Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 1031: Standard

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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.

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

This course covers Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 2, Lessons 11 to 12 and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week.


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

  • discuss around 70 vocabulary items and recognise about 90 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.


This course covers the following topics:

  • 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).

Intended audience

Suitable for A2 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 1022 or who have completed 80 hours of recent face-to-face 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, but recommended.

In addition to purchasing online, you may also be able to source textbooks from our preferred textbook suppliers.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to 5 days prior to commencement.

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Please note

Selected Language 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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  • Fantastic teachers and interactive classes make learning Chinese engaging, fun and relevant to everyday use.