Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 104: Intensive

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

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 103: Intensive. It covers lessons 16 to 20 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 1041: Standard followed by Chinese Mandarin 1042: Standard.


The aims of this course are to:

  • introduce 150 vocabulary items
  • cover topics such as dating, renting an apartment, sports, travel and airports
  • enhance your confidence in communicating in Chinese
  • deepen your understanding of Chinese culture and society.


  • Dating – seeing a movie and turning down an invitation
  • Renting an apartment – finding a better place and calling to enquire about an apartment for rent
  • Sports – my gut keeps getting bigger and bigger and watching American football
  • Travel – travelling to Beijing and planning an itinerary
  • At the airport – checking in at the airport and arriving in Beijing
  • The adverb 就 (jiù)
  • The particle 着 (zhe)
  • Kinship terms, numbers over one thousand
  • 的 (de), 得 (de), 地 (de) compared, …的时候 (…de shíhòu) and …以后 (…yǐhòu) compared
  • 多 (duō) indicating an approximate number
  • 好 / 难 (hǎo / nán) + verb, 不得了 (bù déliǎo, extremely)
  • 下去 (xià qù) indicating, 还 (hái) + positive adjective
  • 被 / 叫 / 让 (bèi / jiào / ràng) in passive-voice sentences
  • Question pronouns with都 / 也 (dōu / yě)
  • Verb + 了 (le) + numeral + measure word + noun +了 (le)
  • Duration of non-action, continuation, duration of actions
  • Question pronouns as indefinite references (whoever, whatever, etc.)
  • Comparative sentences with 比 (bǐ)
  • Continuously descriptive complements, potential complements, directional complements, potential complements with verb + 不下 (bù xià)
  • 连…都 / 也 (lián…dōu / yě)

Intended audience

Suitable for A2 level participants who have completed Chinese Mandarin 103 or 1032, or who have completed 120 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.

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.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

Chinese Mandarin Course 104: Intensive

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