Chinese (Mandarin)

Whether you want to speak Chinese for business or personal reasons, our beginning to advanced classes are a great way to learn Chinese.
Beginning classes focus on speaking Chinese but include an introduction to reading and writing Chinese. Lessons include how to:

  • Identify and use the correct Chinese tones in pronunciation
  • Engage in simple conversations
  • Ask and respond to simple questions
  • Write a selection of basic Chinese characters
  • Read simple written phrases
  • Begin to understand the differences between Chinese and Western culture

Higher level Chinese classes build on your existing skills to help you read, write, and speak Chinese with greater fluency. Lessons include how to:

  • Engage in higher-level conversations
  • Strengthen your Chinese vocabulary
  • Expand your skills in writing Chinese
  • Increase your ability to read Chinese
  • Deepen your understanding of contemporary Chinese culture

Classes meet once a week for 8-10 weeks. All instructors are native Chinese speakers with extensive teaching experience.

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Current Chinese (Mandarin) Classes

  • Chinese 1

    This course is for those who have not previously studied Mandarin Chinese. Students will be introduced to pronunciation, learn greetings and the use of practical, spoken Chinese. Required text: Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1, 3rd ed. (simplified) ISBN: 978-0-88727-638-5.... More about Chinese 1

  • Chinese 2

    If you have taken Chinese 1 or have been away from the language for a while but already know some grammar and vocabulary, this course is for you. You will develop basic skills in pronunciation, speaking, and comprehension as you... More about Chinese 2

  • Chinese 3

    For students who have taken two quarters of Chinese or the equivalent. You will have the opportunity to work on the concepts learned in previous levels, while continuing to learn principles of the Chinese language. Required text: Integrated Chinese, Level... More about Chinese 3

  • Chinese 4

    For students who have studied three quarters of Mandarin Chinese or the equivalent. Required text: Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1, 3rd ed. (simplified) ISBN: 978-0-88727-638-5. Check online for best prices, not available at BC bookstore More about Chinese 4

  • Chinese 5

    This course is for students who have completed the first four quarters of Chinese. The focus is on grammar and conversation. Required text: Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 2, 3rd ed. (simplified) ISBN: 978-0-88727-670-5. Check online for best prices, not... More about Chinese 5

  • Chinese 6

    This course is for students who have completed the first five levels of Chinese or the equivalent. The focus is on grammar and conversation. Required text: Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 2, 3rd ed. (simplified) ISBN: 978-0-88727-670-5. Check online for... More about Chinese 6

  • Chinese 7

    This course is for students who have completed the first six levels of Chinese or the equivalent. The focus is on grammar and conversation. Required text: Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 2, 3rd ed. (simplified) ISBN: 978-0-88727-670-5. Check online for... More about Chinese 7

  • China Club-Conversational Mandarin

    Immerse yourself in Mandarin and join other students in this advanced conversation class! Boost your pronunciation, listening comprehension and speaking skills. Recommended for high intermediate to advanced students who would like to brush up on their conversation skills. More about China Club-Conversational Mandarin

  • Mandarin for Travelers

    Preparing for a trip to China? This interactive class is the perfect choice for travelers to a Mandarin speaking country who would like to learn basic tourist Mandarin to enhance their travel experience. Bon voyage. Textbook: Essential Chinese: Speak Chinese... More about Mandarin for Travelers

  • Chinese Character Writing Continued

    Continue your study of written Chinese. In this class, students will practice reading and writing. Great way to improve your comprehension and vocabulary! Recommended for students who have some experience with Mandarin.Textbook: 250 essential Chinese Characters Volume 1, ISBN: 978-0-804-84035-4.... More about Chinese Character Writing Continued

  • Reading in Chinese

    Further your reading comprehension in this course designed for intermediate to advanced students. In this small class, your instructor will individualize instruction for students studying both Traditional and Simplified characters. More about Reading in Chinese