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Mandarin Beginners Programme: Level 1.1
Tue 25 April 2017, 18:30 – 19:30 BST
Begins: Tuesday 25th April 2017
Location: Edinburgh Language Centre, 62 - 66 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR
Programme duration: 10 weeks
Days & Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Programme fee: £120 - Also payable via our website http://clearwateracademy.net/en/chinese/
Includes all course materials, online support, £40 members discount on all courses, and members only events. £80 for Academy members and continuing students via CWA Online.
Following the success of our Japanese classes, we're delighted to offer Beginners classes in Mandarin. Classes are given in blocks of ten weeks for flexibility and affordability and are offered on a rolling basis for new and continuing students. Classes are designed to be small for the greatest interaction between the student and the instructor. The programme uses traditional Chinese characters (fántǐzì 繁體字). Students will receive a welcome pack at the start of the course, be provided with all course materials and enjoy school members benefits: access to our online support system for help about homework or tough subjects covered in class with, a £40 member's discount on all our courses from languages to tai chi, and members-only events including a Chinese tea ceremony (工夫茶).
WHY TRADITIONAL CHINESE CHARACTERS?
Given we're passionate about traditional Chinese culture, we have decided to teach students traditional Chinese characters (fántǐzì 繁體字) beginning this coming term. Traditional fántǐzì characters sometimes look complex, but they are universally acknowledged to be absolutely beautiful and well worth the effort in learning to read and write them. They also retain the subtle meanings that are well known to have been lost in simplified Chinese characters (jiǎntǐzì 简化字). So traditional characters open up a new world for those, who like us, love the best of East Asian culture. Traditional characters are used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and are still used by many millions in China and the international Chinese community - especially in poetry, literature, calligraphy and spirituality. It is generally agreed that it is easier to learn simplified characters after having learned traditional characters than it is the other way around. That said, around 80% of the characters are exactly the same. So wherever you'll be reading Mandarin, you'll be equipped with the necessary tools.
Our 1.1 Beginners programme is for anyone who wishes to start Mandarin without previous knowledge. In the weekly hour session, our teacher will guide you through your first steps in speaking, listening, reading and writing the language. With communication practice and an introduction to Chinese culture, learners will receive a holistic understanding of the Chinese language. Learners will be introduced to phonetics and the pinyin system, as well as basic Chinese characters, and will be able to construct basic statements and questions, offering simple greetings and introduce themselves. Students will be taught traditional (fántǐzì;) Chinese characters as are used today in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony on week 4.