Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 1031: Standard

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses online and in-person. Please check the delivery format of each class before enrolling.

Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. 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.

Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course covers Integrated Chinese, Volume 2, Lessons 11 to 12, and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week. This course and Chinese Mandarin Course 1032: Standard is also available by completing Chinese Mandarin Course 103: Intensive.


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

  • discuss around 90 vocabulary items and recognise about 110 Chinese characters
  • employ basic terms for weather patterns and phenomena
  • describe simple weather changes and compare two days' weather
  • compare the weather of two cities
  • talk about what you might do in good or bad weather
  • present a simple weather forecast
  • ask 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
  • pay for your meal in Chinese and get the correct change after payment
  • ask for and give directions
  • identify locations by using landmarks as references.


  • 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)
  • …没有…adjective
  • …在…旁边
  • 到…去…denotes the purpose of going somewhere

Intended audience

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

Delivery style

Delivered in the form of an interactive workshop 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.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

What others say.

  • This well-paced course, reinforced by our patient and supportive teacher, made learning fun and enjoyable.

  • Teacher was absolutely brilliant with a sense of humour and was genuinely interested in the students.

Chinese Mandarin Course 1031: Standard

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What others say.

  • Fantastic teachers and interactive classes make learning Chinese engaging, fun and relevant to everyday use.
  • Teacher was absolutely brilliant with a sense of humour and was genuinely interested in the students.
  • I enjoyed this course immensely! Our teacher was absolutely fantastic, very helpful and entertaining, and I learned a lot. I actually really liked the online delivery, because it made the classes very accessible, and didn't impact the way I learned at all. Thank you very much!
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