We believe 2014 is a good year to begin learning Chinese or brush up your existing language skills. In the Chinese ethos, the spirit of the horse in making unremitting efforts to improve themselves is highly recognised and cherished. People born in the year of horse are also perceived to be energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able.
Though not everybody is born in the year of horse, an able person is often described as 'qiān lǐ mǎ’ (千里马), a horse that covers a thousand li a day (one li equals 500 metres). There is a famous Chinese idiom ‘mǎ dào chéng gōng’ (马到成功), which literally translates as “horse arrives, succeed” or "succeed upon the arrival of a horse" and infers instant success or immediate victory.
That's part of the reason Oriental Skye will start our language programme in early February at the beginning of the new year, to help potential students to achieve a good result in their language learning and become an efficient user of Mandarin as a 'qiān lǐ mǎ’..
For our Mandarin programme, please check the tuition page.