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The most spoken language in the world, spoken by a whopping 1.3 billion people, Chinese is a powerhouse of a language. As well as being one of the world’s oldest languages, Chinese offers a unique insight into a corner of the world so rich in history, it might just blow your mind.
As Mandarin is an Asian (category 5) language, our levels work a little differently, here’s a few milestones you can expect to reach on our Mandarin course:
With A1 it is all about radicals, Pinyin and tones. These 3 aspects of Mandarin will be your building blocks for discovering, understanding and ultimately using Chinese characters. In A1 you will learn how to introduce yourself, answer simple questions and recognise simple characters used most often in Mandarin speech. At A2 we develop our knowledge of characters, combining them together to build our vocabulary. At this level we learn how characters react to each other in a sentence, and discover how to build and use the past tense.
With a B1 level of Mandarin you will have learned how to talk about the world around you, your daily life and recall events that happened in the past. You will be able to have a structured conversation, and be able to recognise a long list of characters. It is at this level when you will also build your character library.
At a B2 level you will learn how to give short presentations in Mandarin. You will be able to have discussions on varying topics and be able to follow the flow of a conversation, using your knowledge or Mandarin to support your ideas. Your written Mandarin will also be improved with you being able to spot, produce and understand a wide range of characters. At this level, sufficient self-study and practice is crucial to your development.
At the advanced levels of Mandarin, your use of the language will be vastly independent. You can write texts of various lengths discussing both abstract and concrete topics with almost no mistakes. Your comprehension of the language will happen with ease, although largely dependent on the dialect, namely standard Putonghua and dialects with which you are familiar.read more
Each course is developed around our very own material, written and designed by our teachers. You'll also receive full access to UPB Brain Training, so your learning can continue outside of the classroom.
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