The Mandarin Part-Time Course runs twice a week, in the evenings for a total of six weeks. Lessons take place on either a Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Depending on your goal in the language, you may choose to continue with a second or third Part-Time course. Our Part-Time courses generally run every 6 weeks, so all you should do is book your course or get in touch so that we may arrange it for you. The lessons take place at our language school in Cape Town.
- Monday & Wednesday or
- Tuesday & Thursday
- 17h30 to 19h00
- Maximum 8 students
- 6-week duration
- 18-hour course
Please note the information below are topics that are covered in the beginner’s level. As you progress through the various levels, the amount of knowledge you hold of the language will also increase:
- Greetings: name, age, job, nationality
- Numbers: 1-100 – spelling, pronunciation and drilling
- Alphabet: Names of letters
- Letter sounds: phonetics, vowel and consonant sounds. Combination sounds (digraphs)
- Days and Months: recite, write, drill
- The weather: What’s the weather like today?
- Classroom items: This/that, these/those – pen, pencil, table, chairs, whiteboard etc.
- Like/dislike: introduce activities – swimming, dancing, shopping, playing sports, watching TV, reading, running, cooking
- Restaurant conversation: Food and Beverage vocabulary – “Can I have…?” Restaurant role play.
- Telling the time: the hour, quarter past/after, half past (thirty), appointments, morning, afternoon, evening
- Action Verbs: can & can’t walk, eat, jump, run, sleep, play, talk, learn, fly, make, do, go
- Adjectives: big, small, tall, happy, sad, thin, beautiful, clever, friendly
- Present tense: routine vocabulary and truths/facts
- Past tense: basic introduction to tense and regular action verbs
If the Mandarin Part-Time course is not suitable for you, there are several other course options available. Please take a look at the following options:
- Mandarin Crash Course
- Mandarin Full-Time Course
- Mandarin Private Lessons
Whichever course option works for you, we are here to help you reach your goal in the language.
About the Lessons:
We will provide you the course material in the first lesson. This usually consists of a book and CD, and you will need to bring your own notebook and pens to class. We focus on developing all four language skills in the lessons; Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and strive to make our lessons interactive. At the end of your course, you will have to write an examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, you will be awarded a certificate. Our pass mark is set to 70%, so you must make sure that you study hard!
Part-Time courses are best suited to those who have commitments during the day, who don’t mind giving up two evenings a week to learn a language.