Learn Chinese language in Cairns

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Yirong Li (Teacher Li). China Australia Consult. Assistant Professor. Chinese language and Culture. In Cairns.

These days, most Chinese tourists who visit Australia come from mainland China. They will speak Mandarin, and may have a cultural background which is a little different from other Chinese folk who come from Hong Kong and other Cantonese speaking parts of southeast China. We need to be aware of these differences. Please note: Mandarin is the official language for all people in China.  


  • The first step towards delivering a first-class service to Mandarin-speaking mainland Chinese tourists, is to provide high quality training to tourism personnel. 
  • The second step is to employ Chinese teachers who have mainland Chinese qualifications in teaching Mandarin and Chinese culture.
  • The third step is to employ teachers whose native language is Mandarin, the official language in mainland China. 
  • The fourth step is to select a teacher who is familiar with the social behaviours and needs of mainland Chinese tourists, many of whom will be travelling abroad for the first time.

Conclusion: Good teachers of Mandarin and Chinese culture will have this type of professional background.



  • I am a native of mainland China who was educated in that country, and who has taught students for over 30 years. I have a four year degree in teaching; a teaching diploma; and postgraduate qualifications in Chinese language, culture, and calligraphy. I also have a postgraduate certificate in teaching Mandarin from the National Language Committee in Beijing. I remain an assistant professor of the Chongqing Jiaotong University.
  • Although Australian people may not understand the cultural differences between mainland China and places such as Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, I can assure you that mainland Chinese are sensitive to them. My cultural background is an asset. 
  • Chinese people everywhere are alert to regional tones, dialects, and idioms. It’s a cultural thing – something which Western people should be aware of. Although Mandarin is my native language, I also speak other dialects.
  • You can’t learn all these things from a book or computer programme. It is quicker and easier to learn in a face-to-face setting. 

Conclusion:  A mainland Chinese teacher with (i) bi-cultural experience; and (ii) good socio-cultural intelligence, is a valuable asset to Australia. 


If you are interested in learning Mandarin, or want to know something about Chinese culture, please email me (see below). We can discuss your specific needs, and develop an individual programme which would meet those needs.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Teacher Li.

Email: liyirongplum@gmail.com OR chinaconsult3@gmail.com








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