Chinese Institute of Chennai was established after our director Mr.N.Balakrishnan felt the need to encourage the growing business and other ties between China and India. China has now overtaken the US to become the largest trading partner of India. But just compare the millions of Indians who know English with just the handful who know Chinese.
As China now is also on the verge of becoming the second largest economy in the world, after the US, many people in India, ranging from traders to industrialists to artists will have to understand what is going on in China. Since there can be no understanding without communication and since only a few people in China speak English, it has become important for Indians to learn Chinese.
Our institute, unlike other language teaching schools, not only specializes in teaching Chinese, but also provides an insight into the culture, etiquette and experience of life in China.
We have prepared our own study material and our classes are highly interactive and fun, while ensuring that the students master the grammar and nuances of the language. Moreover our classes are held in a comfortable and serene atmosphere. If required we can also come to your place to conduct classes at your convenience.
The study of the Chinese language opens the way to different important fields such as Chinese politics, economy, history or archaeology. But to study Chinese finally means to study a culture, a people. At the heart of Chinese civilization is its rich heritage of novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and, more recently, film. They reflect the values, the struggles, the sensibility, the joys and the sorrows of this great people and often offer insights even into the most intimate feelings of people in the past or into high-level Beijing politics at he present that cannot be found anywhere else. These works help you understand what is behind the language, what makes it powerful, and how it actually functions in Chinese society. To be at ease and effective in a Chinese environment learning the language is half the battle, but knowing about the culture behind the language is the other.
Chinese has a relatively uncomplicated grammar. Unlike French, German or English, Chinese has no verb conjugation (i.e., tense inflection) and no noun declension (e.g., gender and number distinctions). For example, while someone learning English has to memorize different verb forms of "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.
The basic word order of Chinese is subject - verb - object, exactly as in English. A large number of the key terms of Mandarin Chinese (such as the terms for state, health, science, party, inflation, and even literature) have been formed as translations of English concepts. You are entering a different culture, but the content of many of the modern key concepts is familiar.
The study of Chinese literature and culture will help you bridge the cultural gap, better understand your Chinese counterparts, and create a platform of knowledge and understanding with them that is crucial for effective communication.