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Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies


Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies
Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies

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Course Description

In this free online Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies course you will learn the basics of written and spoken Mandarin Chinese. Modern China is playing an increasingly influential role in the world's political, financial and economic spheres, and with Mandarin Chinese being spoken by over one billion people within China and the Chinese diaspora it makes learning Chinese, even the basics, increasingly important. The course starts with a brief overview of the language, its dialects and a brief look at pronunciation through the use of Pinyin. You will also learn about the formation of the written Chinese characters and the formation of words. For learners whose native languages use the Roman or Latin alphabets it is critical that you become familiar with Pinyin which is used to transcribe Chinese sounds into the Roman or Latin alphabets you are accustomed to. You will learn how to greet people and introduce yourself, say what you do and where you are from. You will also learn how to talk about your family and friends as well as you hobbies and interests. Practicalities such as using public transport and asking directions are covered along with ordering food in a café or restaurant, asking for information when shopping and checking into and out of a hotel. Words and phrases are presented via audio, Chinese script, Pinyin and English to facilitate learning. The content is also broken down into key terms and vocabulary. The video clips are accompanied by a transcript and translation with key cultural and grammatical points being highlighted and explained. This free online Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies course will be of great interest to anybody wanting to travel to China, either as a tourist or in a professional capacity, business people who have regular contact with Chinese colleagues and for any learner who has an interest in speaking or reading Chinese.

CERTIFICATION

To qualify for your official ALISON Diploma, Certificate or PDF you must study and complete all modules and score 80% or more in each of the course assessments. A link to purchase your Diploma certificate will then appear under the My Certificates heading of your My Account page.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Having studied this course learner 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;
- Make plans to meet friends and talk about vacation plans, including the Chinese festivals and other holidays.

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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 234 votes
Course Title: Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies
Course #: 745
Course Publisher: Cambridge University
Course Category: 25
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Course Description: In this free online Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies course you will learn the basics of written and spoken Mandarin Chinese. Modern China is playing an increasingly influential role in the world's political, financial and economic spheres, and with Mandarin Chinese being spoken by over one billion people within China and the Chinese diaspora it makes learning Chinese, even the basics, increasingly important. The course starts with a brief overview of the language, its dialects and a brief look at pronunciation through the use of Pinyin. You will also learn about the formation of the written Chinese characters and the formation of words. For learners whose native languages use the Roman or Latin alphabets it is critical that you become familiar with Pinyin which is used to transcribe Chinese sounds into the Roman or Latin alphabets you are accustomed to. You will learn how to greet people and introduce yourself, say what you do and where you are from. You will also learn how to talk about your family and friends as well as you hobbies and interests. Practicalities such as using public transport and asking directions are covered along with ordering food in a café or restaurant, asking for information when shopping and checking into and out of a hotel. Words and phrases are presented via audio, Chinese script, Pinyin and English to facilitate learning. The content is also broken down into key terms and vocabulary. The video clips are accompanied by a transcript and translation with key cultural and grammatical points being highlighted and explained. This free online Diploma in Basic Chinese Language Studies course will be of great interest to anybody wanting to travel to China, either as a tourist or in a professional capacity, business people who have regular contact with Chinese colleagues and for any learner who has an interest in speaking or reading Chinese.
License: This course is available from Cambridge University OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date: 10th June 2014
Content  
Course Duration (Avg Learner): 10-15 Hours
Video/Audio: Medium
Audio Only: High
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 16+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level: Lower High/ Secondary School
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: No
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Kok Yoong Yeo
    Kok Yoong Yeo United Kingdom I really love the course and the exam as I have been doing self-study for ages in Chinese language that enable me to speak,read and write. This is my first exam in Chinese which make me very please and proud. I am grateful to you. Thank you for the course and exam you have provided me. 2016-02-29 02:02:45
  • Victoria Negro
    Victoria Negro Spain I think this would be a great option to me! Really thanks 2015-12-08 15:12:29
  • Thanh Le
    Thanh Le United States of America I like it. 2015-10-31 13:10:18
  • laura aye
    laura aye United States of America I would like to learn different language . Now I can learn. That course is really good for me. 2015-09-08 06:09:16
  • john kambie
    john kambie Papua New Guinea I really have a great desire to learn chinanese language 2015-06-19 22:06:22
  • Richard Dikatso Mhiti
    Richard Dikatso Mhiti Botswana My personal opinion is that the Diploma in basic Chinese Language Studies Course is a necessity in today's economic development, China is the emerging force in development. It has developed so drastically over the last 10 years. This makes learning Chinese critical for both business and politics. it is for this reason that i want to do this course. 2015-01-20 09:01:23
  • Mohamed Abdi Jama
    Mohamed Abdi Jama Somalia I think learning Chinese depends on me the effort I put in 2014-10-15 15:10:26
  • Aung    Ning Soe
    Aung Ning Soe Myanmar The modules are good .But very less. 2014-09-14 11:09:34
  • Gemma Verazon
    Gemma Verazon Taiwan so exciting although i have a hard time to learn how to write but i enjoy the course 2014-08-31 14:08:57
  • Samit Khare
    Samit Khare India Very good course. 2014-08-14 04:08:12
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