Mandarin Course Materials

Mandarin Language Course Materials

The 10-week and online Cactus Mandarin courses are structured around a Mandarin language course book. The Cactus teachers will use the course book activities and exercises in class, and may also use the course book to set homework. The course book will be used approximately 60% of the time, with the other 40% made up of activities and tasks sourced by the teacher from additional resources. Your teacher will use their own materials, practice activities from other books, and ‘authentic materials’ from newspapers, magazines, the internet, video, radio, and podcasts. On this page you can check which course book you need to purchase for your level. We also offer our top tips on how to make the most of your course book.


Level Book ISBN
Beginner 1 HSK Standard Course 1 (Units 1 – 7) 9787561937099
HSK Standard Workbook 1 (optional) 9787561937105
Beginner 2 HSK Standard Course 1 (Units 8 – 15) 9787561937099
Beginner 3 HSK Standard Course 2 (Units 1 – 8) 9787561937266
Elementary 1 HSK Standard Course 2 (Units 9 – 15) 9787561937266
Elementary 2 HSK Standard Course 3 (Units 1 – 7) 9787561938188
Elementary 3 HSK Standard Course 3 (Units 8 – 14) 9787561938188
Intermediate 1 HSK Standard Course 3 (Units 15 – 20) 9787561938188
Intermediate 2 HSK Standard Course 4 A (Units 1- 5) 9787561939031
Intermediate 3 HSK Standard Course 4 A  (Units 6-10) 9787561939031
Upper Intermediate Lower HSK Standard Course 4 B (Units 11-20)* 9787561939307
Upper Intermediate Higher HSK Standard Course 5A* 9787561940334
Advanced HSK Standard Course 5B 9787561942451
Proficient HSK Standard Course 6A 9787561942543
HSK Standard Course 6B** 9787561947791

*These units will be taught over two course intakes. This means students should take two courses of Upper Intermediate Lower and two courses of Upper Intermediate Higher.
**Please note that 6B will be used once the 6A book is completed. 

Where to Buy your Book

Cactus works with the European Book Shop in central London to ensure that all the course books we use are available for our students to purchase. There is a 10% discount with the European Book Shop for Cactus students. You may also find your course book on Amazon.

How to Book your Course

If you haven’t yet booked your Mandarin evening course, check our offers page for our latest discounts, and book your course here.

Helpful Course Information

Free Mandarin Level Test
Mandarin Course Outline
Language Course Questions
Free Online Mandarin Resources
Cactus Teacher Profiles

For more information on any of our courses, or just general advice on language learning, please call us on 01273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Language Holidays Abroad

Cactus also offers Mandarin language holidays in China.


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