FAQs about the Chinese Language Course:
Q: Where and How do I register for the classes?
A: Kindly register by filling this google form: Registration Form
Q: How do I pay / register for the classes?
A: You can pay by Cash, Cheque (in favour of “The Oriental Dialogue”) or Online Transfer (Click here: http://imojo.in/5gnv72)
Q: How long is this course? What do we learn?
A: The course is a 30 hour course. It is a Basic Beginner’s Course. It will help you understand more about the language, the characters, the pronunciations and the tones. You will also be taught everyday expressions like Greetings and conversations like “I would like to drink/ eat…”, “I want to exchange some money, where is the bank…?”, “I am an Indian, which country are you from..?”, “I am a Vegetarian.”, “I like/ don’t like…”.
You will learn a vocabulary of up to 150 words and you will also learn how to write up to 50 characters.
Q: What next?
A: After the Basic Beginner’s Level, you will be promoted to a Level 1 course (60 hours), then a Level 2 course (60 hours). After the level 2 course, you can either opt for Level 3 course or choose to study Business Chinese.
The total number of Levels according to International Certifications is 6 levels.
Q: I want to learn how to SPEAK Chinese – Will I be learning that?
A: Yes, of course. We emphasize on how to speak Chinese, and how to express yourself with Chinese. Our methodology is to equip you with a good vocabulary and teach you easy ways to remember these words. In this way, you will be able to express yourself in different ways. As your vocabulary grows, you will be able to express yourself more clearly in Chinese.
We encourage you to speak and answer questions in Mandarin. This way, you get used to your own voice in a different language, and get comfortable with yourself speaking a new language. This helps build your confidence.
Q: Do we get any opportunities of going to China?
A: Yes. There are many Project Opportunities, Home-stays, Summer Schools and Short Courses offered in different parts of China. The Oriental Dialogue encourages students to take these opportunities and assists you in applying for them. We keep you informed about various activities and events happening all over the world related to China and the Chinese Language.
Recently (in Oct 2015, JUNE 2016 – and coming AUG 2016), 3 groups from The Oriental Dialogue participated in a Government Project hosted by the Jinhua Government, where they interacted and stayed among the local Chinese people for 21 days / 14 days. We also explored other cities like Shanghai and Zhejiang -Jinhua.
Along with this, we have had 5 students who have been a part of Summer Schools at Shanghai – at the Shanghai University of Finance & Economics (SUFE) and East China University of Science & Technology (ECUST).
We are also proud to announce that 4 students from The Oriental Dialogue have been selected for Full Year Scholarships at Suzhou University and Zhengzhou University.
Q: What are the job opportunities available?
A: Pune is a growing hub for Engineering and Auto Ancillary Industry. These industries import heavily from China. They, therefore, need Engineers / Administrators who can speak Chinese and interact with their suppliers. Apart from this, many companies today need people proficient in Accounting & Commerce along with a good knowledge of Chinese. There is also scope in Marketing & Sales as most MNCs have a strong presence in China.
Translations, Interpretations, Cultural Consultancy and Language Training constitute are good avenues. They are not only flexible, but they also fetch a lot of money as there is a dearth of fluent Chinese Language Speakers.
For the benefit of our students, we keep posting requirements on our facebook group and page.
Q: What are the International Certification Exams for Chinese?
A: The Chinese Government has a testing system called the HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì) which divides Chinese into six levels. HSK 1 requires knowledge of 150 words, HSK 2 is 300 words, HSK 3 is 600 words, HSK 4 is 1200 words, HSK 5 is 2500 words and HSK 6 is 5000 words. Since a relatively few number of characters make up many Chinese words, most levels have fewer characters than words.
HSK 3 is already a highly functional level. At the HSK 4 level, one can generally talk about any subject for an extended period of time. By HSK 5, one is conversationally fluent and can understand most TV sitcoms. At HSK 6, one is generally fully fluent and can understand the evening news.
Q: Where are these examinations held?
A: The HSK examinations are held almost thrice or four times a year at Pune, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai and New Delhi. Dates will be announced in class and on the Chinese Language Learner’s Pune Group on Facebook. It will also be on our Facebook Page: The Oriental Dialogue.
Q: How long will it take me to become fluent in Chinese?
A: The simple answer to this question is that there is no answer. Some star students reach some level of fluency within a year; others take several years. The road to fluency depends on each individual student’s innate talent for learning languages as well as the amount of time he or she dedicates to learning and practicing Chinese each day. Every student is different.
In addition, defining fluency is difficult. For example, one can be conversationally fluent, but unable to read or write. Chinese is unique because most students can recognize an individual character before they can write that character. And nowadays with computers and smart phones, people more rarely need to write a character on paper; instead they just need to type in the pinyin and then recognize the character they want.
The Oriental Dialogue has had numerous students start from scratch and reach an HSK 2 level in two months and HSK 4 in eight months. HSK 5 & HSK 6 generally takes at least two years of intensive study. Also, the spectrum of learning speeds is very broad and many students take much longer to achieve these goals.
Assuming you take your studies seriously, it is feasible that in 18 months you may acquire an HSK 5 vocabulary and be able to recognize all 1685 characters that are used to make up those 2500 words. If you want to be able to write all of those words, then more time will likely be needed. That said, it is again important to remember that each student is different and it is impossible to predict with any certainty how long it will take you to reach any of the HSK milestones.
Q: When can we learn Business Chinese?
A: After completing Beginner’s Level, Level 1 and Level 2, one is eligible to take up Business Chinese.
Q: Do we get any extra material related to language learning?
A: Yes, we have a good collection of books, audios and videos, which will aid and improve your language skills. We also keep referring good websites on our facebook and Whatsapp groups.
Q: Are there any extra-curricular sessions?
A: Yes, we have many extra-curricular sessions like Chinese Calligraphy Workshops, Spoken Chinese Workshop, Using Chopsticks Workshop, Story time sessions, Quizzes, Chinese Character Workshops, Business Etiquette Workshop, Survival Chinese Sessions, Movie Sessions, Taichi Sessions, Paper Cutting Workshops, Origami Workshops, Chinese Knot Workshops, etc.
Q: When can we take the HSK Level 1 Exam?
A: After you finish your Basic Beginner’s Level and Level 1, you will be eligible and confidently prepared to take HSK Level 1 exam.
Q: What if I miss a class?
A: We have a Whatsapp Group for each class and we share notes on this group every day. In case you miss a class, you will surely get the notes for that day on the group. However, to understand better, you can come 15 mins earlier for the next class, or stay back after class. The teacher will help you with the sessions. You can also attend a corresponding weekday / weekend class for the lecture you have missed.
Q: How many leaves am I allowed?
A: If your attendance is less than 75% it is likely that you have missed out on a major portion of the language basics. In such case, you will not be allowed to write the examination. If the leave is long, you may be asked to repeat the course before you take the examination. A Certificate from The Oriental Dialogue will only be provided to students who pass the examination.