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This is an introductory course for beginners who wish to learn Chinese Mandarin as a Second Language. This course uses short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to assist learners to build the fundamental capability of communicating using Chinese Mandarin in real-life situations. This course assists non Chinese speakers to learn Chinese in a more interactive manner, starting from a complete beginner’s level. At the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Say greetings in Chinese Mandarin
- Introduce yourself in Chinese Mandarin
- The Pinyin Rules and Pronunciation
- Recognize and Write Simplified Chinese Symbols and Characters
- Learn the Essential Grammar in Chinese Mandarin
- Be able to hold a basic Conversation
- Chinese Cultures
WHY TAKING THIS COURSE
Chinese is now considered as an important language worldwide as its presence increases in the business world. Learning Chinese as a second language can increase your opportunities in the business world. Even Barack Obama, the previous American President, and Mark Zuckerburg from Facebook have picked up Chinese as they realized the benefits of learning Chinese.
China has become a huge market and business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context. International businesses actually prefer to hire people who can speak more than one language. Therefore, knowing Chinese may aid you in competing for an important position.
About Chinese Mandarin
Grammar in Chinese is actually surprisingly simple! Unlike other languages, there is no need to memorize Verb Tenses and Noun Declension (e.g. gender and number distinctions). For example, English speakers have to distinguish between cat and cats, where in Chinese, it remains as MAO (猫).
The basic word order of Chinese is subject-verb-object, exactly the same in English. A large number of key terms of Mandarin Chinese have been formed as translations of English Concepts. You are entering a different culture but the content of many modern key concepts is familiar.
Currently Mandarin Chinese is spoken by over 1 billion people around the world, about one fifth of the global population. Once you are able to communicate in Mandarin Chinese, you are able to communicate with one fifth of the global population.
Learning Chinese actually improves your artistic skills as writing Chinese symbols and characters require a steady hand. In fact, the written words are iconographic characters rather than letters. The symbols and characters are created using strokes similar to painting.
Introduction to Pinyin Chinese characters and symbols may seem confusing and difficult to pronounce, but that really is not the case at all. At the end of this section, you will be able to pronounce ALL Chinese Mandarin characters and symbols.
Greeting people in Mandarin The quickest way to learn a language is to speak it! Do not be afraid to approach someone who speaks Chinese. After this section, you will be able to greet people in Chinese Mandarin.
Introducing yourself in Mandarin After greeting people, they would love to know more about you! Do not be afraid to talk about yourself! This is how you make friends! At the end of this section, you will be able to give an introduction about yourself!
How to Ask Questions in Mandarin After telling about yourself, I am sure you must have tons of questions that you are curious about. At the end of this section, you will be able to ask any questions.
How to tell Time in Mandarin What happens of someone randomly asks for the time in Chinese Mandarin? Would you be able to tell the time in Chinese Mandarin? At the end of this section, you are the best time-teller in Chinese Mandarin!
Talking about the Weather When you ran out of questions to ask, why not mention about the weather to keep the conversation going? This section will teach you how to talk about the weather.
School Are you a student? Or do you remember your school days? Let's talk more about schools in this section!
Activities Let's talk about the things you love and hate to do in your free time!
Holidays and Festivals in China
Delicious Food in China The delicious food in China is very famous! I'm sure you would love to know more about them! In this section, you will learn more about the food in China! When you get the chance to visit China or other countries that speaks Mandarin, you won't have to worry about ordering food alone!
Shopping in China Who doesn't love shopping? Do you? Shopping is actually an art in China. You will learn more about it. Don't be afraid to use this art!
How to Ask for and Give Directions Are you good with giving directions? Do you know how to get to the places that you want to visit? This section would be very helpful to get you to the places you want!
Real life Daily Conversations Here is the real challenge! Are you able to hold a conversation in Chinese Mandarin now? This section will test your ability to do so! Don't be afraid! You can do this!
Farewell from the Instructor