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.
Mandarin Level 1
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.
Mandarin Level 2
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.
Mandarin Level 3
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.
Payment and registration must be received before the registration deadline. Books and materials are included within the course tuition.
Group Mandarin Courses in Toronto
The eight-week program is held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at our 2160 Yonge Street location.
In-person classes (8 weeks)
Tuesday, March 29th until Thursday, May 19th Registration deadline: March 16th
Tuesday, June 7th until Thursday, July 28th Registration deadline: May 27th
Tuesday, August 16th until Thursday, October 6th Registration deadline: August 5th
Tuesday, October 25th until Thursday, December 15th Registration deadline: October 14th
Group Mandarin Courses Online
These eleven-week programs are held on Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Online classes (11 weeks)
Saturday, January 29th until Saturday, April 9th Registration deadline: January 21st
Saturday, April 23rd until Saturday, July 2nd Registration deadline: April 15th
Saturday, July 16th until Saturday, September 24th Registration deadline: July 8th
Saturday, October 8th until Saturday, December 17th Registration deadline: September 30th
Private Mandarin Language Programs:
Please note: An additional 35% surcharge will be added to the course fee for private classes held off-campus within Toronto.