Chinese (Mandarin) Beginners 1

This course is an introduction to Chinese for any student wishing to learn the language for business, travel or everyday use. Students will develop skills to use in conversation, reading, listening and writing, with approximately 18 hours required. This course aims to build general basic comprehension and communication skills in beginners Mandarin and an introduction to cultural practices, with a focus on clear explanation of basic language principles.


  • Conversational Chinese 301, Beijing Language and Culture University Press, Book 1, covering Lesson 1 to Lesson 5.


Unit 1-2

  • Chinese Initials and Finals, Phonetics
  • Four tones and change of tones
  • Formal and informal greetings
  • Basic introduction on character writing

Unit 3-4

  • Formal and Informal greetings and ways of asking names
  • Asking others about how they are going
  • Notes on spelling
  • Yes/No questions
  • Questions with interrogative pronouns

Unit 5

  • Predicate without 'to be'
  • Possessive
  • Negative
  • The sentence with a verbal predicate
  • Introducing oneself and others


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  2. Introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as what their names are, and what they do.
  3. Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
  4. Demonstrate the skills, language and attitudes required for further study of Mandarin.


Abbey's Language Book Centre, 131 York Street Sydney, Ph: 9267 1397 |

Please note that textbook cost is not included in the course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any textbooks. We therefore suggest you purchase your textbooks closer to the time of the course commencing.


If you are a new WEA Student and enrol into a language class and subsequently find that you are at the wrong level (whether too high or too low), you are permitted to transfer into another more suitable class at no additional cost, provided that the request is made within the first two classes and is in writing from your tutor directly to the Education Manager. After that point, an administration fee of $30 will apply.

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