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Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Skills Centre as a member of the public or University staff

Find out about our courses and how to enrol on the right one for you.

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Develop your language and intercultural skills

We offer two levels in Mandarin Chinese, beginner and lower intermediate.

If you have studied Mandarin Chinese before you can try this quick placement test to find out which class would suit your level best. You will need your university login details to take this test. If you are a member of the public who does not have a University login yet, please contact us.

Complete Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have not studied Mandarin Chinese before or those who know some basic phrases.

At the end of this course you will have:

  • a general understanding of the Chinese language and Chinese culture
  • learned to read pinyin
  • learned to write some simple Chinese characters by hand
  • learned to type Chinese characters using the pinyin input method
  • learned to say dates and days of the week
  • learned to introduce yourself and talk about your family, friends and pets etc

If you have studied Mandarin Chinese before you can try this quick placement test to find out which class would suit your level best. You will need your university login details to take this test.

Lower Intermediate Part 1

Enrol on this course if you have completed the post beginner level with us and/or achieved HSK 1 and can read and write at least 50 simple Chinese characters, or if you:

  • have some knowledge of the culture of the places where Mandarin Chinese is spoken
  • can read and write pinyin with ease
  • can introduce yourself and your family, including saying your nationalities, ages, birthdays, hobbies, etc.
  • can order food and drinks in a restaurant
  • can talk about and compare weather in different places
  • know the names of different means of transport

Enrolment

The Autumn Term will start on 10 October 2022 and enrolments will be open for members the of public and staff on 12 September. To enrol, you should select from the appropriate link below:

I enjoyed my lessons with the Skills Centre at the University of Bath, where students, staff, and the general public can register and learn a new language through engaging lessons and taking part in discussions which pushes you out of your comfort zone and speeds up your learning. (Kamile Bagdanaviciute)

Kamile Bagdanaviciute, Marketing Officer in the School of Management, shares her experience of learning Mandarin Chinese with the Skills Centre - read Kamile's case study here.

Enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact us.