Chinese (Mandarin) Beginners 3

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. It follows on from Beginners 2 and is suitable for anyone who has completed this, or an equivalent program.


  • New Practical Chinese Reader (2nd ed.), Beijing Language and Culture University Press, Book 1, covering Lesson 8 to Lesson 10.


Nine Sessions that aim to build general elementary comprehension and communication skills in Chinese.


Conversational Chinese and an introduction to cultural practices, with a focus on clear explanation of basic language principles.

  • Talking about one’s family
  • Talking about one’s occupation
  • Talking about your school
  • Making an appointment
  • Ask about some one’s age and birthplace and celebrating some one's birthday
  • Shopping
  • Like and dislike
  • Solving language problems
  • Expressing the date and days of the week and time
  • Question with is that all right?
  • Propositional phrase
  • Sentences with an adjectival predicate and very


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

  1. Hold a conversation about your families.
  2. Chat about your birth place and organising an birthday party.
  3. Know what good shopping is and where to buy what.


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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