The variety of Chinese, known as Mandarin, is the official language of China. It is also spoken in Taiwan, and Singapore, and wherever Chinese communities can be found. Many Chinese speak different varieties of Chinese - but the preferred language of writing and intercommunication is Mandarin. Chinese is a character-based language - so it takes time to read and write. It is also a tonal language - which can take time to master. Chinese is taught in an increasing number of schools in Victoria - at all levels. There is also a government-supported bilingual program at Richmond West Primary School. Chinese can also be learnt in distance mode or after hours through the Victorian School of Languages (VSL) and through many Community Language Schools that teach Chinese on Saturdays.
Adults can easily learn Mandarin Chinese at university level, or take short courses through the CAE.