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My name is Crystal Pan Balish. I am a native Mandarin speaker, a linguist with a genuine interest in history and the usage of language. I am approved by the Chinese Government to teach Chinese language internationally. I also specialise in cross-cultural awareness between China and Britain, in a business setting. I have provided consultancy services to the Scottish Government and local companies both large and small in Chinese business culture and etiquette.

Unlike the traditional approach, focusing only on listening and speaking, shying away from characters, my holistic system of teaching Mandarin is a carefully designed balance of all these aspects. The sooner students are exposed to the Chinese characters, the easier it is when the time comes to reading and writing, as they will have gradually become familiar with the characters from the outset and had time to assimilate them. This innovative methodology makes Chinese easy to learn and easy to remember.

My approach is unique in that I don’t just teach a language I teach the language within a historical, cultural and business context. There are no generic formulas or set recipes to follow, but innovative methods, tailored to individual learners, which engage learners by incorporating storytelling and games into my learning materials.

Last by not least my experience of living and working within both cultures enables me to appreciate the challenges of learning Chinese especially from an English native speaker’s perspective. That means the language I use to explain Chinese sounds, characters and the structure of sentences, I will use clear and simple languages to make sure students will get it.

My ultimate aim is to inspire students and enable them to realise their dream of speaking Chinese and understanding the Chinese culture.

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Learning Chinese Mandarin within a historical, cultural and business context

My name is Crystal Balish, founder of China Dream Mandarin School and Crystal Pan-China Consulting. I specialise in cross-cultural awareness between China and Britain, in a business setting.

  • Study level: Not applicable
  • Duration of training: 10 hours
  • Study mode: Part time