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    We are the only British International School in downtown Beijing, situated in the heart of the embassy district of Sanlitun.

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    Our experienced teaching staff acre about the education of their students, and are always prepared to go one step further.

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    We aim for all our students to become ‘Global Learners, Aspiring Leaders’

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    We create an environment where there are no limits to what our students can achieve, where your child will excel academically, socially and personally.

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Learn Chinese

There is no better way to experience the city than to learn Mandarin Chinese

China’s official language is Mandarin Chinese. A notoriously difficult language to learn it has no set alphabet and instead uses characters. The Chinese are generally extremely patient and forgiving with Westerners struggling through Mandarin. Locals greatly appreciate any effort to learn their language, and speaking a few phrases is seen as a sign of respect and will help you interact and integrate with the locals.

Learning spoken Mandarin is made easier through the use of Pinyin, a phonetic system that uses the Roman alphabet to represent characters. It is still tricky to learn because it is a tonal language. Each character is assigned one of four main tones in spoken form. As a general rule of thumb, if you can’t carry a tune, you won’t get far speaking Chinese. English is spoken in most central and expat neighbourhoods as well as popular tourist sites near the city centre. However, while English is spoken, it may not be well understood and you will soon learn through experience to enunciate well and speak slowly.

If you are going to be in Beijing, learning the basic phrases will help you get around, order at a restaurant, or negotiate the price at a local market. If you are going to be in Beijing longer, taking the opportunity to learn spoken Chinese will only ease assimilation and make your time in Beijing more enjoyable.

We integrate Chinese language studies for all our students that are not enrolled in English as an Additional Language (EAL). Students are assessed at the beginning of the year and placed into one of five groups of study with other students of similar ability. For some long term residents it is not uncommon to see red hair, blue eyed pupils studying in the Advanced or even Heritage group. For parents wanting to learn mandarin there are Chinese lessons available through the following:

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The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun
Primary Campus

5 Xiliujie, Sanlitun Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing
100027,China
北京市朝阳区三里屯路西六街5号,北京英国学校(三里屯)

The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun
Early Years Campus

5 Xiliujie, Sanlitun Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing
100027, China

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