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Basic Conversational Chinese Course

"The course is very useful and practical. It also helps alot that the teacher is a local, which makes the course more convincing and interesting."
- Emmy Nguyen Tri Khue Phuc, Singapore General Hospital  

"A well-organised course with a very good teacher who addressed my needs. Please organise an intermediate course."
Aditi Mohla, Singapore National Eye Centre


This course is designed for healthcare professionals who have little or no knowledge of conversational Chinese to communicate with patients and their family members. The course aims to develop basic listening and speaking skills with an emphasis on accuracy and fluency. Participants will also gain insight into the Chinese culture. English will be used as the medium of teaching to facilitate learning.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Converse in simple Mandarin with patients and their family members
• Achieve a better understanding of patients’ concerns and needs
• Answer enquiries in spoken Mandarin

General topics include:
• Pronounciation
• Greetings
• Numbers-cardinal and ordinal
• Asking basic questions and answering enquiries
• Describing processes, objects and people
• Anatomy description
• Functional language used in consultations
• Giving instructions
• Explaining and reassuring
• Paraphrasing and clarifying
• Advising and warning
• Body anatomy system – cardiovascular, dental, gynecological, musculoskeletal, neurological,  
   ophthalmological, respiratory
• Understanding symptoms – common medical expressions used by patients and family members

30 hours (Twice a week; 2 hours per session)

Course Dates
1st run (FY16/17): Starting 21 June 2016 (Every Tuesday and Thursday)
2nd run (FY16/17): Starting 8 February 2017 (Every Wednesday and Friday)

Course schedule will be provided upon successful registration.

Course Fees
S$321 (Inclusive of GST)
(payment details will be advised upon successful registration)

Class Size
20 pax

SingHealth Academy
Connection One, 168 Jalan Bukit Merah, Tower 3, #06-07, Singapore 150168

*NOTE: Please obtain approval from your head of department and HR by submitting the necessary institutional training request before sending in your registration.

To register, please email the following information to -
Course Title:
Full name:
Contact number:
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Mode of payment: Cheque / Sponsored by Department (please provide billing information):

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful registrants will be notified via email with information on payment details. 

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