Mandarin is the official language of China and one of the world’s major languages. Learn not only this amazing language, but gain an appreciation and understanding of Chinese culture and society.

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Mandarin 1


  • Session: 9 evening sessions
  • Dates: Thursdays 25 Jul – 19 Sep 2024
  • Times: 6-8pm
  • Enrolment fee: $420

Australia’s future engagement in the Asian Century acknowledges Mandarin Chinese as one of the top priority Asian languages.

Course outline

  • Introduction of the language and pronunciation system of Pinyin
  • Introducing yourself and ask about people’s surname and given name. Nihao, ni jiao shenme mingzi?
  • Asking about nationality and where people live. Ni shi naguo ren?
  • Talking about family members and occupation. Ni zuo shenme gongzuo?
  • Describing people with adjectives. Ta gao ma?

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • acquire knowledge of Chinese phonetics and become familiar with practical fundamentals covering various topics
  • identify the nuances of Chinese people and their values, and how these could impact on their everyday life
  • establish a long-term passion for probing Chinese language, culture, and history.

Who should enrol

Suitable for people planning to travel to China, either for personal or professional reasons. This course also caters to other Chinese language enthusiasts interested in Asian culture and history.

What our students say

“Overall the course was very enjoyable and I will sign up for a second term on-site when it is available.”