Chinese (Mandarin) Beginner 1

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Location: Chelsea
226 W 26th St
(Btwn 7th & 8th Avenues)
New York, New York 10001
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Class Information

  • Class Level: Beginner
  • Age Requirements: 18 and older
  • Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this basic chinese mandarin class:

The course covers grammar, reading and writing practice as well as an insight into the culture of the region. Students will learn the basics of the language and be able to build up enough knowledge to read and write to a beginner plus level.

This course is for students who fit this description: "I have no knowledge or understanding of the language, or just a very basic knowledge, perhaps no more than a few key words and expressions. I have no real idea about the grammar, and I have a very limited vocabulary."

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Intro to Pinyin-Chinese phonetics system
  • Greetings in normal and polite ways
  • Introduce self, introduce others
  • Talking about oneself
  • Likes & dislikes
  • Taking a taxi
  • Asking about directions
  • Expressing time, days and counting numbers from 0-100
  • Shopping, asking about prices, sizes and colours
  • Buying tickets for travel; start with “qing wen 请问 ”
  • Talking about jobs, company and business etiquette.
  • Asking for help
  • Basic sentences with to be “shi 是 ”, to have “you 有 ” and to do “zuo 做 ”
  • Sentences with stative verb (hen, 我很好 )
  • Past, and the situation has changed with a functional marker “le”
  • Pronouns – subject “wo 我 ”, plural form 我 们,你们, 他 们possessive word “de 的 ”
  • Auxiliary words e.g. “xiang 想 ”
  • Word order in sentences (Chinese sentence orders, difference between English and Chinese)
  • Sentence forms – statement , question and negative
  • Measure words (e.g. a cup of tea = “yi bei cha” 一杯茶 )Particles with “ba 吧 ” “ma 吗 ”
Cultural Content
  • Various forms of Chinese
  • Lucky/unlucky numbers
  • Hand shaking
  • Business card
  • China tea
  • Politeness in Chinese language (different modal words)
Skills Work
  • Extensive practice of Pinyin and tones
  • Reading phonetics/ Pinyin skills
  • Focus on Pinyin, characters are optional
  • Listening practice (short simple sentences)
  • Recognizing r eading a few simple characters
  • Memorize some frequently used short sentences.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

  More than 7 days before course start date: Cactus can offer you a full refund of your course up to one week before the advertised start date.

  Less than 7 days before course start date: You can transfer your booking to the next course at no extra charge OR we can issue you a refund of the course fee minus a $50 administration fee.

  After the first lesson: You can transfer your booking to the next course at no extra charge OR we can issue you a refund of the course fee minus a $50 administration fee.

  After the second lesson: We can issue you a refund of the course fee minus a $100 administration fee.  After the 3rd lesson: You will not be entitled to any refund and you will NOT be able to transfer your booking to the next course.

Teacher: Native Teacher

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Teachers are qualified and experienced language trainers, and are all native or bilingual speakers. They have been interviewed by a full time academic team, and have undergone extensive reference reviews. Classes are assigned according to the strengths of the teachers to ensure the quality of course delivery is excellent at all times. Additionally, a comprehensive Teacher Development Program incorporates a range of seminars, classroom observations, same-language teacher forums, regular newsletters, and information on methodology and hands-on teaching techniques. The teaching philosophy is based on looking at ideas, asking questions, and meeting challenges. Methodology: Trainers adopt a 'learner centered' approach to modern language teaching, which enables them to meet the individual's needs. Courses cover practice in all 4 skill areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing; however, the focus of the course is on speaking and listening - the main requirements of today's modern language learner. Teachers will use the target language, activities will be communicative, and course content will be relevant.

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226 W 26th St
Btwn 7th & 8th Avenues
New York, New York 10001

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Attended: French Beginner 1

faboulous! The teacher, Christelle, is wonderful: enthusiastic, helpful, supportive, etc. I knew no French when I started and after 7 classes I now write a little in French and even speak some as well.

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