The class for absolute beginners. This level encompasses all the basics
needed to begin to speak, read, write and understand Mandarin Chinese.
Firstly students have to grasp the basic pronunciation of the 4 tones,
understand the concept of ‘Pinyin’ and Chinese characters and learn the
first vocabulary needed for greetings and addressing others. The
beginner’s course covers the first 16 chapters of our curriculum and
aims to give students a solid grounding in the basics of spoken and
This level is aimed at students who have completed around 80 hours of
tuition, are able to hold a basic conversation and recognize many of
the most basic characters. Students will build on their foundation by
learning more advanced sentence structures, vocabulary relevant to
their daily life in China, useful Chinese grammar and more details
about writing Chinese characters.