Chinese (Mandarin)

There are over 1 billion Mandarin Chinese speakers worldwide and it is spoken in 10% of homes right here in Sydney. Whether you’re interested in building ties with Australia’s biggest trading partner, or more independently visiting the many ancient and modern wonders beyond the Great Wall, Mandarin is one of the most influential and intriguing languages to learn today.

We also offer courses in Mandarin specifically for Business.

The great wall
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Feel at home anywhere with languages

We invite you to spend a few hours every week in China with us, to learn the language of Confucius, Jack Ma, and Jet Li.

UNSW Global courses are designed to create opportunities for real-life communication practice and connect you with other people who share your interests.

Did you know?

  • Mandarin is a very easy language to learn in several ways – there are no gendered nouns or past and future tenses!
  • Writing in characters gives you an entirely different way to illustrate your ideas – learn Chinese and unleash your creativity.

Why study Chinese with us?

Our small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher. Our courses will help you:

  • Learn to speak, read and write in Chinese

  • Get an insight into Chinese culture

  • Communicate confidently when travelling to Chinese speaking countries

  • Understand and communicate better with Chinese speaking friends or family

  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities

Levels and duration

Our generic Chinese course is divided into six levels. Each level consists of either 20 weeks of study or 2 x 10-week terms.

Beginners

Module A

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Initials, finals and tones of Romanised Chinese scripts (Pinyin)
  • Basic structures of Chinese characters
  • Greetings and leave-takings
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Numbers 0-999
  • Time, date, month, year, days of the week
  • Daily activities
  • Money, shopping and bargaining
  • Clothes and colours
  • Eating in a Chinese restaurant
  • I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Yes/no questions and the pattern for answers
  • Various Wh-questions and the pattern for answers
  • Returning questions with “ne”
  • Classifiers for different nouns
  • Useful verbs and adjectives to create new words and phrases
  • Exclamations and complaints

What textbook do I need?

你 好 Hello Chinese 1 (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) Units 1-4 – available at UNSW Bookshop

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the Chinese language.

 


Module B

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with some basic knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Family compositions
  • Professions
  • One’s age and characteristics
  • Over the phone language and expressions
  • Meetings and dates
  • Directions and addresses
  • Travel and transport
  • Location of an object
  • Worries and concerns

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Present, past and future tenses
  • Various classifiers for nouns
  • Various Wh-questions
  • Tag-questions  “ba”
  • Various propositions “zai”, “wang”, “li” etc
  • What textbook do I need?

What textbook do I need?

你 好 Hello Chinese 1 (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) Units 5-8 – available at UNSW Bookshop

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

Elementary

Module A

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Parts of the body and ailments
  • At the doctor’s
  • Sick leave
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Skills and capabilities
  • Foreign languages
  • Leisure and sport activities including abilities
  • Weather and climate
  • Possibilities
  • Animals and horoscopes
  • Rooms and furniture in the house
  • Housework

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Indirect speech
  • Various frequencies
  • Proposition "bǎ"
  • Comparatives
  • Various degrees and seriousness
  • Imperatives

What textbook do I need?

你 好 Hello Chinese 1 (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) Units 9-12 – available at UNSW Bookshop

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have awareness of grammatical structures and be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.


Module B

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Talking about personal information
  • Describing something in the past
  • Describing someone’s appearance and characters
  • Describing living areas and their surroundings

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Interrogative sentences
  • Comparison
  • Directional verbal phrases (1)
  • Adjectives for describing feelings, characters and living environment
  • Verb phrases
  • Prepositions
  • Tenses (past, present)

What textbook do I need?

你 好 Hello Chinese 1 (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) Units 13-15 – available at UNSW Bookshop

你 好 Hello Chinese 2 (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) Unit 16 – available at UNSW Bookshop

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in and understand the language on practical everyday matters.

Lower Intermediate

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good basic knowledge of the language.

Lower Intermediate 3A and 3B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics does it cover?

  • Shopping
  • Asking for refund or exchanging the items
  • Making complaints
  • Making an arrangement
  • Talking about weekend activities
  • Talking about interests and hobbies

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Optional question: A or B
  • Frequency and time phrases
  • Directional verbal phrases (part 2)
  • Actions sequence expression
  • Various sentence patterns
  • Adjectives for describing something positively
  • Verb phrases
  • Tenses (future)

What textbook do I need for this level?

