Chinese Mandarin – Beginners

Course Overview

Learn Chinese Mandarin with our Beginners course and delve into the most widely spoken language! With over 1 billion speakers, Chinese Mandarin opens up a world of communication and cultural understanding.

Building on the foundation laid by our Introduction to Chinese Mandarin course, which students must complete or have equivalent introductory knowledge, you will immerse yourself in Chinese customs and culture, expanding your vocabulary, refining grammar skills, and delving into the nuances of adjectives and sentence structure.

Topics will include honing Chinese pronunciation, mastering the five intonations, and navigating the Chinese phonetic alphabet, known as pinyin. Additionally, you’ll be introduced to simple Chinese scripts and writing.

By the end of the course, you will be more confident in having a basic conversation in Mandarin. You will also start to master pronouncing and distinguishing between the 5 different tones in Mandarin.

Join us to not only acquire language skills but also foster a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural tapestry of the Chinese Mandarin-speaking world.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

In this course your will learn:

  • Visiting someone's home
  • Chinese customs when visiting someone's home
  • Calling someone on the telephone & phone etiquette
  • Telephone numbers
  • Making appointments
  • Studying Chinese
  • Using adjectives to describe things
  • Introduction to building up your vocabulary as well as basic grammar and order of sentences
  • Fine-tune your Chinese pronunciation & the five intonations, Chinese pinyin(Chinese phonetic alphabet) and its rules.
  • Some simple Chinese scripts and writing will also be introduced in this class
  • Cultural information will also be provided throughout the sessions
Note: You will not be expected to write in Chinese characters at this level.

Course outcome

By the end of the course, you will be more confident in having a basic conversation in Mandarin. You will also start to master pronouncing and distinguishing between the 5 different tones in Mandarin.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

This level assumes that you have completed at least one term of study in an introductory course in Chinese Mandarin.

What you need to provide

  • All course material is provided and inclusive with course fees
  • Notepad and pen

Other information

This course may not be suitable for learners of Chinese background who have prior knowledge or have some language competency of a different Chinese dialect, e.g. Cantonese. If in doubt, please contact the tutor for an assessment prior to the session. Perhaps a more appropriate level may be offered instead.

Class details

Start Date06 May 2024
End Date01 July 2024
Sessions8
DaysMon
Time7:00pm - 9:00pm
TutorYongyao Phil Xu
Location Chatswood Campus

$280

Class details

Start Date11 May 2024
End Date29 June 2024
Sessions8
DaysSat
Time12:30pm - 2:30pm
TutorBill Cong

$280

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study

FAQ

How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Enrol

Step 1

Anyone 18 years or older may enrol into our non-accredited short courses by: • choosing the course you are interested in and; • finding a day and time that is suitable.

Step 2

After selecting your course and class. click ‘’Enrol Now’’ and enter your details. • You will be asked to verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address. • Once you have returned to the enrolment page you will proceed through the secure checkout and payment process. • Alternatively, you can call customer service on 1300 845 888. To view our Terms and Conditions, please visit: https://www.macquarie.nsw.edu.au/terms-and-conditions/

Step 3

Once your enrolment has been processed, you will receive the following emails: • Enrolment confirmation: you will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. Please check and read your Terms and conditions. • Tax invoice: the payer of your enrolment will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. • Course reminder: you will receive a reminder the day prior to your class commencement. • Zoom link (for remote zoom classes only): you will receive a Zoom link and password the day prior to class commencement. If your course has multiple sessions, use the same link and password to access each session.