Mandarin: Level 1

An introduction to speech sounds and tones of Mandarin awaits you. During this intensive program you learn lively and true-to-life conversation, basic sentence patterns and Mandarin expressions. This course focuses on conversation skills in Mandarin and the pin yin (alphabet). Unfortunately, reading and writing Chinese characters is not taught at this level. To gain the maximum benefit it is suggested students commit 4 or more hours per week to independent study.


  • Pen and note pad
  • You will be required to purchase a text book for this course, which your tutor will confirm with you at the first session. The Text book currently used in this course: ‘Colloquial Chinese’ by Kan Qian (Routledge 1997); $72 includes the book and two audio tapes; and is available from Language Book Centre, 131 York Street, Sydney (9267 1397).

Please note:
All courses need a minimum number of students to run. If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed. For your convenience information about class cancellations or changes are made initially via email and SMS, please ensure these details are correct.

This course has no current classes. Please join the waiting list.