Learn Chinese (Mandarin) - Online Courses

Chinese (Mandarin) is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Did you know that one in five people all over the world speaks Chinese (Mandarin)? That is over 900 million speakers. There's no ignoring the fact that being able to speak Chinese (Mandarin) is going to be a key skill in the future, especially in business.

At City Lit, we offer a range of Chinese (Mandarin) courses at various levels to take you from a complete beginner to a confident speaker of the language.

Find out what it's like studying Mandarin at City Lit in this interview with student David Parton.

Designed to meet the needs of the busy Londoner, we offer courses during the week, weekend, daytime or evening. We also offer intensive courses for those looking to take on an exciting challenge.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Browse our Chinese (Mandarin) courses below and enrol today!

Meet Ting, a Chinese tutor:

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  1. Chinese: an introduction for beginners in collaboration with the British Museum

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, uses British Museum objects related to ancient China to provide a foundation in Chinese (Mandarin). Please note, this course will be taught online and not at the British Museum.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Chinese characters-the balance of life

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In this interactive workshop you will learn the basics of Chinese characters focusing on words/images that are connected to nature. You will have plenty of opportunities to practise yourself - this workshop is suitable for complete beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  3. Chinese (Mandarin) writing for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basics of Chinese characters. This interactive workshop provides plenty of opportunity to practise yourself, and is suitable for complete beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. Introduction to Chinese

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to speak Chinese (Mandarin) in this lively and intensive course which will enable you to handle some simple social/personal conversations in Chinese. Suitable for complete beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  5. Chinese 2 lower: module 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Continue improving your Chinese with the emphasis on speaking and listening. Suitable if you have completed 'Chinese 2 lower: module 2' or equivalent.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Chinese 2 upper module 3

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Further improve your Chinese (Mandarin) and develop your speaking skills. Suitable if you have completed Chinese (Mandarin) 2 upper: module 2 or equivalent. Further improve your Chinese (Mandarin) and develop your speaking skills. Suitable if you have been studying Chinese (Madarin) for two years or equivalent. You should have a knowledge of about 400 characters.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  7. Chinese beginners: module 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Continue learning Chinese on this beginners course.You should have completed Chinese beginners: module 1 or equivalent.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  8. Chinese beginners: module 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Continue learning Chinese on this beginners course.You should have completed Chinese beginners: module 2 or equivalent.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  9. Chinese 3 lower: module 3

    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your fluency on this course taught in Chinese, with the emphasis on speaking and listening. Suitable if you have studied Chinese (Mandarin) for three years or have a fairly good command of the language. Develop your fluency in this course taught in Chinese (Mandarin), with the emphasis on speaking and listening. Suitable if you have completed 'Chinese 3 lower: module 2', or studied Chinese for about three years, know about 500 Chinese characters and have a fairly good command of the language.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  10. Chinese 3 upper: module 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your fluency in this course taught in Chinese (Mandarin), with the emphasis on speaking and listening. Suitable if you have studied Mandarin for about four years, know around 500-600 Chinese characters and have a good command of the language.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  11. Chinese 4: module 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online


    You will consolidate your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and will work towards achieving better fluency at an intermediate level. You will develop your competence in reading Chinese characters. Suitable if you have studied Chinese for 5 years part time or have an equivalent level.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Chinese advanced conversation: module 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    For advanced learners of Mandarin Chinese. Suitable if you have studied Chinese part-time for at least 5 years/ full-time for more than two years and have been self-learning and using Chinese frequently in life or work or if you have reached HSK level-5 or above (2500 vocabulary items or more).Students should be able to read Chinese characters and have learned comprehensive Chinese grammar.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  13. Chinese (Mandarin): an introduction for beginners at the British Museum

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 14 May 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, uses British Museum objects related to ancient China to provide a foundation in Chinese (Mandarin). Please note, this course will be taught online and not at the British Museum.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Chinese 2 revision

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Consolidate your elementary/intermediate knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin). Suitable if you have studied Mandarin for two years or have an equivalent level. Based on the tutor's own materials.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  15. Chinese beginners: intensive

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Suitable for complete beginners.This is a stand alone course to introduce you to the basics of Mandarin Chinese.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

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