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Introduction to the Chinese Language - First Contact Course


Introduction to the Chinese Language - First Contact
Introduction to the Chinese Language - First Contact

An introduction to the Chinese language.


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Course Description

Mandarin Chinese is spoken by up to one billion people within China and among the Chinese diaspora. With the continuing economic and political rise of China it is becoming increasingly important to learn even the basics of this ancient language. In this free online Chinese language course you will be introduced to the basic elements of spoken Mandarin Chinese. The course starts with a brief overview of the language, its dialects and a brief look at pronunciation through the use of Pinyin. 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 alphabet you are accustomed to. This course follows the typical path when learning how to greet people and introduce yourself, say what you do and where you are from in a new language. 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 in the attached resource files. This free online Chinese language 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.

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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;
- Understand how Pinyin is used to transcribe Chinese sounds into the Roman alphabet;
- 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);
- Gain a core vocabulary of phases and words allowing you meet and greet people.

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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 168 votes
Course Title: Introduction to the Chinese Language - First Contact
Course #: 699
Course Publisher: Cambridge University
Course Category: 97
Content Origin:
Course Description: Mandarin Chinese is spoken by up to one billion people within China and among the Chinese diaspora. With the continuing economic and political rise of China it is becoming increasingly important to learn even the basics of this ancient language. In this free online Chinese language course you will be introduced to the basic elements of spoken Mandarin Chinese. The course starts with a brief overview of the language, its dialects and a brief look at pronunciation through the use of Pinyin. 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 alphabet you are accustomed to. This course follows the typical path when learning how to greet people and introduce yourself, say what you do and where you are from in a new language. 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 in the attached resource files. This free online Chinese language 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:
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Course Duration (Avg Learner): 1-2 Hours
Video/Audio: None
Audio Only: High
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 16+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level:
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Mike Yuskiw
    Mike Yuskiw United States of America I thought the course was pretty good. I actually graduated from University of Maryland with a degree in Chinese. So, I picked up on a small error. The word, "没事" was incorrectly translated. The meaning is like "it's nothing" or "no problem." Thanks again for the course. 2016-07-25 15:07:20
  • Dorcus Moserwa Phefo
    Dorcus Moserwa Phefo Botswana It's very good 2016-04-14 14:04:57
  • BABALOLA Adetunbowale Eleazer
    BABALOLA Adetunbowale Eleazer Nigeria It will be fun 2016-01-18 05:01:08
  • Paulette Mcphee
    Paulette Mcphee Bahamas Overall, it is an interesting and challenging course, especially for someone who is not familiar with the language, its pronunciations of words and Chinese characters. Also, how important the placement of the tongue is for correct pronunciation of words. 2015-07-08 17:07:51
  • Christina Monika Nand
    Christina Monika Nand Fiji They have the basics needed for a beginner. Loved this course 2015-02-25 04:02:21
  • Khin Thandar Win
    Khin Thandar Win Myanmar I like the topic of introduction to the chinese language. 2015-01-11 04:01:21
  • John Cooper
    John Cooper United Kingdom A very interesting course. Well constructed and easy to follow. 2014-12-15 23:12:56
  • Declan Harte
    Declan Harte Ireland Very tough to combine the characters with the translations for this course. I guess there is no easy way but to get to know them. 2014-12-01 17:12:03
  • Chaw Pa Pa Thein
    Chaw Pa Pa Thein Myanmar Very effective to learn starting Chinese. Without Alison I can not work with this language. 2014-12-01 08:12:31
  • Svetlana Berezina
    Svetlana Berezina Russian Federation like the course very much! the structure is very good, useful vocabulary, excellent audio thank you! 2014-11-26 07:11:31
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