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Learn to speak Mandarin Chinese with our Mandarin Chinese language short courses online & in Sydney!

Explore the most widely-spoken language in the world, Mandarin - and learn to speak with potentially millions of people around the world.

It is surprisingly easier to learn Mandarin than European languages as it has no subjects or verb agreements, no plurals, no tenses, a simple numbering system and many more features that make Mandarin easy.

Understandably, written Chinese and its characters seem at first intimidating, but by learning the design system with time, and with a professional tutor by your side, it will be a challenge you can win.

Enrol into this online Mandarin Chinese beginners course and start your fascinating journey of learning Mandarin in Sydney.

Please note, this Mandarin Chinese course will be held online via Zoom.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this Learn Mandarin Chinese for Beginners: Level 1 course, you should be able to:

  • understand the difference between the Pinyin System & Written (character) System
  • hear and pronounce the different tones used in Mandarin
  • communicate using basic sentences and questions, including greeting people, introducing yourself and others, names, country of origin, “how are you?”, etc.
  • understand two main negative adverbs
  • know how to indicate a possessive relationship to show ownership and belonging
  • understand the most used measure words and how they work
  • say the numbers, including phone numbers and age
  • say the time, days of the week and months of the year
  • understand and practise the difference between formal and familiar speech
  • understand and appreciate the Chinese culture

What will be covered in this Learn Mandarin Chinese for Beginners: Level 1 course?


  • Greetings
  • Introducing and asking names including countries and nationalities
  • Alphabet and numbers
  • Date and time
  • Family members
  • Chinese culture


  • Use of tones
  • Asking simple questions
  • Forming negative sentences in Chinese
  • Introducing measure words

Who is this beginners Learn Mandarin Chinese for Beginners: Level 1 course for?

  • Students with no previous learning in Mandarin

Course venue

Online via Zoom

  • Zoom details will be emailed to you with your enrolment confirmation.
  • Requirement: A device and stable internet connection.


Please purchase the course textbook – which is used for our Learn Mandarin Chinese for Beginners: Level 1 Course and Learn Mandarin Chinese for Beginners: Level 2 Course.

Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1, 4th Edition (3rd Edition is okay)
ISBN: 9781622911356

You can order the textbook from Abbeys Bookstore (131 York Street, Sydney). It is close to the CBD campus and offers.

We recommend purchasing your textbook after your course has been confirmed (usually within three working days of the proposed start). The textbook not included in enrolment fee. If you would like to inquire about the current price, please call Abbeys Bookstore on (02) 9264 3111

What to bring to class

  • Textbook
  • Notebook and pen

Additional information

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Learn Mandarin Chinese for Beginners: Level 1 Course

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Learn Mandarin Chinese for Beginners: Level 1 Course

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I loved this course, so good. I enjoyed the interaction with my class mates as the class was nice and small so we got to know each other well. The role play experiences were very effective. For me personally, it was a bit tough at the beginning to grasp the various tones but on completion of the course, I now have the basic notions to start a conversation in mandarin. I would like to say a big “XIEXIE” to my teacher Fang Zhao as she did a wonderful job. Fang was friendly, very patient and interacted with everyone in the class. She explained everything in the text book very simply and gave us new vocabulary as well as providing us with examples of what is accurate and inaccurate. After each class, she would always email us the audio files so that we can practice before the next lesson. I am looking forward to joining Fang in the Level 2 course in October. Thank you. Saleen

  • said: Student gave 4.5 stars

  • said: Interactive class and information on Chinese culture was helpful. 5 Stars!

  • said: I won't deny that Mandarin is a difficult language to learn but by week 8 I was getting the hang of it. I particularly enjoyed the cultural asides which gave a good introduction to the way Chinese people interact at work and at home.

  • said: Dedication of teacher and ability to illustrate how words combine to produce more than what the text book provides- very helpful. Thank you.

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