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Basic Conversational Chinese Course

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. 

Learning Objectives

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


  • FY19 Run 2: Starting 04 Feb 2020 (Every Tuesday and Thursday) - Cancelled
  • FY20 Run 1: Starting 10 Jun 2020 (Every Wednesday and Friday)
  • FY20 Run 2: Starting 08 Sep 2020 (Every Tuesday and Thursday)  


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

Course schedule will be provided upon successful registration.

Course Fees

S$390 (SingHealth rate, excluding GST)
S$490 (Non-SingHealth rate, excluding GST)


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


SingHealth Academy 

Registration Details

NOTE: Please ensure that you submit the training request form to your respective HR departments for approval before sending in your registration. 

To register, please email the following information to -   
Course Title: 
Full name: 
Contact number:
Email address:

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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