Learn Mandarin

The Confucius Institute at UWA (UWA CI) offers a wide range of quality language classes delivered by qualified teachers. We can help you to extend your horizons by improving your Chinese proficiency and deepening your cultural awareness.

General Mandarin classes

Our General Mandarin Classes, catering for all language levels from entry to advanced extension, develop language skills and cultural literacy.

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Small Discovery Groups

Our Small Discovery Groups allow 3-5 students to focus on specific aspects of language learning and allows for more flexibility for your learning.

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The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) and YCT (Youth Chinese Test) are China's official language proficiency exams.

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Business Mandarin Classes

We offer tailored corporate language classes upon request. UWA CI now also offers Business Mandarin as a UWA micro credential short course.

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Private Tuition

UWA CI offers private Mandarin lessons. Click below to view tuition fees and book.

Free Chinese Conversation Corner

We run free conversation sessions at Claremont Library where learners can chat to native speakers and meet others studying the language.

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Why learn Mandarin?

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 Mandarin 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.
Simple grammar
In many ways Mandarin 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 Mandarin 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.