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Part-Time Essential Chinese for Beginners

Course Description

Want to learn Chinese but don’t know where to start?  This course is specifically designed for beginners to learn the most essential Chinese quickly and effectively.  We focus on Chinese usable in everyday life, and our teaching methods will help you build a strong foundation for mastering the Chinese language.  We have developed a unique curriculum to teach beginners the four building blocks of language – to understand, speak, read, and write.

Note: Student visa supports is NOT inluded for this short term and part-time courses.If you need student visa supports, please go to [Semester Chinese Study]

What will I learn?

This course covers the most practical and essential Chinese language skills usable in daily life (e.g., greetings, outings with friends, likes and dislikes, travel and transportation, etc.).  You will learn to converse and communicate with commonly used vocabulary and expressions.  Specific skills include verbal pronunciation, reading pinyin and Chinese Hanzi words, and conversational phrasing structures and sentence patterns. 

After 48 lessons, you will be able to express yourself (speaking, reading, and writing) in most daily situations using around 300 Chinese words.  On average, after taking this class, our students are able to pass HSK level 1 well.

See <levels tab> for a more detailed description of the different levels.


How will I learn?

We use a multi-dimensional teaching method to deliver our custom-designed course, which is focused on placing you in real-life situations in China.  Our fully certified and experienced teachers prepare customized lessons, combining each of the following to deliver fun, interesting, and effective lessons: 

  • Custom-developed course books
  • High level of classroom interaction (e.g., role play, conversations)
  • Full immersion in Chinese environment (e.g., field trips to a market to bargain, restaurant to order food, subway to discuss transportation)
  • Classroom materials and props
  • Flash cards and games to aid memorization, learning sentence structure, etc.
  • Practical language application and practice (e.g., communication via WeChat)


New Essential Chinese course Start Dates   12 weeks to complete

New group of Essential (Beginner) Chinese Courses in Shanghai start on the first week of each month. Schedule options include:

-Evening Group Chinese Class:7-8:30PM on Mon.& Wed. / Tue. & Thur.       

-Weekend Group Chinese Classes: 2-3:30 PM, 15-minute break and then 3:45-5:15PM on Sunday or Saturday

1, You may join the current group of your level from any Monday

2, New Group starts on the first week of each Month (Click here to check  for specific dates), it may move to a later week once there are holidays


Packages & Pricing

 Registration  200rmb
 Tuition  3840 RMB / 640USD (4 lessons per week,12 weeks in total)
 Books and Materials


 1, Road to Success Chinese A Series of Progressive Chinese Text Book for Foreigners
 Book 1 Lower Elementary:  ISBN: 9787561921623 by Beijing Language and Culture University Press, BLCUP
 2, Complementary Pronunciation Materials, Flashcards & hand-outs developed by SN Mandarin
 3, Wechat/App Learning Resource Newsletter on the phone


Click the level chart below to check our detailed level description.

chinese level system 

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