Chinese Mandarin Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1)

City University London
Course summary
20 weeks
510 GBP
Part time
Next available date: 27/04/2020 - London
Open / Scheduled
Chinese Mandarin Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1)

Course description

Chinese Mandarin Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1)

The Beginners Mandarin Chinese Summer Intensive short course focuses on daily communication and uses the phonetic system, Pinyin, to develop speaking and listening skills.

You will learn basic grammar and sentence structure around different topics and learn to read simple public signs in Chinese characters. Hands-on tasks and role play exercises are used to create realistic situations in which the use of language and culture is explored.

The Chinese Mandarin Beginners Summer Intensive course consists of two evening classes per week for a total of 10 weeks. In this time you will cover all three modules of the beginners course, giving you an excellent grasp on basic Chinese Mandarin in a short space of time.

Learning objectives

Module 1

  • Understanding basic rules of Chinese characters;
  • Asking and telling prices;
  • Buying fruits;
  • Making payment;
  • Bargaining;
  • Discussing gift options;
  • Comparing style, colour and material of clothes;
  • Talking about favourite food and drinks;
  • Ordering food and drinks;
  • Discussing food preference and dining experience;

Module 2

  • Being able to recognise commonly used characters;
  • Taking a taxi;
  • Discussing traffic and road conditions;
  • Giving suggestions about travel routes;
  • Buying train tickets;
  • Asking and telling room vacancies;
  • Booking hotel room;
  • Making complaint about hotel facilities;
  • Making phone calls;
  • Inviting guests for home visit;
  • Making and receiving business phone calls;

Module 3

  • Being able to write most commonly used characters;
  • Expressing the number of times for certain actions;
  • Describing a past event in a sophisticated manner;
  • Telling a story;
  • Asking and telling favourite travel destinations;
  • Discussing holiday experiences;
  • Writing Chinese envelope using correct format;
  • Writing letters and postcards;
  • Exchanging information on recent events;
  • Making promises;

Suitability - Who should attend?

Prerequisite knowledge

The Chinese Mandarin Summer Intensive course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of Chinese Mandarin.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of Chinese Mandarin, you may wish to join our Chinese Mandarin Beginners Refresher course or join Module Two or Module Three of the  Chinese Mandarin Beginners course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

English requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

Training Course Content

Topics covered

  • Greetings; nationality and language;
  • age and birthday;
  • time and appointment;
  • family and occupation;
  • dates and days;
  • weather and seasons;
  • directions and positions;
  • shopping and prices;
  • colours and sizes;
  • make simple comparison;
  • ask someone's opinion;
  • order food and drinks in a restaurant;
  • take taxi and buy train tickets;
  • ask about the availability of hotel rooms;
  • describe the type of room;
  • make complaints.

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