You may be one who has recently come to Singapore to settle down or you may be one who has been born and brought up in there, and if you have plans to learn Mandarin then it depends on many factors.
How much time can you devote and what is your preferred schedule.
It differs from person to person. If you can afford to take 20 hours per week full time course then you can get a good hold on the language in few months. But if you do not that much time then you can also opt for part time course. If that is so, ensure that you attend all the classes. There are institutes to cater to both kinds of needs.
If you are a Singaporean Citizen or Permanent Resident, take subsidies.
According to this post, you can avail a 90% subsidy in courses conducted by Workforce Development Agency (WDA) as long as you are a Singaporean or PR. Start by taking the BCT to assess your level of the language and again at the end of your learning cycle, to establish that you have learnt the language well.
Some good Mandarin coaching institutes that offer subsidized courses are Confucius institute at Buona Vista , Crestar / KLC at Serangoon and Jurong East, SCCIOB at City Hall,.
If you are not a citizen or a PR then these courses will be costlier to you. In such a situation, there are other solutions. There are some small coaching institutes that may also be located conveniently to your place, to learn mandarin at much lesser prices and times convenient to you. A good example of this is Yi Mandarin. Their Chinese teachers are all very experienced.
If you are a beginner then any place will be ok to learn Mandarin. But if you have medium or intermediate level, then you have to select the place for Mandarin enrichment very carefully. Find a place where the level meets yours so that you get time and exposure to work on your weakness. Finding an institute to meet just your needs will not be easy and will need quite a filtering before you zero in on the final choice. To go for the private tuitions or online programs is also a good way of learning Mandarin. Go to the website Yago for an overview of Chinese learning options.
If you are a frequent traveler to Singapore, then you can opt for private or online lessons to learn Mandarin. In such a case try to find a place that combines both, so that if you have to travel, you can attend your lectures online. This shall ensure that you do not miss your classes.
If you need to learn Mandarin as part of your job requirement, you can request your employer to bear the cost of learning Mandarin. Normally companies get huge subsidies if they spend in training of their employees. You may easily get the desired support.
The above article has covered most of the situations that one may face while trying to learn Mandarin in Singapore. We are sure the tips given above will help you chart your Mandarin learning program with clarity to be able to achieve your objective of mastering the language sooner than later.