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.

Thu 07 Feb 2019 - Thu 04 Apr 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

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.

Course materials

The textbook used for this course is “Discover China” by Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. ISBN 9780230405950

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.

Wed 06 Feb 2019 - Wed 03 Apr 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

This course expands on Beginning 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 Beginning 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.

Course materials

The textbook used for this course is “Discover China” by Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. ISBN: 9780230405950. The textbook can be purchased from the ANU Coop bookstore or online from: http://wwww.languageint.com.au

Tue 05 Feb 2019 - Tue 02 Apr 2019

18:15 - 20:15

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Wed 01 May 2019 - Wed 26 Jun 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

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 Beginning Mandarin 2 or similar study. You are required to have prior knowledge of fundamental Mandarin to undertake Beginning 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.

Course materials

The textbook used for this course is “Discover China” by Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. ISBN 9780230405950. This can be purchased from the ANU Coop bookstore or online from www.languageint.com.au

No dates are currently scheduled.

This course is to enable students to learn how to communicate with Chinese through useful expressions, culture-specific dialogues, and paragraph texts with cultural tips (in both Chinese words and Pinyin). This is to help those students who have learnt Chinese and intend to maintain their language skills. At the end of this course, students are welcome to continue to study Continuing Mandarin 2.

Course outline

  • Topics: Traditional and new ways of greetings
  • Topics: Ways of addressing people in terms of gender and profession
  • Topics: Rules of addressing people in working places and on social occasions
  • Topics: Modest self-introducing
  • Topics: Compliments to one's ability in terms of working positions
  • Topics: Expressions of compliments (appearance, disposition, to other people’s family members, and to one’s belongs)
  • Topics: Expressions of showing modesty
  • Topics: Modest expressions when talking about one's own family

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to: use expressions, sentences and statements in different forms of addresses, titles used in daily life and working places, compliments on different occasions, and understanding Chinese modesty. 

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for those have completed at least 3 Mandarin courses at CCE or other institutes.

No dates are currently scheduled.

This course is to enable students to learn how to communicate with Chinese through useful expressions, culture-specific dialogues, and paragraph texts with cultural tips (in both Chinese words and Pinyin). This is to help those students who have learnt Chinese and intend to maintain their language skills. It also helps students enhance their speaking, listening and reading skills.

Course outline

  • Topic: Taboos to avoid in presenting gifts
  • Topic: What gifts to present
  • Topic: What to say between friends, colleagues, to seniors and superiors
  • Topic: Chinese dining etiquette
  • Topic: Understanding Chinese drinking culture and hidden rules of payment
  • Topic: Regional food and expressions for proposing a toast
  • Topic: Chinese politeness for entertaining guests
  • Topic: Etiquette necessary for effective communication at dinner or banquet

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to use expressions, sentences and statements in different forms of presenting gifts, Chinese dining etiquette, and Chinese politeness for entertaining guests at a dinner or a banquet.