Beginner (lower): 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 written Chinese.

Beginner (upper): 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.