Learn Chinese Mandarin for Beginners

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Learn to speak Mandarin with our Mandarin language courses 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 course and start your fascinating journey of learning Mandarin in Sydney.

Please note, the online class is a live and interactive but modified online version of the face-to-face class previously offered by the College. Some outcomes may not be achieved. The length of the session has also been adjusted


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

  • 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.
  • say the time, days of the week and months of the year
  • say the numbers, including phone numbers, currency and age
  • understand and practise the difference between formal and familiar speech
  • identify the written characters of the alphabet and use basic reading skills
  • understand and appreciate the Chinese culture

Ideal for

  • Students with no previous learning in Mandarin



  • Greetings
  • Introducing and asking names
  • Alphabet and numbers
  • Date and time
  • Family members
  • Daily activities
  • Locations
  • Chinese culture


  • Changes of tones
  • Simple questions
  • Forming negative sentence in Chinese
  • Introducing measure words
  • Introducing basic rules of stroke order of Chinese characters


Please purchase the course textbook – which is used for the beginners and level 2 courses.

Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1 4th Edition
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

Please bring to class

  • Textbook
  • Notebook and pen

Other Information

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • said: Loved learning a new language and understand the culture.

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

  • 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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