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Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies

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Learn basic Chinese language skills, including Chinese characters, pronunciation, and important Chinese vocabulary.

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Modern China is increasingly important in the world's political, financial and economic spheres. Almost every major organisation wants to conduct business with China, so if you can learn Mandarin Chinese you can become a very valuable employee. This language will also give you the ability to speak with more than 1 billion people across the globe, both in China and immigrant communities worldwide. With Mandarin Chinese being as widespread and important for business as it is, learning this language, even the basics, is becoming an increasingly valuable skill.

This free course will teach you the basics of written and spoken Mandarin Chinese. The course starts with a brief overview of the language and its dialects. You will then learn Chinese pronunciation through a modern and very important Chinese alphabet called Pinyin. Next, you will learn how to greet people and how to introduce yourself, say what you do, and where you are from. The course will give you really practical skills including using public transport, asking for directions, ordering food, and checking into and out of a hotel. Each lesson uses audio, Chinese script, and English to make learning as easy as possible. Video clips are accompanied by a transcript and translation with key cultural and grammatical points being highlighted and explained.

If you want to travel to China, do business with Chinese organisations, work for any major company, or even just speak a little Chinese to the Chinese people in your life, then this is the course for you. Mandarin is becoming a more important language every year, and still most companies do not have enough employees that speak the language. By taking this course you will really boost your résumé and get one step closer having your first perfect Chinese conversation.

Having studied this course you will be able to: - Understand the basic dialects and prevalence to the Chinese language; - Become familiar with the basics of pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese through the use of Pinyin; - Gain a core knowledge of the core sounds in spoken Chinese, the sound of the 6 Chinese vowels (also known as finals) and the sound the 36 Chinese consonants (known as initials); - Understand how characters are formed in written Chinese, and how the words are composed as well as the different styles of writing; - Meet and greet people, introducing yourself, and say what you do or what you are studying; - Describe your family in more detail, from their age to the year the person were born and the number of siblings, aunts and uncles to where they live and work; - Request a table in a café or restaurant, order food and drink and ask for the bill and pay; - Phone a hotel and make a reservation, check in and provide some ID and check out and pay the account; - Use basic Chinese to ask for directions, take a bus and ask for a specific stop, get a taxi, give the driver directions and pay the fare; - Use basic Chinese to inquire about train times and reserve tickets as well as asking about local places of interest; - Talk about hobbies and interest, what sport you like and how good you are; - and make plans to meet friends and talk about vacation plans, including the Chinese festivals and other holidays.

All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire official Certification, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certification is:

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