你 好 Hello Chinese 2 (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) Units 17-20 – available at UNSW Bookshop


Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Talking about holiday plans
  • Booking flight tickets and hotels
  • Talking about holiday experiences
  • Expressing feelings of regrets, anxiety and disappointment
  • Expressing something politely as a host or a guest
  • Making an invitation
  • Accepting an invitation or turning down an invitation politely
  • Wishes and congratulations

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Simple questions with "Can..."
  • Verb repeating expressions
  • Directional verbal phrases (part 3)
  • Verb phrases
  • Various sentence patterns
  • Adjectives for describing something positively
  • Tense (future)

What textbook do I need for this level?

你 好 Hello Chinese 2 (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) Units 21-24 – available at UNSW Bookshop

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will develop a deeper cultural awareness and be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers and discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

 

Intermediate

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures.

Intermediate 4A and 4B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Talking about work and study
  • Making a suggestion
  • Expressing a compliment and giving a modest response
  • Discussing something not working or broken and its solution
  • Making requests politely
  • Describing lost items and situations
  • Talking about university life
  • Expressions when departing

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Passive voices
  • Adjectives for describing something in degrees - easy, difficult, fast, slow etc.
  • Auxiliary words “di / de”
  • Various sentence patterns
  • Verb phrases
  • Tenses (future)

What textbook do I need for this level?

你 好 Hello Chinese 2 (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) Units 25-27 – available at UNSW Bookshop


Module B

What topics are covered?

  • Learning the Chinese language
  • Impressions of China
  • Planning a trip
  • Visiting a place
  • Seeing a doctor
  • Talking about health
  • Get-togethers
  • Chinese food and western food

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Learning the Chinese language
  • Impressions of China
  • Planning a trip
  • Visiting a place
  • Seeing a doctor
  • Talking about health
  • Get-togethers
  • Chinese food and western food

What textbook do I need for this level?

你 好 Hello Chinese 2 (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) Units 28-30 – available at UNSW Bookshop

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to converse with native speakers and follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures

 

Upper Intermediate

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

Upper Intermediate 5A and 5B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Chinese New Year celebration
  • Family reunion
  • Interests and hobbies
  • Chinese literature
  • Education
  • University life
  • Teaching English in China
  • Looking for a job
  • Applying for a job

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Expressions of exaggeration
  • Results/potential results of an action
  • Differences between yixie & youxie
  • Le at end of a sentence
  • Compare and contrast
  • Use of de before a noun
  • Differences between er, danshi or keshi-however
  • Colloquial use of lihai
  • Passive voice
  • Position of adv-bian
  • Noun phrase + de
  • Conditional sentences

What textbook do I need for this level?

Colloquial Chinese 2 - The Next Step in Language Learning (Qian Kun) (Units 1-4)

 


Module B

What topics are covered?

  • Transport and environment
  • Water pollution
  • Computers and the internet
  • Marriage and children
  • One child policy
  • Weddings
  • Reform and change
  • Township and village enterprise
  • Joint venture companies
  • Opening an internet bar

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Notional passive voice
  • Informal passive markers-jiao, rang, gei
  • Not only, but also- budan…erqie
  • How to negate xuehui
  • Affectionate terms
  • Would rather …than…- ningyuan…ye
  • Ni as general reference
  • More on ‘ba sentences’
  • Difference of wen, rang, jiao and qing
  • Rang used as an informal passive marker
  • 4-charactered expressions
  • Difference between xinwen and xiaoxi- news

What textbook do I need for this level?

Colloquial Chinese 2 - The Next Step in Language Learning (Qian Kun) (Units 5-8)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to converse with native speakers and be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Colloquial Chinese 2 - The Next Step in Language Learning (Qian Kun) (Units 1-4)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to converse with native speakers and follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures

 

Advanced

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have an advanced level of language proficiency.  

What topics are covered?

This course will be tailored to meet the needs of students. To find out more, contact enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.

What’s the end goal?

This open-ended course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

Summer short courses (6:15pm - 8:45pm)

Location: UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2 East Tower classrooms, Kensington
Length: 8 sessions, 20 hours

Evening courses (6:30pm - 8:30pm)

UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington.
Length: 10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)

Saturday courses (9:30am - 11:30am)

UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2 East Tower classrooms, Kensington.
Length: 10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)

Questions? We have answers.

  • How do I work out which level to enroll in?

  • What is the average class size?

  • Do I receive a certificate?

Important Information

Our partner

UNSW Global provides Chinese courses on behalf of the Confucius Institute at UNSW. The Confucius Institute at UNSW was opened in July 2009 and is based on the partnership between the UNSW Australia and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). It is supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education through the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban).

Course outline

This course outline is a only a guide. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class. To find out more contact enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.