HanYou Chinese Language Institute in Delhi's Hauz Khas Area is currently teaching 18 children aged 6 ~ 8 years.
The Businessmen are smart. They want to go to the villages directly and get the material. If they go to Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, they have to pay more money. But if they go to manufacturing units directly, they make bigger profits, says Cannie Min, a Native Mandarin Speaker from Taiwan, who has been teaching in Delhi for last 5 years.
HanYou Chinese Institute in Adhchini is run by Taiwanese expats. The institute’s Level 1 and Level 2 Mandarin courses entirely focus on making introductions fixing appointments, buying and bargaining among others. On a Saturday, Cannie Min, was trying hard to explain to a group of students how to say Ni Mang Ma?, which means “Are you busy?” “Our institute is different because unlike others we have native teachers. We also conduct Chinese classes at corporate houses who have business interest in China. When I came to India seven years back, there were no takers, but now I am really surprised at how Indians are seeking to learn the Chinese language. I have had businessmen even in their 60s,” says Min. The institute conducts five classes a day on weekends.
Nancy Hsiao, founder and director of Han You Chinese Language Institute, headed to New Delhi from her hometown in Taiwan. She established the institute in 2011 to offer Chinese-language training courses. China Daily reporter An Baijie spoke with her on Sept 13 and below is an abstract of what she said about her career.
“India is a virgin market worth exploring. And I’m a chemistry major who loves to experiment,” said Cannie Min (閔幼林), who first came to India in 2005 to assess the possibility of starting a business in the country. Two of her ventures failed, including a short-lived attempt to sell bubble tea, and though many people would have quit and flown home, Min chose to stay. In 2008, she began to teach Mandarin in New Delhi, tutoring locals including businesspeople wishing to connect with the Chinese-speaking world. Today, she not only operates the Han You Chinese Language Institute, which offers courses at different levels and generates stable revenue, but also provides advice to Taiwanese coming to India for business. “I see past failures as an asset. They’re something I can learn from as I move forward,” she said. Min’s role is an important one, especially given the small size of the Taiwanese population in India.