Beginning Mandarin 1

Australia's future engagement in the Asian Century acknowledges Mandarin Chinese as one of the top priority Asian languages. Follow a native Chinese teacher whose lifestyle embodies ancient teachings on an inspirational journey of cultural study, basic conversation drills and fun character writing experience. CCE welcomes you to this practical and enjoyable course.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Dapeng Wang 10 October Tuesday 6-8pm 9 $335 Enrolments closed

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, first names and nationality - acquire knowledge on Chinese names and describe nationalities, learn aboout 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 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 on 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. Also caters to other Chinese language enthusiasts interested in Asian culture and history.


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

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