Mandarin Chinese Course: Beginners Level 1 - Sydney Short Courses

Mandarin Chinese Course: Beginners Level 1

What you'll learn

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

Our Chinese Mandarin courses will bring you the language and culture of the people of China. We have designed our language courses focusing on the students who wish to learn the Chinese language and communicate with the people in China effectively.

Learning to speak the most popular Asian language, Chinese Mandarin, is surprisingly easier than learning European languages. This Asian language has no subject or verb agreements, no plurals, no tenses, a simple numbering system and many more features that make teaching and learning Mandarin Chinese in a short period easy. Understandably, writing Chinese Mandarin characters seem intimidating at first. However, learning the design system in small group classes and with a native Mandarin speaker teacher will make what appears to be a difficult skill easy.

Enrol in our online Mandarin Chinese language courses for beginners and start your fascinating journey of learning this simplified Chinese language in Sydney.

Please note, our Mandarin Chinese courses are delivered online via Zoom.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the difference between the Pinyin System & Written (Chinese characters) System
  • Hear and pronounce the different tones used in Mandarin Chinese
  • Communicate using basic sentence structure 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
  • Learn new words in Chinese
  • 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
  • Learn primary Chinese characters, basic Chinese vocabulary and sentence structures
  • Gain knowledge about the Chinese culture

Course content

What will be covered in this Mandarin Chinese beginners course?


Students will develop their Chinese Mandarin skills by learning and practising activities that include commonly used words for:

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


Students who enrol in this short course will gain basic knowledge of the Mandarin Chinese grammar, such as:

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

Intended audience

Who is this Chinese Mandarin beginners course for?

This course is for students with no previous experience with Mandarin Chinese.

Course venue

Online via Zoom

  • All our language courses are based in Sydney, Australia and are currently delivered live online via Zoom
  • The Zoom details will be emailed to the students with the enrolment confirmation.
  • Requirement: Students should have a device and a stable internet connection.

Course materials

What to bring to class

  • Textbook
  • Notebook and pen


Students need to purchase the course textbook for our Learn Mandarin Chinese for Beginners Course and Learn Mandarin Chinese for Beginners: Level 2 Course.

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

Students can order the textbook from Abbeys Bookstore (131 York Street, Sydney). It is opposite the Sydney QVB building and offers a 10% discount for Sydney Community College students.

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

Additional information

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Course tutors

Fang has been teaching Mandarin to adult English speakers in Australia since 2001. She has a Postgraduate/Advanced Certificate in Education and Training from Hebei Normal University in China, as...

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