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Mandarin Chinese (A1-A2)

Teacher: Aileen Liu (Montreal)

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Mandarin Chinese (A1-A2)


Course description:

This course assists student to reach the A2 level of Mandarin. At the end of the course, students will be able to read pinyin (the Chinese phonetic system), to greet in Chinese, to introduce oneself, to ask for directions, to make requests, etc.

About the classes

(What you can learn from this teacher)

My approach is interactive, employing conversations, word games, video examples etc. I give clear instructions and prepare mnemonic devices to help memorize the materials.

Course program:

The program consists of three semesters (2 hours/class. 22 classes/semester). Below is the schedule for the first two semesters.

Class 1-2: Pinyin+Ni hao! (Hello!)
Class 3-4: Ni shi nali ren? (Where are you from?)
Class 5-6: Nimen you kafei ma? (Do you have coffee?)
Class 7-8: Ni wanshang you shijian ma? (Do you have time tonight?)
Class 9-10: Wo xingqi tian yao jiaban! (I have to work on Sunday!)
Class 11-12: YuYuan zai nali? (Where is Yu Garden?)
Class 13-14: Ni xihuan xiaolongbao ma? (Do you like dumplings?)
Class 15-16: Wo yao yifen waimai. (I want to order take-out.)
Class 17-18: Wo zuotian ganmao le. (I was sick yesterday.)
Class 19-20: Ni bang wo, hao ma? (Could you please help me...?)
Class 21-22: Review+cultural facts

Class 1-2: Jintian waimian re jile (It's too hot outside!)
Class 3-4: Ni jingchang da gaoerfu ma? (Do you play the golf very often?)
Class 5-6: Ni yao jiantoufa haishi tangtoufa? (Do you want to have your hair cut or have your hair dyed?)
Class 7-8: Qing bangwo fa yifen chuanzhen (Please let me to make a fax)
Class 9-10: Ni chiguo Sichuan cai ma? (Have you tried Sichuan dishes?)
Class 11-12: Soushi de zhen ganjing a! (The room has been cleaned up!)
Class 13-14: Ni dasuan qu nali wan? (Where do you plan to make a trip to?)
Class 15-16: Huaihai lu tai du le (Huaihai Road is jammed)
Class 17-18: Wo qingqi liu yao jiaban (I have to work overtime on Saturday)
Class 19-20: Wo xiang mai fen liwu (I want to buy a gift)
21-22 R

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Prices per class, per student, in CAD $.

1 Class35.0028.0025.00
10 Classes25.0018.0015.00
Trial class17.5014.0012.50

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* All classes have a duration of 60 minutes
* An administration fee (CAD $50.00 per student) is added for 10 classes

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Aileen Liu

City / Country of origin: Shanghai, China

Mother language: Mandarin

Spoken languages: English, Spanish

"Jielin was very accommodating and is a good and patient teacher. I appreciate and enjoy my time with her. I learn a lot and her strong focus on pronunciation is super helpful."


Hi, I'm Aileen, a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, from Shanghai, China. I finished high school in China and came to Montreal pursuing my Bachelor's degree in linguistics, which I recently completed. Thanks to my training in linguistics, I understand the common difficulties in learning a new language; therefore, I am very patient and courageous. It has been a pleasure helping my students build confidence in every aspect of learning Chinese language.


1. Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Anthropology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2015
2. Senior Chinese Language Teacher, 2014
• Issued by China Employment Training Technical Instruction Center, Shanghai, China
• Issued by International Profession Certification Association (IPA)


I have been tutoring Chinese for a few years and have experience with people of all ages, including primary school students, university students, and seniors.

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Learn Mandarin: Mandarin Chinese (A1-A2)

Proficiency level

Your Mandarin proficiency level will be evaluated by the teacher according to this framework:

A1 - Beginner:

  • Understands familiar Mandarin expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs.
  • Can introduce him/herself and answer questions about personal details such as the place of residence and belongings.
  • Can hold a simple conversation in Mandarin if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 - Elementary:

  • Understands frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance like personal and family information.
  • Can communicate in routine situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and immediate needs.

B1 - Intermediate:

  • Understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in everyday situations.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where Mandarin is spoken.
  • Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 - Independent:

  • Understands the main ideas of complex Mandarin text on both concrete and abstract topics.
  • Interaction with native Mandarin speakers can happen with fluency and spontaineity and without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear text on a wide variety of subjects and expose a point of view given the various options.

C1 - Advanced:

  • Understands a wide range of demanding, longer Mandarin texts, and recognizes implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use Mandarin flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce detailed, well-structured text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns and connectors.

C2 - Proficient:

  • Easily understands virtually everything heard or read in Mandarin.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources and reconstruct arguments in a coherent presentation.
  • Expresses him/herself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.

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