Chinese (Mandarin) – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London

Would you like to learn Chinese (Mandarin) in London? Join one of our part-time Chinese courses at our central London Regent Street Campus – just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

Our beginner Chinese courses start in October and January. If you already have some knowledge of Chinese you can also join part 3 of the Beginner Chinese course.

We also have elementary Chinese classes starting in October each year.

Who is this class for?

Chinese Beginner is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Chinese.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Chinese for about 20 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Chinese for about 40 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • part 1 for £267 (£297 after 31 July)*
  • parts 1,2 and 3 together for £550 (£607 after 31 July)*

To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing three parts together equates to one single transaction, therefore we do not accept cancellation requests for Parts 2 and 3 individually. Cancellation requests must be made more than 16 days before the start of Part 1.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 15 September 2019 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out!

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
23 September 2019 Part 1 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
13 January 2020 Part 2 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon
20 April 2020 Part 3 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 8 weeks** £297 (£267*) Coming soon

**No classes on Monday 25 May 2020 (bank holiday).  

Course content

Our Chinese lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • greeting each other
  • expressing concern about someone's health conditions
  • talking about each other's work status
  • introducing yourself (first and last names)
  • expressing personal feelings

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the Chinese phonetic system (Chinese initials, finals, and tones) b. p. a. o
  • numbers 0–100 一,二, 三
  • yes/no question sentence  你是老师吗?
  • specific question sentence  今天几号?
  • use of adjective verbs      忙 累
  • recognizing Chinese characters  好 妈

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • helping people to get to know each other
  • talking about someone's whereabouts
  • asking about each other's birthdays
  • describing someone's daily routine
  • introducing one's family members and talking about their work status

Grammar

You will learn:

  • sentence structure - someone + time/place + do 我晚上看电视。
  • usage of particle word '吧' to make a suggestion 我们去吧。
  • usage of measure words  '个' 两个老师
  • recognizing Chinese characters and expressions 生日 职员

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • expressing time and describing activities at particular time points
  • introducing someone's home or living address
  • talking about knowing or not knowing someone's home
  • asking about the way and showing the direction

Grammar

You will learn:

  • learning how to use '点' '分' '刻' '半' and '差' to express time 八点半
  • how to give a full living or home address in Chinese 海淀区学院路20号
  • usage of '离' '近' and '远' to indicate the distance between two places or regions 远不远
  • recognizing  Chinese characters 欢迎 认识

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

Learning resources

We will use Conversational Chinese 301 Vol 1 (3rd Edition) throughout the course, which is published by Beijing Language and Culture University Press. You can find this book either on that university’s website or some other ones, for example: Amazon.

Please can you have the coursebook ready before the first session.

Who is this class for?

This level of Chinese is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Chinese language for approximately one year or 60 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Chinese for about 80 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Chinese for about 100 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • part 1 for £267 (£297 after 31 July)*
  • parts 1,2 and 3 together for £550 (£607 after 31 July)*

To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing three parts together equates to one single transaction, therefore we do not accept cancellation requests for Parts 2 and 3 individually. Cancellation requests must be made more than 16 days before the start of Part 1.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 15 September 2019 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out!

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
25 September 2019 Part 1 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
15 January 2020 Part 2 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon
22 April 2020 Part 3 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 8 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon

Course content

Our Chinese lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • Chinese money
  • shopping (asking and giving price, commenting on price and goods)
  • exchanging currencies
  • asking for bus routes
  • buying tickets
  • changing buses

Grammar

You will learn:

  • special question words  “多少”  多少钱
  • measure words “斤” 两斤
  • duplications of verbs 尝尝 听听
  • denoting 'to the highest degree' with “极了”  冷极了
  • sentences with a subject-predicate construction as its predicate 星期天人太多。
  • modal verbs 会 可以
  • recognizing Chinese characters  苹果 票

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • making phone calls
  • asking for help
  • choosing from different types of goods
  • traditional Chinese arts (Beijing opera, acrobatics)
  • famous local dishes
  • making appointments
  • weather

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the complement of result 听懂 吃完
  • the preposition "给" 给大卫
  • to express a past experience with the particle "过" 去过 看过
  • sentences without a subject  有朋友来看我。
  • the expression “还没 …. 呢” 还没见过呢。
  • the direction of complement   出去  进来
  • recognizing Chinese characters 京剧 划船

