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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.

Wed 26 Apr 2023 - Wed 21 Jun 2023

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Online

Tue 02 May 2023 - Tue 27 Jun 2023

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Face-to-face

This course offers covers a more vivid and detailed language studies experience and is for students with prior knowledge of Mandarin. You will gain insight into the Chinese culture, covering general topics, current affairs, and business. Improve your linguistic progress and understanding of grammatical rules. Writing skills will be developed in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Course outline

  • Asking about directions, rental information for flats and houses. Li zheli yuanbuyuan?
  • Transportation and travelling in China. Women zuo huoche qu ba.
  • Hobbies and sports. Ni xihuan shenme yundong?
  • Holiday plans and sightseeing. Women qu Xi’an ba.

Learning outcomes

Students should have established a long-term passion for the Chinese language, culture, and history. Students should be able to identify the nuances of Chinese people and their values and how these could positively impact on their everyday life.

Who should enrol

Those who have successfully completed Mandarin 2 or similar study. You are required to have prior knowledge of fundamental Mandarin to undertake Mandarin 3. The course is suitable for public servants, university/college students, employers and employees (with long term business partnerships with China), travellers and other Chinese language enthusiasts.

What our students say

"Mandarin 3 was a good development course for anyone intending to visit China. By the end of Mandarin 3 it would be possible to have a basic conversation on some limited topics."

Textbook

The textbook information will be provided once you’ve enrolled. Please purchase your textbook after the course is confirmed to run.

Wed 26 Apr 2023 - Wed 21 Jun 2023

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Face-to-face

Thu 27 Apr 2023 - Thu 22 Jun 2023

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Online

This course is a consolidation and revision of the skills and knowledge that students have gained in Mandarin 1, 2 and 3. Students will practise how to communicate in Mandarin using culture-specific dialogues and texts with cultural tips (in both Chinese words and Pinyin). Students will be provided with more opportunities to interact with classmates. This course is suitable for those with some fundamental prior knowledge of Mandarin who intend to maintain their language skills. It is also suitable for new Mandarin language students who intend to enhance their speaking, listening and reading skills. 

Course outline

  • Describe the appearance, nationality and occupation of famous people around the world
  • Reflect and discuss what is your dream occupation different from what you currently do
  • Using adjectives, compare and contrast the appearance and characteristics of different animals
  • Compare clothes, colours and prices when shopping and commenting on whether some items are worth bargaining for 
  • Listen, ask and answer questions about one's likes and dislikes with sports and hobbies
  • Identify and express preferences for holiday plans
  • Review and provide opinions about the different cities and holiday activities in China
  • Express future tense with yao
  • Use modal verb keyi and hui
  • Articulate past actions using guo and le
  • Express alternatives using huozhe and haishi

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should gain further fluency and confidence in the usage of expressions, sentences and statements to communicate their preferences and opinions with other Mandarin speakers.

Textbook

The textbook information will be provided once you’ve enrolled. Please purchase your textbook after the course is confirmed to run.

Thu 27 Apr 2023 - Thu 22 Jun 2023

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Face-to-face

Tue 02 May 2023 - Tue 27 Jun 2023

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Online

This course expands on Mandarin 1 to further develop your linguistic progress and to help students acquire knowledge on the most frequently used grammatical rules. We will cover aspects of Chinese culture, conversation, and character writing. This course aims to build your confidence by addressing the more common challenges encountered in learning the Chinese language.

Course outline

  • Chinese numbers, telephone numbers,  home addresses. Ni de dianhua haoma shi duoshao?
  • Days, dates, birthdays and Chinese festivals/celebrations. Ni de shengri shi jiyue jihao?
  • Time, location and ask people going out. Women yiqi qu kan dianying ba?
  • Chinese currency and shopping. Duoshao qian?

Learning outcomes

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

  • speak on familiar topics with confidence
  • establish a long term passion for probing Chinese language, culture and history
  • identify the nuances of Chinese people and their values and how these could impact on their everyday life
  • equip themselves with abilities to continue develop their macro skills on Chinese language learning.

Who should enrol

Those who have completed Mandarin 1 or similar study of approximately 20 hours. Public servants, university/college students, employers and employees who have or about to establish business partnerships with China, travellers and other Chinese language enthusiasts would enjoy this course.

Textbook

The textbook information will be provided once you’ve enrolled. Please purchase your textbook after the course is confirmed to run.

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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."

Textbook

The textbook information will be provided once you’ve enrolled. Please purchase your textbook after the course is confirmed to run.