Already there are over a billion people who speak Mandarin. A growing force on the international stage, Mandarin will be the most influential language in the 21st century.
Group Mandarin Courses in Toronto
Hansa offers three levels of group Mandarin classes. These eight-week programs are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Books and materials are included in the course fee. Payment and registration must be received before the registration deadline.
January 24th - March 16th
Registration deadline: January 13th
April 18th - June 8th
Registration deadline: April 7th
July 11th - August 31st
Registration deadline: June 30th
October 3rd - November 23th
Registration deadline: September 22nd
Students are not expected to have any prior knowledge of Mandarin when they begin this course. Hansa's Level 1 Mandarin course covers the first eight units of Chinese for Beginners, by Yi Ren and Xiayuan Liang, which is included in the course fee. At this level, you will learn Pinyin, a writing system that uses the Roman letters you are already familiar with and shows you the correct intonation for each sound, and you will also begin to learn Chinese characters. You will learn to distinguish the four tones, structure sentences correctly, greet people and introduce yourself, express apologies and reasons, count, say the time, name months and days, and describe the weather. You will also master key verbs and idioms.
The Level 2 Mandarin course reviews everything covered in Hansa's Level 1 course and goes on to finish the second half of Chinese for Beginners. You will learn to make phone calls and ask for directions. You will also practise having conversations in a variety of settings: on a trip, in a bank, in a store, etc. We will work to improve your pronunciation and give you more extensive knowledge of Chinese culture.
In Level 3, you will increase your range of grammatical structures and vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions. You will practise making questions and statements and increase your fluency and confidence in daily situations. Grammar topics include comparison, partitives, conjunctions, and passive voice. You will learn a variety of sentence structures in order to speak more naturally, and you will continue to deepen your knowledge of Chinese culture.
Please note: material will be covered at the pace of the class; some of the above topics may not be covered, as the course will be geared towards the needs of the class as a whole. Some of the curriculum may be modified at the instructor's discretion.
Comments from former students:
"The teacher is very knowledgeable and charismatic"
"The teacher was great and I learned a lot from her"
"It was a great atmosphere. The teacher made it very comfortable"
"The teacher made it easier than it had seemed"
Private Mandarin Language Programs:
Please note: All Mandarin lessons are held at the 2160 Yonge Street campus. For private classes held off campus, within Toronto, an additional 35% surcharge will be added to the course fee.