Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 103: Intensive

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In partnership with the Confucius Institute
Offered in association with the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney. The Confucius Institute is based on a partnership with Fudan University, in collaboration with the Office of The Chinese Language Council International in China (Hanban). It is managed by the the Office of Global Engagement. The first to be established in New South Wales, the Institute has attracted thousands of people to its popular Chinese language and culture programs.

Join us for this Intensive Chinese Mandarin course. Designed for enthusiastic learners, this course continues on from Chinese Mandarin Course 102: Intensive. It covers lessons 11 to 15 of the prescribed textbook Integrated Chinese, Volume 2, and is taught over two weekly, two-hour sessions.

Content from this course is also available over ten weekly sessions of two hours by completing Chinese Mandarin 1031: Standard followed by Chinese Mandarin 1032: Standard.


The aims of this course are to:

  • introduce 118 vocabulary items
  • cover topics such as birthday parties, asking for directions and seeing a doctor
  • concentrate on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • expand your vocabulary through the study of more complex linguistic structures
  • enhance your confidence in communicating in Chinese
  • deepen your understanding of Chinese culture and society.


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

  • discuss around 288 vocabulary items and recognise about 200 Chinese characters
  • employ basic terms for weather patterns and phenomena
  • describe simple weather changes and compare the weather over a two-day period
  • compare the weather of two cities
  • talk about what things you might do in good or bad weather
  • present a simple weather forecast
  • ask a waiter if there are seats available in a restaurant
  • order Chinese dishes at a Chinese restaurant
  • ask the restaurant to recommend dishes
  • tell the waiter your dietary preferences and restrictions
  • rush your order/ask how long your order will be
  • pay for your meal by speaking Chinese and get the correct change after
  • use words to do with directions, sensory organs and simple diseases
  • ask for and give directions in Chinese, and identify locations by using landmarks as references
  • describe whether two places are close or far from one another
  • ask someone to do something with you such as going to a party, hospital etc
  • give a simple description of a person’s facial features
  • offer someone a ride, and arrange a time and place to meet
  • discuss birth dates and Chinese zodiac signs
  • describe basic symptoms of some common ailments such as colds, fevers, allergies and diarrhea
  • understand and repeat instructions on when and how often to take medication
  • explain why you do or do not want to see a doctor.


  • Talking about the weather – tomorrow’s weather will be even better and the weather here is awful
  • Dining – dining out and eating in a cafeteria
  • The modal verb 会 (huì)
  • The verb来 (lái)
  • The adverb 又 (yòu); 多/少 (duō / shǎo) + v.; 还 (hái)
  • The preposition对 (duì)
  • 刚 (gāng) vs 刚才 (gāngcái), adj. + 一点儿 (yì diǎnr)
  • 了(le) as a sentence-final particle
  • Comparative sentences with比 (bǐ)
  • Resultative complements, 好 (hǎo) as a resultative complement
  • Reduplication of adjectives
  • Adj / v + 是 (shì) + adj / v.+ 可是/但是… (kěshì/dànshì…)
  • 一 …也/都…不/没… (yì...yě / dōu ... bù / méi).
  • Asking for and giving directions
  • Birthday parties – let’s go to a party, attending a birthday party
  • Seeing a doctor – my stomach ache is killing me, allergies etc.
  • The dynamic particle过 (guo)
  • The adverb还 (hái)
  • Direction and location words
  • 刚 (gāng) vs 刚才 (gāngcái), adj. + 一点儿 (yì diǎnr)
  • 那么 (nàme) indicating degree, 起来 (qǐ lái) indicating the beginning of an action, 把 (bǎ) construction, 死 (sǐ) indicating an extreme degree
  • Verbal phrases and subject-predicate phrases used as attributives
  • Time duration, times of actions, indicating an action in progress
  • Reduplication of verbs
  • 到 (dào) + place + 去 (qù) + action; sentences with 是…的 (shì...de)
  • Adj / v + 是 (shì) + adj / v.+ 可是/但是… (kěshì/dànshì…)
  • Comparative sentences with没(有) (méi{yǒu})
  • 一…就… (yī...jiù...), 越来越… (yuè lái yuè...); 再说 (zàishuō), 又…又… (yòu…yòu…)

Intended audience

Suitable for A2 level participants who have completed Chinese Mandarin 102 or 1022, or who have completed 80 hours of recent tuition.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed text

Both simplified and traditional character versions of the textbook and the two workbooks are available, however the simplified version will be taught in the classroom. You can also opt for the electronic version of materials.

While the textbook is required, the workbook and character workbook are optional.

All textbooks are available in 3rd and 4th editions. If you already own a 3rd edition copy, you’re welcome to use it. If not, please purchase the 4th edition.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to five days prior to commencement.

Suggested textbook supplier


Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


  • $100 repeat class ($200 for intensive classes) - Conditions apply
  • Small class size
  • Central location

Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

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