Mandarin Chinese is the official language in Mainland China. In this course, students will learn simplified Chinese characters and standard Mandarin Chinese pronunciation. The goal of the course is to develop students’ basic Mandarin communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with more focus on speaking and listening. Moreover, the course will integrate Chinese culture to promote students’ cross-cultural awareness and understanding. In order to get extra exposure to Chinese beyond what the students can get inside the classroom, online resources will be widely used to help the students learn Chinese Mandarin at the non-Chinese speaking environment.
1) Lesson Video Viewing Link (Free)
2) Lesson Website Link: My first Chinese Words (Membership Fee: $19.95/six months): http://www.betterchinese.com/Login.aspx
Pinyin Learning Tool
1) http://www.chinese-tools.com/tools/pinyin.html (pinyin tying tool)
2) http://www.chineseliteracy.net/summer/cssystem_062908.swf (Chinese sound system)
Chinese characters practice website
1) http://www.csulb.edu/~txie/azi/page1.htm (learn to write characters)
2) http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese/games/characters.shtml (Chinese writing games)
Tip of Learning Mandarin Chinese:
Is Mandarin Chinese hard to learn? Depends! Any language is not easy to learn! If something is easy to do, it’s probably not worth doing it. Learning a language is a cumulative process. Studying little by little every day is much more effective than cramming before a quiz or test. Make flash cards of new vocabularies with pinyin, characters and definition. Review them often and try to make up sentences on these vocabularies! Make good use of internet resources. New vocabularies with visual support reinforce memorization! We will explore together at class to use internet resources to facilitate your learning of Chinese in class. Technology is not only for entertainment but also a great tool of learning. Speak as much Mandarin Chinese as you can in class and outside class with your friends, your parents. Or if you have the chance to teach others to speak Mandarin Chinese, it will be great! Increase your exposure to Mandarin Chinese as much as you can, such as watch or listen to online Chinese classes, Chinese songs and movies, etc. If you have any questions about it, please feel free to talk to the Chinese instructor.