Learning Chinese

Getting started in Chinese may seem daunting. Some schools in Buckinghamshire may offer Mandarin lessons, but these are in a minority.

The question is therefore, how to get started? In addition to the conventional GCSE/A Level route, potential learners may wish to consider YCT and HSK tests, which are very achievable in a shorter period of time than conventional GCSEs. They can also be very useful on university applications.

Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency. It assesses primary and middle school students’ abilities to use Chinese as a second language. YCT is divided into writing and speaking tests, which are independent of each other.

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, assessing non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives.

The Buckinghamshire Chinese Language School is the first recognised examination centre in Buckinghamshire, with a pass rate of 100% since becoming an examination centre in 2015. All of the students in the school work towards both GCSE and A Level, and the Chinese tests. The school is led by Mrs Mai Sim Merry, who is also teaches Mandarin Chinese in several main stream schools in the area. Although this is a weekend school, all students are expected to show commitment in attendance and between class studies. Details of how to contact the Buckinghamshire Chinese language School.

Another important benefit for students of Chinese studies is a free trip to China, and potential scholarship for one year’s free studies in China, are available on achievement of required criteria.

10 Mandarin Phrases for you to practice

Click on any of the images below to open up a slideshow of common phrases.

Some useful links:

Mandarin Excellence Programme logoMandarin Excellence Programme – Activities and Resources for UK Mandarin Excellence Programme Teachers
logo of british association of chinese studoesChinese in UK Universities. Introduction and links provided by BACS to the main short courses, undergraduate and taught postgraduate degree programmes offered at UK universities, that include significant Chinese-language content.
truexperiencetravel logowww.truexperiencetravel.co.uk: High Wycombe-based experts in organising gap tear travel, volunteering, internships etc. A variety of programmes in China, including PAID teaching of English in China.
Popup Chinese podcasts: Exercises in Chinese conversation delivered by podcast.