“Languages prepare learners for meaningful, productive lives in a culturally and linguistically diverse society and world."
Here at St Benedict's we have a part-time qualified Chinese teacher who works with our Year 5 and 6 classes. The study of the Chinese language opens the way to many important fields such as travel and hospitality, services, education, trade, history, culture, archaeology and so much more! To be at ease and effective in a Chinese environment, learning the language is just part of the story - knowing about the culture behind the language is the other.
What you might already know:
Some surprising facts:Chinese grammar is relatively uncomplicated. Unlike European languages, Chinese has no verb conjugation (no need to memorize verb tenses!). For example, while someone learning English has to learn different verb forms like “see/saw/seen,” all you need to do in Chinese is just to remember one word: kan. While in English you have to distinguish between “cat” and “cats,” in Chinese there is only one form: mao. (Chinese conveys these distinctions of tense and number in other ways, of course.)Research shows: