Course Code CHIN
Co-ordinator Laura Luo
Levels Offered 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year Full course list *
Minor Available Yes More details
Placement Test Required for students with previous knowledge More details
* Not all courses are offered every term, please check Carleton Central and/or the Public Class Schedule for course availability.

About the Language

Mandarin is the official language of China and is spoken by approximately 1.2 billion people world-wide.

  • It is an ideographic language based on a large set of characters (approximately 60,000) developed about 5,000 years ago.
  • Syntactically, Mandarin is a relatively uncomplicated language.
  • Unlike the English inflection system, Mandarin largely uses particles and word order to present ideas.
  • Mandarin is a tonal language in which each syllable has a significant contrastive pitch, with up to four pitches; different tones change the meaning of a word.

Registration Information

Space in language courses is limited.  Register as early as possible.  If the course is full when you attempt to register, please submit a Course Registration Override Request or, if applicable, add your name to a waitlist on Carleton Central.  Click here to learn more about how waitlisting works.

Course Previews

If you want to learn more about the requirements of each course, look over the course previews in the list below.

IMPORTANT: These previews will give you an idea of the types of assignments, readings, and instructor expectations you may encounter in the course. However, please be aware that these documents are NOT OFFICIAL COURSE OUTLINES. The actual courses you take may differ considerably from the descriptions provided in the previews.

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