- Global significance
- Mandarin has more native speakers than any other language – nearly one billion people. China is the world’s second-largest economy and Australia’s most important trading partner.
- Our courses
- We aim to help students at all levels reach their Chinese language goals. Beginner courses start with basic spoken phrases for daily communication, while intermediate and advanced courses cover listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our students are all ages – from those in their late teens to those in their late seventies. We also offer after-school classes for children.
- Simple grammar
- In many ways Chinese grammar is much easier to learn than English grammar. There are no tenses, plurals, articles or conjugations.
- Small vocabulary
- There are far fewer words in common use in Chinese than in English. Knowing about 3000 Chinese characters will enable you to read most newspapers and books.
- Do I have to learn to write?
- Not necessarily. Beginners use an alphabetised system called pinyin to learn to speak. As students progress they learn to read, and eventually to write characters. As pinyin can be used on the digital keyboards of smartphones and computers to write in characters, the ability to handwrite characters is not as necessary as it once was.
Adult classes run once a week at our UWA Claremont campus during school terms. Evening lessons are available at all levels, with some morning classes also on offer. We provide private tuition on request. After-school classes for children aged six to 12 also run weekly.Read more…
Learning a language requires practice, practice, and yet more practice. We run a free conversation session in Claremont each week where learners can chat to native speakers and meet others studying the language. We also hold a free Tai Chi class at Claremont Park every Saturday morning.Read more…
The Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) Chinese Proficiency Competition is an annual worldwide Chinese speaking and performance competition. There are separate competitions for secondary school students and university students.Read more…
The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) test is China’s official language proficiency exam. HSK results are internationally recognised as proof of Chinese language proficiency. The Youth Chinese Test, known as the YCT, was developed as a way to encourage non-Chinese speaking primary and secondary school students to learn Chinese.Read more…