English classes for adults. Where to find them in Singapore?

English teacher at blackboardThere are English classes in Singapore. But you will see that classes for children are most heavily promoted.

What if you are an adult, and want to improve your English? Where to go?

You can find all of the classes mentioned below in our directory. Just go to http://yago.sg/directory/english and select the options to filter.

But which class is good for you? In this article, I’ll cover the most common options:

  1. Full-time English classes
  2. Evening / weekend classes with subsidy
  3. Evening / weekend classes without subsidy

1. Full-time English classes

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Where to learn English in Singapore?

Business meeting

Speak English well and be confident in your next business meeting

Are you trying to find out where to learn English in Singapore, for yourself or someone else? This article is meant to provide a starting point.

There isn’t really one best place to learn English in Singapore. It depends on your situation and what you want to achieve.

Below are a few questions to ask yourself. Depending on the answer, I will have recommendations for you, which you can use when going through the English directory on Yago, which has a ton of options to choose from: http://yago.sg/directory/english.

Many people I speak to who ask me about English courses, are asking for a relative, friend or foreign spouse. But to keep things simple, I’ll use “You” to refer to the student in this article.

Do you have time to learn full-time?

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Eight ways to learn Chinese in Singapore

Chinese characters on a blackboard

Of course, there are more modern ways of learning Chinese

Is there a secret formula for learning Chinese? I think what comes closest to a guaranteed path to success is focusing on the actions you take on a day-to-day basis.

Find a mix of activities that you can sustain long term. In the best period of my (part-time) Chinese learning, I spent an average of at least an hour a day on classes and homework. Every week. For two years.

Should I tell you exactly how I did it? I don’t think that would be very helpful, because what worked to keep me going and engaged, might not work for you.

So you’ll have to figure out your own secret formula. Language learning activities are the “ingredients” to any secret recipe. Here are four ways to learn Chinese in Singapore, and four that will work anywhere, for you to experiment with!

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Where to learn Mandarin in Singapore?

Chinese calligraphyWhether you just landed or are a born and bred Singaporean, if you see this post, chances are that you’re looking to learn Mandarin in Singapore. What’s the best place?

Actually, there isn’t one best choice to recommend everyone. It depends on many factors.

The Chinese courses directory on Yago allows you to narrow down the options based on the type of course (full-time, part-time, private, online) and location (East, Central etc.).

But how to decide what type of course? Or which school is more suitable? This post covers the most important things to think about when making a decision.

Factor 1: How much time do you have? What is your schedule?

When I arrived in Singapore in 2006, I came to live with my then girlfriend, now wife. I had no job offer, and as a recent graduate, it took me some time to secure a job.

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Does learning a foreign language really benefit your career?

Simply learning a language in itself does not necessarily land you a job. But depending on your situation, knowing several languages can still have advantages for your career. Here’s a quick video of a presentation I did on the topic.

To find what speaking several languages in the workplace does to how others see you, I asked a question on LinkedIn:

In the workplace, do you perceive someone who speaks several languages differently from someone who speaks only one, assuming that they otherwise have a similar skill set?

I got a diverse range of replies, but there are some common characteristics that were generally attributed to a person speaking several languages:

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My talk at Career & Education 2014: Tips for Language Learning

I was at Career & Education 2014 on Saturday 8th March to share tips for learning a new language faster. It’s mostly based on my personal experience.

Here are the slides!

Here’s the slides:

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Some photos of the event:

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Where to learn French in Singapore?

haute couture

“Haute Couture” is French for “high fashion”

Where to learn French in Singapore? In this post, I have tried to put together the best French courses available, for adults and kids; part-time, full-time and even online.

There are many good reasons to learn French. It’s the language of fashion, arts and gastronomy, and a working language of organisations like the UN, WTO, FIFA, EU and many more.

There are some excellent courses available. Which one to pick? It depends on your objectives and situation.

Three French-only language schools in Singapore

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How to get a student visa for Singapore?

Asian StudentIf you study in Singapore, you will need to live here long term. That’s where the student visa comes in.

In fact, in Singapore, it’s referred to as “student pass”, and that is the term that we will use in this article.

We get many questions from people who want to study in Singapore but are unsure of how they can get a student pass and for how long. And I am sure that many more of you have similar questions but don’t actually ask. I will write this post in a “question and answer” format and cover all the questions we get frequently. Hopefully this post will answer all your questions about student passes in Singapore.

1. Do I need a student pass if I study in Singapore?

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Student hostels in Singapore

Halls of a student hostel in SingaporeWhen you come to Singapore for study, you will need a place to stay. Some schools will offer you assistance with this, while others won’t. But whatever the case is for you, it will be helpful to know what to expect.

There are three options for accommodation in Singapore:

  1. Student hostel
  2. Renting a room with a family
  3. Renting a whole apartment

We recommend to book a student hostel for at least the first 3 months you’re in Singapore. If you want to rent a room or apartment, it will take some time to understand the market and find something that fits. It’s much easier to do when you are already Singapore.

What to expect from a student hostel in Singapore? And where to find a hostel?

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Cost of living for students in Singapore

HDB flat Singapore

A residential area in Singapore.

If you are planning to study in Singapore, one question will be on your mind for sure: how much does it cost to live there?

We’ve covered the course fees for English courses in a previous article, but how much does it cost to have a bed to sleep on, a desk to study on, transport to and from school. In short, how much money is needed to live in Singapore?

The short answer is that depending on your lifestyle, you will need between S$ 1000 – 2500 per month for living expenses in Singapore as a foreign student.

I will break down the expenses in a table, and after that, go over them one by one.

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