Mandarin, commonly known as ‘Chinese’ , is the name for all Mandarin language variations, as opposed to other Chinese languages such as Cantonese and Zhuang. With over 850 million people with Mandarin as their mother tongue, it is the most spoken language in the world. The most common Mandarin dialect is known as Standard Mandarin, which is taught in schools and our courses will also teach you Standard Mandarin.

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Chinese (Mandarin) level 1

This course is meant for people who have no knowledge of the Mandarin language. You will acquire all the basic knowledge about Mandarin Chinese including the tones and the pronunciation system Pinyin, the grammar and the characters. You will learn 100 words and some simple sentences.

Students will need to carry out homework to support their studies and we recommend at least 1.5 hours homework per lesson.

Lesson materials: Conversational Chinese 301, ISBN 978-7-5619-1403-8

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Chinese (Mandarin) level 2

At Mandarin Chinese Level 2 we continue with the work in through the book Conversational Chinese 301. We will also use some listening and reading materials to train the students for their HSK (level I)  test.

Students will need to carry out homework to support their studies and we recommend at least 1.5 hours homework per lesson.

On completing this course you will have mastered 150 commonly-used words and basic grammar patterns. You will understand and use very simple Chinese phrases, and meet basic needs for communication. You will be able to pass the HSK (level I) test* and obtain a Chinese diploma.

Lesson materials: Conversational Chinese 301, ISBN 978-7-5619-1403-8

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* About the HSK (level I) Test

HSK (汉语水平考试) is the short term for the Chinese Proficiency Test. This test is an international standardised exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Standard Mandarin Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives.

The HSK test has six levels. The HSK level I only consists of listening and reading. The HSK level I is similar to the A1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF).

The HSK test takes place 10 times a year in Netherlands, organised by the Confucius Institute and Leiden University. The students who pass the test will obtain a diploma which is issued by Hanban (Chinese authoritative organisation) and recognised in China.