these two groups.  Read more

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Members of IALC share their insights on the language travel industry. Contributors are owners, directors, managers, teachers or administrative staff of IALC-accredited language schools worldwide.

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IALC 2017 Workshop in Boston Massachusetts, USA - 23-26 March 2017

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IALC Study Travel Research Report 2016

Trends in the demand for foreign languages
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Perceptions of independent and boutique chain schools in language travel
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