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What level in Mandarin do I need?

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JayR9
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05 February 2016 at 11:39am | IP Logged 
Hi, I want to join the army and the role I want to do requires me to have a degree in a
language.
I am wondering what are the levels in Mandarin Chinese and what level would I need to
get to for a degree?

How would I go about in getting a degree in mandarin?

Any help or info would be much appreciated.

Thank you

Edited by Fasulye on 22 February 2016 at 8:55pm

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cathrynm
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05 February 2016 at 4:56pm | IP Logged 
Don't know about the army. Sorry. They require a degree in a language? I only see the end results for Japanese majors, but it seems like you can graduate with a degree in Japanese and have pretty so-so level of Japanese. Anyway, I would give you this advice, and that is whatever the requirements, if you are going to major in Chinese, you are going to want to be really really good at Chinese, because your college Major is going to define who you are to employers. If you have it in you to get really good at Chinese, then go for it.

Do you know some Chinese already, or would you be learning from scratch.

Edited by cathrynm on 05 February 2016 at 5:07pm

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Rhian
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05 February 2016 at 11:33pm | IP Logged 
Hey Jay, just to let you know you might get a few
more responses at www.forum.language-learners.org
HTLAL does still get used but after a lot of
technical problems the above site was set up and
it's lot more active than here.

In relation to your question, you'd need to google
Chinese and/or Mandarin. Also look at the UCAS site
as they have a course finder. Look for things like
Far East/East Asian/Oriental studies as they will
no doubt have a language component too and thus you
might be able to focus on Mandarin. Of course,
check with your recruiter that the degree would be
acceptable! Be prepared to put in a lot of self-
study too if you really want to be good. Of course,
you could go for a more widely available language
like Russian, German, Spanish etc. If you look at
Middle East studies you could probably also do
Hebrew, Arabic or Farsi.
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Rhian
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05 February 2016 at 11:36pm | IP Logged 
PS Also look at SOAS (School of Oriental and
African Studies) which I think is part of the
University of London. I'm assuming the UK location
listed under your username is still correct.
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JayR9
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06 February 2016 at 2:26pm | IP Logged 
Hi, sorry for the late reply.

Thank you for your replies and yes I already know a little. I am no way near the level that I need or want to be but with hard work and devotion I will get there.

Thank you again for your replies.


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