Chinese (Mandarin) adult learning courses

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Do you want to speak to family and friends in another language? Perhaps you are going on holiday and want to be able to order in a restaurant? Or maybe you just fancy a new challenge?

Mandarin Chinese is spoken by 14% of the world's population and is the world's second business language after English, so what are you waiting for?

Unlock your earning potential, learn more about one of the world's oldest civilizations and challenge yourself to learn something new with one of our Mandarin Chinese courses today.

Our courses run over a period of weeks for a term three times a year from September to July plus short courses at the start of summer.

Enrolments open each term in March, July and November. If courses have already started you may still be able to join so please contact us.

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Course levels

We offer Mandarin Chinese for beginners and will respond to demand for higher levels as required. Your tutor will teach you practical language skills to help you handle real-life situations, and will ensure you are working at the right level for you.

There are six modules in the course, each one building on the last. You will cover topics such as:

  • greetings
  • giving personal information
  • ordering food and drink
  • numbers and prices

Mandarin Chinese courses

All of our language courses are mapped against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. For 2023 to 2024, we have changed how we name our courses to better reflect the CEFR levels and help learners understand where they are in their language learning journey.

Each course spans two to three years and is arranged into termly modules. If you are unsure which level is right for you, please refer to the table here or complete our online self-assessment form below.

Our course levelsCEFR LevelNumber of hours of prior
learning you should have
had to join the first module
of this level
Beginners (Modules 1 to 3)A1 Beginner0
Beginners (Modules 4 to 6)A1 Beginner50

Self assessment

Complete our languages self assessment form to help you to choose the right language level.

Self assessment form

Fees and discounts

We have a range of discounts and support with fees available, including money off your first course if you are a library member, a Surrey Heritage user, or over the age of 66.

Please note: Your tutor will also advise you of any required course books, which typically cost £15 to £30. They will also be able to recommend other optional resources that you may find useful for your learning.

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