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Mandarin 101

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world - with over one billion users. It is the official language of the People's Republic of China, one of the official working languages of the United Nations, and the most commonly understood dialect among overseas Chinese communities.

If you are preparing to travel to Mandarin-speaking countries, or looking to broaden your social circle, Mandarin 101 is an excellent place to start to learn common greetings, everyday phrases, and traditional customs.

Anyone who is 18 years old or above.

This course serves as an introduction to Mandarin Chinese, and will focus on:

  • Introductions and greetings
  • Common questions and numbers
  • Basic sentence structure
  • Basic pronunciation
  • Calligraphy
  • Overview of celebrations and customs

In person, guided interactive learning with hands on activities.

Fall 2019

Start Date: October 1, 2019
End Date: November 21, 2019
Program Length: 8 weeks
Class Schedule: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Total Hours: 32 hours (4 hours per week)
Location:  CELD Annex, Vanier Hall, Room 118

The course fee is $250+HST, including Registration Fee of $50 and Program Fee of $200.

Note that the Registration Fee is non-refundable.

Photo of Deena WangDiwei Wang (Deena) - MEd, BA

Diwei Wang (Deena), is a native Mandarin speaker from Beijing, China. Deena obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from York University.

She has engaged in various areas of international education including cross-cultural training, recruitment, translation, advising, and has built partnership programs.

Deena is passionate about cultural exchange and enjoys helping her students find the beauty and fun in learning the Chinese language and culture.

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If you have any questions, please contact and put "Mandarin 101" as the email subject.