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Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Skills Centre if you are a University of Bath student

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

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Course Levels

We offer beginner, lower Intermediate and intermediate levels.

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.

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

Post Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have completed the Complete Beginner course with Foreign Languages and/or can:

  • understand the basics of pinyin
  • greet people
  • talk about themselves (age, nationality, occupation)
  • count to 100 and beyond
  • express likes and dislikes
  • talk about basic personal states (e.g. busy, tired, thirsty and hungry)

If you are a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and wish to sit in the class please contact the course tutor. You can also become a PAL Leader for our Peer Assisted Learning programme.

Lower Intermediate Part 2

Enrol on this course if you have some previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese (completed the Lower Intermediate part 1 with Foreign Languages and/or achieved HSK 1; can read and write at least 50 simple Chinese characters) and/or can:

  • introduce yourself in detail
  • ask and give directions
  • talk about the price of things
  • ask about opening times
  • talk about illnesses and treatment

If you are a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and wish to sit in the class please contact the course tutor. You can also become a PAL Leader for our Peer Assisted Learning programme.

Intermediate Part 2

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Intermediate Part 1 level with FL and/or have achieved HSK 2 and can read and write at least 150 Chinese characters

Or if you can:

  • engage in a telephone conversation and know how to leave or take a telephone message
  • can describe people and objects in detail
  • can shop for clothes and shoes
  • can write short texts in Chinese characters related to common topic areas
  • can understand straightforward written resources on familiar matters

Enrolment

Enrolment for the Semester 2 2021/22 courses is now closed.

Enrolment for the Semester 1 2022/23 courses will open in September 2022.

Student experience

Recent graduate Michal Nalepa has shared his experience of learning Mandarin Chinese alongside his BEng course and how this prepared him for a two-month internship in Shanghai:

Enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact us.