Mandarin (Y10-13)

2 Year Beginner course at GCSE / IB Ab-initio


If you were to learn a language from a textbook only, how would this differ from learning through interaction only? We will introduce how Chinese speaking people interact with each other in formal and informal settings, and interactions that people use which are not presented in textbooks. One of the biggest challenges to learning Chinese is to master the "tones" when speaking the language. Mandarin Chinese is a tone language which means that saying words with different tones (which are like pitches in music, but not as many) will change the meaning of the words.

Mandarin ab initio class is designed for students with little or no prior experience speaking or studying Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world and there are additional benefits of learning Mandarin.

Business - Business people who speak Mandarin have a huge advantage in tapping into the Chinese market. It is much easier to develop all-important relationships if you can speak Mandarin.

Travel - China and Taiwan offer exciting travel opportunities. Getting around is much easier if you can speak Mandarin.

Culture - With thousands of years of history, Chinese culture is endlessly fascinating. Whether your interests are in history, architecture, music, or cuisine, a knowledge of Mandarin will enrich your understanding of Chinese culture.

The Chinese writing system is quite a challenge but they are not randomly constructed. There is a system to their design, and understanding that system makes it much easier to learn new characters.

For more details on Higher Level Mandarin, please contact us.

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Year 10

Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Year 1 Individual and Society
Daily routines
Personal details, appearance and character
Food, Drink and Shopping
Food stores
Food names
Grocery shopping
Quantity, weight
Types of restaurants
Meals in a restaurant
Reservations, menus, orders
Diets, preferences
Special dishes
The media
Places, features of interest
Location, direction
Means of transport
Types of destination
Holiday inquiries
Current weather conditions
Seasons and seasonal events
Grammar Grammar and sentence patterns:
Adjectives reduplicated for emphasis
有点儿:somewhat, rather
是…的:emphasize the past action, time, place, etc.
只有…才…: only
Grammar and sentence patterns:
要,点 and 来 are used to order food in a restaurant
比:is used to compare two nouns
…完…以后:after finishing
Grammar and sentence patterns:
将:will, shall
太…了: too
被: is used to indicate passive voice
正在…呢:indicates continuation of an action
吧:a particle used to express a request, consultation or proposal

Grammar and sentence patterns:
有:is used for estimation
最好:had better
Year 2 Types of school
Personnel (teachers, students, other staff)
Facilities, classroom materials
Academic, extra-curricular activities
School calendar, dates, postsecondary education
Careers, professions
Part-time jobs, work experience
Future ambitions
Fitness and good health
Illness, injury, parts of the body
Medicines and prescriptions
Theft and loss
Public signs
Grammar and sentence patterns
Types of shops
Customer services
Purchases, payment
Public transportation
Bank, post office
E-mail, fax, Internet
Countries and continents
Geographical features
World issues
Exam preparation
Exam preparation and revision
Grammar Grammar and sentence patterns:
“个,只,,条,” and etc. are measure words for nouns
“次” and “趟” are measure words for action
“可能(会)”:possibly 一…就…:as soon as 行:be all right
Compare 要 and 想 要:want, need, should or will
想:think or want
不要:don’t :give, for the benefit of
The 把 structure emphasizes the receiver of the action
了 expresses a completed action, also indicates a change or new circumstance
Grammar and sentence patterns:
The expressions 等一等,等等 and 等一下 all imply a short and quick action, and express an attempt or trial
一…一…: indicates that two actions are happening at the same