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Mandarin Corner Online

Mandarin Corner Online is a relaxed weekly conversational meet up with native Chinese speakers for anyone interested in learning Chinese.

Mandarin Corner (Wellington), established in 1995, is a weekly event where students learning Chinese meet with native speakers of Chinese for conversation and cultural activities in a friendly, relaxed setting.

In 2011, the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington joined forces with its two foundation organisers (NZ Chinese Friendship Society and NZ Chinese Language Association) to revamp Mandarin Corner with improved programme support. Mandarin Corner programmes are currently run by Confucius Institute staff.

Now, Mandarin Corner is back, online!

Mandarin Corner Online: dates and times

Please join us for our first ‘Mandarin Corner Online’, live every Thursday 3.30-5pm! Drop in and practice your Chinese, expand your vocabulary, and virtually meet other Chinese learners and speakers.

Our staff are facilitating two groups: beginner and intermediate. We will explore a different topic each week.

Beginner (every Thursday, 3:30-5pm)

Zoom link:
Zoom meeting ID: 660 699 6275

Intermediate (every Thursday, 3:30-5pm)

Zoom​ link:
Zoom meeting ID: 965 3011 63​12

See you on screen! All welcome.

To register your interest:

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Xiaosheng Zhou

Xiaosheng Zhou

Visiting scholar · Senior Chinese Language Teacher
Research Office · Confucius Institute

Mandarin Corner On Air

4 mandarin language assistants record a podcast

Produced by 2019 Mandarin Language Assistants, Mandarin Corner On Air covers topics dear to Kiwi hearts, from food to the weather, for different levels of Chinese learners. Each episode focuses on one topic and brings a different way of learning Chinese.

Listen online

Tune into Mandarin Corner On Air on Wellington Access Radio at 6.30pm every fourth Wednesday. Our 2020 broadcast schedule is 15 April, 13 May, 10 June, 8 July, 5 August, 2 September, 30 September, 28 October, 25 November, and 23 December.

Download past episodes and listen on demand at

For scripts of past episodes: