3 Jan Farewell to our University Mandarin Program Students This week was bittersweet as Go Abroad China staff said farewell to two of our clients: Azren who was learning Chinese in Beijing and Crystal who took the Mandarin language program at Shanghai Fudan University. Many candidates are curious before they come to study Mandarin in China, they want to know how many Mandarin Chinese words they will learn in a day for example, or if by the end of their course they will be good enough to speak to Chinese people without much difficulty. How does the course structure work? For Beijing Mandarin course structures, upon registration, each student is required to sit a placement test to evaluate which Chinese class they need to join. Relax, if you are a total beginner and have never studied Chinese before, you will go straight to the beginner level. If however you had previously had some exposure to Chinese language, then we need the test to help us determine your proficiency: elementary, intermediate or advance class. In the beginner class, you will start with the basics and the foundation that dictates the Mandarin Chinese Language and start to slowing accumulate vocabulary. In the elementary class, which is a level higher than the total beginner class, you will be memorizing a few dozen new words and characters per week. The intermediate classes will see you mastering a few hundred characters and speaking Chinese with noticeable ease and fluency. Regardless of which Chinese language school you have enrolled in, every week you will have classes dedicated to grammar and word usage, listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises. You can expect to create scenarios in class with your classmates and acting them out (while speaking Chines of course), weekly dictations, presentations and listening to different tapes and conversations to get used to the way Chinese people speak. Come join us in Beijing or Shanghai to get started on your classes in Chinese and start speaking today. If you need credit transfer, it is possible too!