Introduction to Chinese Mandarin

Course Overview

Learn the foreign language that is the most commonly spoken in the world – Chinese Mandarin!

With over a billion people speaking the language, Chinese Mandarin is China’s official dialect.

You will learn popular greetings and expressions, numbers, dates and times, hobbies and interests, as well as Chinese pronunciation & the different intonations required.

This introductory course is for absolute beginners and assumes no prior knowledge.

By the course’s conclusion, you’ll have the skills to engage in basic conversations in Mandarin, bolstered by increased confidence in pronunciation and the ability to distinguish between the five tones used in the language.

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:

  • Chinese pronunciation & the different intonation
  • Chinese pinyin and its rules (Chinese phonetic alphabet)
  • Greetings and other useful expressions eg. Asking for names of others, thank you and good-bye, etc.
  • Self-introduction and introducing people
  • Nationalities
  • Talk about families
  • Numbers
  • Dates and time
  • Hobbies and interests

Course outcome

By the end of the course, you will be able to have a basic conversation in Mandarin and have more confidence in pronouncing and distinguishing between the 5 different tones used in Mandarin.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

This level is for the complete beginner and assumes no prior knowledge of the language.

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 who have a Chinese background and knowledge or language competency in a different Chinese dialect, eg. Cantonese. If in doubt, please contact the tutor for an assessment prior to the session.

Class details

Start Date09 May 2024
End Date27 June 2024
Time7:00pm - 9:00pm
TutorYongyao Phil Xu
Location Chatswood Campus


Class details

Start Date11 May 2024
End Date29 June 2024
Time10:00am - 12:00pm
TutorBill Cong


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


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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:

Step 3

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