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Chinese Mandarin Language Courses

Learn Mandarin with our Chinese language courses, which are delivered using a proven learning method. Our Mandarin lessons will give you the confidence to write and speak Mandarin from day one. You will learn Chinese Mandarin with a continued sense of progression and achievement.

  • Learn to speak and write in Chinese Mandarin
  • Experienced and qualified teachers
  • Choose a course that suits you

Learn Chinese Mandarin your way


Learn from anywhere in the world

Class size: average 6, maximum 10

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Chinese Mandarin teachers


Located in central London

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Chinese Mandarin teachers


Located in central Brighton

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Chinese Mandarin teachers


Located in central Edinburgh

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

11-week courses available

Taught by qualified Chinese Mandarin teachers


Located in central Manchester

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Chinese Mandarin teachers

Private Classes

Learn anywhere in the world

Face-to-face and online classes

Corporate and professional lessons

For individuals and companies

About our Chinese Mandarin courses


General Courses

  20 hours in total
  1h 50 min / 2 hour classes
  1 lesson per week (6:00-7:50pm or 6:30-8:30pm)
  Start dates: January, April, July & October
  10-week or 11-week courses
  In-person or online Chinese lessons
  • Average of 5 students per group
  • Qualified Chinese Mandarin tutors
  • Interactive & engaging lessons
  • Learn Chinese Mandarin online and in locations across the UK
  • End of course certificate on completion

Learning Mandarin with Cactus

Cactus group Chinese Mandarin language courses will help you learn through small group classes. Native-speaking, experienced and qualified Mandarin teachers use the communicative approach. Students will be focusing on developing speaking and listening Chinese Mandarin skills. Your writing and reading Mandarin skills will be stimulated as well.

You will engage in pair-work and group-work during the course. This will support you to maximise your opportunities to use Mandarin during class time.

Cactus also offers you the opportunity to keep up the momentum by progressing through the levels. Lessons are offered from Beginners (A1) through to Advanced (C1).

How to Learn Chinese Mandarin

If you are looking to learn Chinese Mandarin, Cactus is the place to start. With Cactus you can study face-to-face or online with the help of a native-speaking teacher.

There are many levels but if you have no knowledge you can join our beginners lessons. Teachers will be able to support you on your language journey.

The first step is to understand if you prefer to join an online group language class or prefer to attend a face-to-face course.

Mandarin Classes Levels

If you are not at beginner levels you can study Mandarin from elementary through to proficient. At lower level such as elementary Mandarin you will cover the basics. A great option if you have basic knowledge.

At mid levels as intermediate and upper-intermediate Mandarin, you will gain a solid understanding. If you are looking to progress to a higher level it’s the perfect option. You must have completed A2 or B1 level (CEFR levels) to attend these levels.

At advanced and proficient Mandarin level you will be able to express yourself fluently. Enhance your Mandarin pronunciation and conversation skills. Your knowledge of the language will reach a new height.

You can take our level test and check the course content before taking a Mandarin class with Cactus.

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How to book with Cactus

Select language

Simply select which language you would like to learn and from the box below and click lets go.

Take level test

This is a quick test to help you find the right course for your current level of knowledge.

Book your course

Use our simple online booking system to select your course.

Frequently asked questions

What will I learn?

Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of Cactus courses. Includes themes, grammar and vocabulary you can typically expect to cover. These are intended as a guide only. Language teachers may at times adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the class.

How do I know what level I am?

Are you unsure where to start or progress to? Then take our level test and read our level descriptions for guidance.

Do I receive a qualification or certificate?

At the end of your course you receive a certificate of participation. You will be able to be download it from your MyCactus account. This confirms the language and level of course you have taken. Our course levels are based on two internationally recognised systems. You will have a universally accepted reference for your studies. (Important: Please note that you must complete the end of course questionnaire sent to you to be able to get your certificate! You will receive the course questionnaire by e-mail at the end of your course.)

Do I need a course book?

You will need a course book to attend your course. Course books are not included in the course fees. We recommend that you buy your own course book separately before your course starts. We will let you know which course book you will require and advise where you can purchase this. Please note that a course book often covers more than one level. So if you progress to the next course, you may not necessarily need to buy a new book. Again, we will advise you of this at the time. The course book is chosen by our teachers and academic team. This is based on which book is most suitable for the level of the class whilst offering the most communicative approach.

Still have questions?

Start Learning Mandarin

Most language learners choose Mandarin due to its growing importance in the global economy. Mandarin is the dominant form of Chinese. Owing to China’s fast growing economy, it is one of today’s most covetable languages. Learning Mandarin is also a popular way to discover a rich and ancient culture which has fascinated Europe for centuries.

With so many learning options available ranging it is often difficult to know where to start. From Mandarin intensive classes to online lessons there are many options. It’s important to assess which type of language course or combination is the most appropriate for you.

You should also take into account different aspects when learning the language. Studying standardised Mandarin will enable you to speak with people from everywhere. Attending Chinese Mandarin speaking lessons will help develop your conversation skills. You will improve your vocabulary, accent and pronunciation in Mandarin.

The easiest way to learn Chinese Mandarin is to speak it from day one. You can learn it faster by full immersion. You will study in a classroom environment and practise everything in the real world.

So what are the best ways to start learning Chinese Mandarin?

Why Learn Chinese Mandarin?

Chinese Mandarin is one of the most widely spoken language in the world. There is an estimated one billion speakers in China alone. Spoken in China it is also the official language of Taiwan and Singapore. It is easy to see why knowledge of Chinese Mandarin is such an asset.

Why do you want to learn Chinese Mandarin? It could be as you are planning on visiting China and are interested in its vast culture. It could be due to China showing huge global importance and influence. Whatever the reason why you want to take a Mandarin language course, our classes will help you connect with Chinese speakers.

There are many benefits of learning Mandarin. Not only you will be able to communicate with native speakers you will also be able to immerse in the culture. You will also enhance your business Chinese Mandarin skills for work purposes. Ultimately, will help you in the professional world, by opening up to many business opportunities.

It’s true that Chinese Mandarin is a difficult language to learn. Yet, if you learn Chinese Mandarin your efforts will be greeted with respect. It is a valuable step towards securing business and personal relationships with the Chinese.

Learning Chinese Mandarin will equip you with the skills you need to get by, have a conversation or become proficient.

Beginners Chinese Mandarin Lessons

Are you a beginner? If so, we have a comprehensive range of Mandarin language lessons for beginners. Whether you are a complete beginner or a false beginner. Find out which level to choose and what to expect with our beginner level language learner page.

Other Chinese Mandarin Course Options

For those who prefer individual tuition we offer one-to-one Chinese classes. More information on our Private Chinese Mandarin Classes division. Cactus also offers Chinese Mandarin language holidays in China.

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