Business Mandarin Club with Rina Sowler

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Course Summary

Hours per week:
1.5 hours
5 - 6:30pm
Start date:
Thursday 22nd April 2021
Course length:
10 weeks

Chinese Lesson

 LILA*’s Business Mandarin Club offers brilliant and valuable networking opportunities for like-minded local professionals who are either currently working with China or planning on taking the all-important first steps. 

The ten-week course explores the culture and traditions of this fascinating and diverse country, all 34 regions, to give you a head start when it comes to building relationships and opportunities in your target trading markets.

Surprise guest speakers to share their own trading /language learning experience in China!

Ten weeks starting Thursday, 22nd April.  5-6.30pm - £250

About the Tutor


Rina Sowler is an experienced Business Specialist and Language Tutor working within export and foreign trade for more than 20 years. Skilled and passionate about holistic language teaching, Rina will help you make that first step to acquiring basic practical Mandarin with an enhanced focus on trading and communicating with your business partners from China. 

Course Content

Week 1


Self-introduction and introduce your colleagues. Where you are from? Pronouns, PinYin, writing (Yes, you will be writing in the first lesson!).

Week 2

Where have you been?

Map of China, we'll aim to know the trading interests and to be more specific. PinYin, writing, culture, local tradition, local food.

Week 3

Who sits where?

Table manners, Chinese food, taboos, small talk and gifts.

Week 4

Travel and communication

Driving on the right! Traffic and flights, Wechat, Chinese numbers 1 to 100, time, dates and appointments.

Week 5

Halfway Review

A presentation challenge. We'll also help you to create your bio in Chinese, a short introduction on LinkedIn in Chinese.

Week 6


What do you or your partners do for fun? Sports, cooking, music, pets, children and family.

Week 7


Pronouns, verbs, nouns, homophones, idioms, listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Week 8

Listening Exercise & Writing Task

Introduction to HSK 1. Writing your weekly activities, Chinese connectives and describing an event in order.

Week 9


Review writing tasks. Introduction to HSK 1 with more about HSK 1 to 6.

Week 10

Final Week

To be able to introduce yourself, your work, hobbies, where you are from, your business, role play, at the dinner table,  feedback and continue to HSK 1