Chinese (Mandarin) Beginners 5

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 4 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 12 to Lesson 13.


Nine sessions that aim to build general intermediate comprehension and communication skills in intermediate Chinese.


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

  • Expressing permission or prohibition
  • Expressing about one’s ability
  • Asking about time
  • The indefinite measure word “ yi dianr”
  • The negative connotation “na li”
  • Expressing the continuation of a state or action with “ hai”
  • Telling time
  • Optative verbs: will, able, could, should, may, would etc.
  • Sentences with serial verb phrases as purpose
  • Sentences with double objects like to teach and to ask
  • More characters structure


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

  1. Tell people that you can speak Chinese but slowly.
  2. Ask what time we do what.
  3. Can, could, able, would, should, or may we do this or that.


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.

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