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Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies

Learn basic Chinese language writing, pronunciation, and conversational skills, with this free Chinese language course.

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This free online Chinese language diploma course will teach you the basics of spoken and written Chinese—one of the six official languages of the United Nations and one of the most spoken languages in the world. In this course you will be taught about the language, its dialects, the formation of written Chinese characters and words, and the Pinyin writing system which is used to transcribe Chinese sounds into the Roman alphabet.





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This course begins by teaching you Chinese greetings and introductions. You will learn to talk about yourself and your family, and the right way to refer to your immediate and extended family members. You will learn how to talk about where they live, what they do, and what their ages are. You will also study how to talk about and write Chinese numbers.

You will then learn how to order drinks in cafés, have dinner in restaurants, and check in and out of hotels. This course will teach you how to ask for directions, and how to use buses, taxis, and trains. In addition, you will look into the diversity of geography and culture within China. Finally, you will learn how to talk about hobbies and sports, shop and ask for clothing sizes, and make plans for the holidays.

Modern China is playing an increasingly influential role in the world's political, financial and economic spheres. With Mandarin Chinese being spoken by over one billion people within China and the Chinese diaspora, learning even the basics of the Chinese is becoming increasingly important. By the end of this course, you will have a strong overview of the Chinese language, its dialects, basic vocabulary for travelling, and the use of Pinyin. So why wait? Start your Chinese learning journey, today.

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Learning Outcomes

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 an official Diploma, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Diploma is:

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An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

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