Would You Like to Learn Mandarin?

  • Do you know how many people speak Mandarin in the world?
  • Do you know China is one of America's largest trading partners?
  • Would you like a better understanding of Chinese art and culture? 
  • Do you want to be able to communicate with your Chinese friends, business partners, spouses or others?

Please Join Us!

  • Mandarin is easy, fun and interesting
  • Chinese characters are unique forms of art
  • Mandarin is the first spoken language in the world
  • More than 1.3 billion people speak Mandarin
  • Learning Mandarin can help your career

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Mandarin is one of many world languages taught at De Anza. We provide a wide range of course levels to meet the needs of our students, including introductory and/or elementary sequences for all foreign languages offered, and intermediate and advanced courses for some.

If you have studied a language at another institution, we require a World Languages prerequisite clearance before you register in MAND 2, so we can accurately assess your past instruction and support your success in further Mandarin language study.

Please follow these general rules to decide which course level is best for you.

  • One year of high school language instruction is equivalent to one quarter of De Anza instruction. 
    For example, if you took Mandarin 1 and 2 in high school, you can continue with Mandarin 3 at De Anza.
  • Review the Mandarin course offerings and current schedule of classes.
  • Visit our division's World Languages website for more information about taking a language class at De Anza.

Certificates of Achievement

We offer certificate programs that are designed to offer students expanded opportunities in their careers, family and social lives, and other spheres.

Many Bay Area companies and employers do business in China, Taiwan, Singapore and other Asian countries. The tech industry is especially interested in employing people who know Mandarin. It's also a valuable skill in other fields, including law and government.

Studying the Mandarin language can also be valuable in other ways.  California has a rich diversity of cultures and traditions, including those brought by Mandarin-speaking immigrants. In addition to satisfying a foreign-language requirement, learning Mandarin can help promote multicultural understanding and spur both personal and intellectual growth.

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