We have the idea to start teaching Mandarin as second language after our first time to Guangzhou, China in April 2015. This trip is actually not about sightseeing, but it is a business trip to source China products and sell in Malaysia.
Me and my girlfriend (at that time) joined this trip organised by a very dedicated group of trainers from Jutawan Borong China (JBC). During the trip, we just realised that we are the only Chinese among 40 over participants.
As we are the only two people who can speak Mandarin at that time, most of the participants like to follow us when we are sourcing products in the shopping centres. They would request us to help them to negotiate for the best price and based on the experience, we’re happy that we are able to help them to get the best deals. (Even we do not get any commissions, we feel very happy as we are helping them)
By the time we came back to Malaysia, we realised that Mandarin is so important globally and it is also the most widely spoken first language in the world.
Therefore, we cancel our plan to sell China products in Malaysia, instead we shift to helping Malaysians to master Mandarin for daily conversation. This is how we got the idea to start BBC Learning Hub.
Fast forward to 2016, currently we have classes in 8 locations to cater for the growing demand. We are proud that our students are able to understand and communication in Mandarin after the course.
We hope that by teaching Mandarin, it would reduce our language barrier and conflict among races. As the saying goes “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Let’s us always be united as Malaysians, and creating a community where embracing diversity and moving beyond tolerance to genuine acceptance and respect is not only a way of thinking and feeling – but most importantly, of acting. Together, we can create a vibrant community where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.