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Mandarin Chinese 1


After this training you have learned enough basic Mandarin Chinese to order in a restaurant, to ask directions and have a friendly conversation with acquaintances. Afterwards there is a possibility to register for the HSK exams, organised by the Confucius Institute in Groningen and Leiden. The HSK exam is an international test that measures the level of knowledge of the Chinese language.


The practicing of skills is embedded in relevant everyday situations and events with focus on issues like housing, study, travel and work in China.

The extension of communicative competences is the central learning objective of this course. Learning from and with each other is essential. Pair and group work therefore play a central role. Each lesson includes a variety of practical learning activities.

·        Getting acquainted
·        Asking directions
·        Ordering a meal
·        Go shopping
·        What time is it?


This training is set up as a course of twelve lessons given by a professional language teacher. Attendance at every lesson is essential. The course consists of 24 contact hours, with one session per week, each session lasting two hours. Homework is expected to take approximately two hours per lesson. 

Course overview

  • Course code


  • Programme is for

    This course is intended for people with no previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, who for example are intending to spend time in China, or who are working with or teaching Chinese people. This course facilitates your relations with Chinese people, prepare your stay in China or is just for fun and because it’s interesting.

  • ECTS

    The study load for this course is roughly equivalent to 1.5 ECTS.

  • Date

    Check the available course dates on the page below  

  • Time

    Check the available time slots on the page below  

  • Location

    This course is an online course, we will be using MS Teams, therefore a webcam and headphones are required.

  • Course fee

    UT bachelor and master’s students: €200, payable at registration.
    UT-employees: €300
    Faculty departments pay an annual fee, so you do not pay yourself. You need permission from your head of department, and an OFI number.
    Service departments will be charged with the course price, so you do not pay yourself. You need permission from your head of department, and an OFI number. 
    Partners of UT-employees: €300
    Non-UT participants: €390
    Partners and non-UT-participants can use internet payment to pay the course fee.

  • Maximum participants

    Minimum 8 and maximum 15 participants

  • Trainers

    Qualified teacher of Mandarin Chinese.

  • Course materials

    Course materials will be provided by the UT Language Centre.

  • Requirements

    Open Entry.

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Mandarin Chinese 1
September 2021
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