Mandarin for Beginners

Are you interested in finding out more about Chinese culture? Do you enjoy holidaying in China or Mandarin-speaking countries, and want to learn the language? Do you have family or friends who live there? This course is perfect if you have little or no previous knowledge of the language.

 

By the end of the course, you will be able to communicate with sympathetic native speakers, ask for and understand information using basic phrases and be able to express opinions in a variety of everyday tourist situations.

 

You will have the opportunity to develop your conversational and listening skills around a theme each week, e.g. food, travel, restaurants, and cafés, as well as a little time spent on reading, and writing skills in Mandarin.

2nd October 2024 : Mandarin for Beginners

Start Date : Wed 2nd Oct 2024
Time : 18:00 - 20:00
Location : Cirencester College
Duration : 10 weeks
Spaces : 10
Code : 10/24_BMA_10W_YW
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What topics are covered?

You will work on lots of the below:  (with options to continue onto a further term to learn more)

Greetings,

Titles and introductions

Numbers

Talking about family and personal possessions

Asking for and giving directions

Making enquiries about places and things

Booking hotel accommodation

Ordering a snack and a drink

Ordering a meal in a restaurant

Shopping (quantities and prices)

Hobbies

Describing an illness

Saying how you are feeling and describing symptoms

Buying tickets

Describing people and what they look like

Describing a property

Expressing your opinion and making comparisons

Talking about holiday plans and the weather and many others

How will I learn?

As communication is the main objective of this course, students work in pairs or groups to practise speaking and listening. Recorded material, such as CDs and authentic listening texts/videos will also be regularly used to improve listening skills.

We will spend a little time learning about written Mandarin. Mandarin will be the medium of instruction as far as possible.  There is no formal testing, but homework may be given each week.

What do I need to bring?

Notepad/paper and a pen.

You are of course welcome to bring bottled water or filled travel mugs with you should you wish.

What else do I need to know?

For beginners – No prior knowledge of the language is assumed. This course is suitable for students who have never studied Mandarin before.

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