General Mandarin

If you are planning a holiday, doing business in China, or satisfying a personal interest, then this programme is for you.

Traditional elements of Chinese learning including: Pinyin (romanised system for the transcription of Chinese characters) for spoken Mandarin, recognising and reading Chinese characters, and writing Chinese characters. All of the language learning contents include some elements of Chinese history, culture, etiquettes, food and drinks.

These courses are suitable for all levels.

LengthFrom 3 months
Proficiency LevelsBeginners, Intermediate, or Advanced
ClassOne-to-one, Small group or Corporate
Start DateAny time
Lesson Structure1.5 hours per session, 1-2 sessions per week
LocationOur office or yours
What is your goal?Exam Certificates

This programme covers all elements of our Beginners, Intermediate, or Advanced language levels (depending on your starting point), and the full contents of our Intercultural Workshops.

For the language segment, the programme takes you through a Language Overview to understand Chinese language formation, sound make-up and written language. Following the overview, you will learn some essential words and phrases such as:

  • ordering food and taxis
  • numerals for money
  • date and time
  • emergencies
  • the essential art of shopping and bargaining in China.

For the Chinese culture segment, you will learn about:

  • China's 5000 year-long history, including major events that affected and shaped the culture to its contemporary political, social and economic environment
  • Core values and beliefs in China: why do Chinese people behave in the way that they do?
  • What is public and what is private? Who are insiders and who are outsiders?
  • Religious beliefs and philosophers
  • Status and hierarchy in society
  • Etiquette
  • Which numbers and colours are lucky? Why?
  • Chinese names
  • Communication style - verbal and body language
  • Sensitive conversation topics to avoid that may embarrass or make people feel uncomfortable
  • Customs for births, weddings, deaths and other special occasions
  • Traditions and Celebrations. When shouldn't you travel in China?