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Mandarin Chinese

We hope you are looking forward to joining us in September to study Mandarin Pre U.

 We follow the Cambridge Pre U specification, which can be found here.

There is also a copy of this specification, along with a vocabulary booklet, in the related documents section at the bottom of this page.

Ms Hu


  1. 2023 - 2024 core vocabulary Mandarin Chinese
    PDF File
  2. 2023-2024-syllabus Mandarin Chinese
    PDF File

The following websites will be needed for the activities in the next section.

Basic Strokes and Stroke Order                        

Common Radicals

Revise for Pinyin


Watch the Chinese film: Blue Kite and research information on the film (in English)


1. Basic strokes and stroke order. 

Please be aware that in Pre-U exam paper, there are three marks for character stroke order. During the holiday, you could practise character stroke order by using Pre-U vocabulary list and visit the websites above to check your accuracy.


2. Common radicals

In Pre-U exam paper, there are three marks for identifying radicals. If you have got a Chinese-English dictionary, you need to be familiar with the radical section. You may watch a youtube video above. 


3. Revise for Pinyin

In Pre-U exam paper, there are three marks for Pinyin (listening and spelling out).

Please see the attached file and use the website above for the revision.


4. Advice on learning new Chinese words:

a. What is the pronunciation?

b. What does it mean in English?

c. Can I recognise the character in and out of a written context ?

d. How do I write it from memory?