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • airport information
  • different means of transport
  • business greetings
  • business entertainments
  • inviting guests
  • toasting for something
  • expressing praise

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the expression 要…. 了 to indicate something is about to happen 飞机要起飞了。
  • the expression 是…. 的 for emphasis 是她告诉我的。
  • the usage of “从” 从东京来的飞机
  • the complement of frequency “第一次”  第一次来中国
  • a verb, verb phrase or subject-predicate phrase as an attributive 我们经理给您的。。。
  • the complement of degree  过的很愉快
  • Recognizing Chinese characters 翻译 友谊

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

Learning resources

We will use Conversational Chinese 301 Vol 1(3rd Edition) throughout the course, which is published by Beijing Language and Culture University Press. You can find this book either on that university’s website or some other ones, for example: Amazon.

Please can you have the coursebook ready before the first session.

Who is this class for?

You should have a good basic knowledge of the Chinese language and its grammar.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Chinese language for approximately two years or 120 hours or equivalent.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Chinese for about 140 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Chinese for about 160 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • part 1 for £267 (£297 after 31 July)*
  • parts 1,2 and 3 together for £550 (£607 after 31 July)*

To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing three parts together equates to one single transaction, therefore we do not accept cancellation requests for Parts 2 and 3 individually. Cancellation requests must be made more than 16 days before the start of Part 1.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 15 September 2019 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out!

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
25 September 2019 Part 1 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
15 January 2020 Part 2 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon
22 April 2020 Part 3 Wednesdays 6.30–8.30pm 8 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon

Course content

Our Chinese lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • making a phone call
  • giving invitations
  • accepting and declining an invitation
  • apology and regret
  • praise and admiration
  • expressing congratulations
  • persuading people

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the progressive aspect of an action
  • adverb 'jiu' and 'cai' (“就”and“才”)
  • the aspect particle 'le' (“了”)
  • the affirmative-negative interrogative sentences with 'shi bushi' (“是不是”)
  • expression of both ...and, 'you...you' (“又…又…”), and if ...then, 'yaoshi...jiu' (“要是…就…”)
  • the use of 'kai' (“开”) and 'xia' (“下”) as complements of result
  • the use of a little bit, 'you dian-er' (“有点儿”) as adverbial adjunct

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • making comparisons
  • Chinese New Year
  • sports and hobbies
  • talking about weather
  • talking about health
  • discussing present, past, and future events
  • travel

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the use of 'bi'(“比”), and 'you/meiyou' (“有”/“没有”) for comparison
  • the sentence expressing existence, appearance or disappearance
  • the use of 'duo' (“多”) to indicate an approximate number
  • the interrogative quesion with 'ba' (“吧”)
  • the expression of besides, 'chule...yiwai' (“除了…以外”)
  • the rhetoric question with 'bushi ma' (不是吗”)
  • the duration of an action

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • consulting a doctor and describing feelings
  • hospital visit
  • farewell and leaving party
  • shipment
  • at the airport

Grammar

You will learn:

  • reduplication of adjectives and the structural particle 'di' (“地”)
  • disposal sentence with 'ba' (“把”)
  • the expression of no sooner than, 'yi...jiu' (“一…就…”)
  • the passive sentence with 'bei' (“被”)
  • the conjunctions although and but, 'suiran...danshi' (“虽然...但是”), and not only, but also, 'budan...erqie' (“不但...而且”)
  • the expression of some and others, 'youde...youde' (“有的...有的”)
  • the use of 'buru' (“不如”) for comparison

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

Learning resources

We will use Conversational Chinese 301 Vol 2 throughout the course. Please wait until the first session before buying your course book. We will also use the tutor’s own material.

Contact us

Short Course Team

E: [email protected]

T: +44(0)20 3506 9900

Evening Language Programme information evening

Come along to our information evening on 5 September 2019 to talk to our tutors and sign up for your language class.

Read more and register for the information evening

Course dates 2019–20

September intake
Part 1: 23 September – 6 December 2019
Part 2: 13 January – 27 March 2020
Part 3: 20 April – 12 June 2020*
Part 3: 20 April – 19 June 2020**

*For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
** For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 2020).

January intake
Part 1: 13 January – 3 April 2020
Part 2: 20 April – 12 June 2020
Part 3: 15 June – 17 July 2020*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week.