21 06, 2016

Winter competition: Chinese

It’s the second part of our winter competition and after starting yesterday with German, our teacher Shirley picked a Chinese poem for you today. Here are the rules of the game again: have a look at the poem and get creative! Paint, draw or create an image of this scene and be in to win a free conversation class at Language Hub! Just submit your work of art to one of the lovely people in the office and you’re in. The best image in each language wins. Chinese language poem qiān shān niǎo fēi jué   千       山     鸟    飞   绝, wàn jìng rén zōng miè   万      径    人    踪     灭。 gū zhōu suō lì wēng   孤    舟    蓑   笠  翁, dú diào hán jiāng xuě   独   钓     寒     江     雪。

19 09, 2015

Spring quiz: Chinese

It’s quiz time again! Shirley, who is teaching Chinese at Language Hub, wants to share the popular children’s song ‘Where is spring?’ with us today and, of course, we prepared three questions for you again. Take part in order to win a little chocolate treat which must be claimed by Friday, 2nd October 2015, by coming to class and presenting your answers to your teacher. Spring in Chinese is chūn tiān. Here comes the song: 春天 chūn tiān 在 zài 哪里 nǎ lǐ 呀 ya 春天 chūn tiān 在 zài 哪里 nǎ lǐ 春天 chūn tiān 在 zài 那 nā 小朋友 xiǎo péng yǒu 眼睛 yǎn jing 里 lǐ 眼睛 yǎn jing 里 lǐ 看见 kàn jiàn 红 hóng 的 de 花呀 huā 看见 kàn jiàn 绿 lǜ 的 de 草 cǎo 还有 hái yǒu 那 nā 会 huì 唱歌 chàng gē 的 de 小 xiǎo 黄鹂 huáng lí     Here are the Chinese challenges: In the picture you see a culturally significant pond in the city of Jinan, Shandong Province. What is the pool’s name? Write the word ‘flower’. What is the meaning of 黄?  

29 09, 2013

Reasons to learn Chinese NOW

Its the most spoken language in the world The population of China is 1.5 billion people. 1 out of 5 people in the world speaks Mandarin Chinese. It Helps Your Career Speaking Mandarin Chinese is a great way to give your career and edge. Companies who export to China, import from China or have Chinese clients either here or overseas would prefer a bilingual Chinese-English speaker over someone who spoke English alone. Don't think this will ever be you? With the Chinese in population in Auckland increasing, anyone from a hairdresser to a corporate banker could see increasing job opportunities available to them if they can communicate with clients in Chinese. The demand for people who can speak Mandarin is increasing every day. It Provides Business Opportunities China is such an important market and business partner for New Zealand. Learning Chinese gives you the opportunity to take advantage of our unique position in New Zealand as a Free-Trade-Agreement partner of China. When doing business with Chinese companies and clients, an ability to speak Mandarin will place you at a huge advantage over your non-Chinese speaking competitors. Even an ability to small talk in Mandarin can help break the ice and forge strong business relationships. You can take advantage of the strong Chinese market if you can understand and speak Mandarin. It opens the door to a fascinating culture and is a unique language Chinese culture is said to be “divinely inspired,” and is the only culture in the world to have a continuous recorded history 5,000 years long. When you travel to China, you are enter a whole new world that is both very old and very modern. Chinese has a very unique writing system. [...]