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.

Tue 24 Jul 2018 - Tue 18 Sep 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
8 spots remaining.

Wed 17 Oct 2018 - Wed 12 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

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

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Phonetics and greetings - Basic greetings, introduction to Chinese culture and language, China's influence on the world and basic greetings
  • Topic 2: Phonetics and numerals - explore phonetics and learn to count numbers
  • Topic 3: Surnames, given names, and nationality - acquire knowledge on Chinese names and describe nationalities, learn about the 12 Chinese Zodiac
  • Topic 4: Family and profession - explore the cultural background of Chinese families and professions
  • Topic 5: Asking the way - learn how to give and receive directions
  • Topic 6: Being a guest - learn about the Chinese family, their ways of living and hospitality
  • Topic 7: Shopping and currency - acquire knowledge about Chinese currency and shopping
  • Topic 9: Happy Birthday!- learn about birthday celebrations in China
  • Topic 10: Celebrations - celebrate the end of the term with a Chinese tea ceremony in classroom

    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

  • Wed 17 Oct 2018 - Wed 12 Dec 2018

    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

    • Topic 1: Asking the way  Learn expressions of asking for and giving directions
    • Topic 2: Climate and weather - learn terminology on different weather and ancient teachings on energy and seasons
    • Topic 3: Making a telephone call - explore the telephone manner of Chinese people
    • Topic 4: I like Taichi Quan - explore Chinese physical cultivation culture, learn action verbs relevant to sports
    • Topic 5: Travel time and transport mediums - learn to describe a travel plan and book tickets using Chinese
    • Topic 6: Changing money - be able to say different values of Chinese currency
    • Topic 7: Shopping and currency

    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

    Wed 25 Jul 2018 - Wed 19 Sep 2018

    18:00 - 20:00

    9 Sessions
    14 spots remaining.

    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.

    No dates are currently scheduled.

    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

    • Topic 1: Meeting notice
    • Topic 2: Weather and seasons
    • Topic 3: Traffic means
    • Topic 4: Meeting Agenda for Tomorrow
    • Topic 5: Beautiful Environment
    • Topic 6: Meeting Etiquette
    • Topic 7: Look Forward to a Successful Cooperation
    • Topic 8: Earth, Our Home
    • Topic 9: My Dream
    • Topic 10: Farewell

    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.