About this Course
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Welcome to "Chinese Characters for beginner"! This is an elementary course on learning Chinese characters. Together, we will start from the basic element of Chinese characters-- Strokes. Then we will learn 1,200 basic Chinese words composed of 240 commonly used Chinese characters, which begin with “一”(one), including pronunciation, shape and meaning, so that to improve the learning effect. ① Each Chinese character is with pinyin; ② Each Chinese character is shown in the form of animation in the process of writing, namely strokes; ③ English translation is used on the Chinese character can be a word itself. Other Chinese characters can not be independent of words are the characters of. The English translation of this kind of characters is marked in parentheses; ④ Each Chinese word is accompanied by Pinyin, English translation and picture, which is easy to understand; ⑤ There are proper exercises at the end of each lesson. Good luck !...
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Chinese (Simplified)

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
4 hours to complete

第一周

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Reading
4 videos (Total 21 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
Video4 videos
第二课 派生笔画(1) · 数字(2)Lesson 2 The Derivative Strokes(1)·Numbers(2)5m
第三课 派生笔画(2) · 数词 · 人 Lesson 3 The Derivative Strokes(2)·Numbers and People5m
第四课 派生笔画(3) ·工 Lesson 4 The Derivative Strokes(3)· Tool5m
Reading1 reading
Textbook2m
Quiz5 practice exercises
第一课 练习 Lesson 1 practice36m
第二课 练习 Lesson 2 practice40m
第三课 练习 Lesson 3 practice28m
第四课 练习 Lesson 4 practice26m
1~4课测验(quiz for 1~4 )58m
Week
2
Clock
2 hours to complete

第二周

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Reading
4 videos (Total 21 min), 5 quizzes
Video4 videos
第六课 女 Lesson 6 Woman4m
第七课 父母 Lesson 7 Parents5m
第八课 孩子 Lesson 8 Child5m
Quiz5 practice exercises
第五课 练习 Lesson 5 practice26m
第六课 练习 Lesson 6 practice16m
第七课 练习 Lesson 7 practice20m
第八课 练习 Lesson 8 practice16m
5~8课测验(quiz for 5~8 )50m
Week
3
Clock
3 hours to complete

第三周

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Reading
4 videos (Total 21 min), 5 quizzes
Video4 videos
第十课 反义词(1) Lesson 10 Antonym(1)6m
第十一课 反义词(2) Lesson 11 Antonym(2)4m
第十二课 反义词(2) Lesson 12 Antonym(2)5m
Quiz5 practice exercises
第九课 练习 Lesson 9 practice24m
第十课 练习 Lesson 10 practice26m
第十一课 练习 Lesson 11 practice26m
第十二课 练习 Lesson 12 practice20m
9-12课测验(quiz for 9~12 )m
Week
4
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3 hours to complete

第四周

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Reading
4 videos (Total 20 min), 5 quizzes
Video4 videos
第十四课 方位词 Lesson 14 Noun of Locality5m
第十五课 语法字 (1) Lesson 15 Grammatic Characters(1)4m
第十六课 语法字(2) Lesson 16 Grammatic Characters(2)5m
Quiz5 practice exercises
第十三课 练习 Lesson 13 practice30m
第十四课 练习 Lesson 14 practice30m
第十五课 练习 Lesson 15 practice18m
第十六课 练习 Lesson 16 practice22m
13-16课测验(quiz for 13~16 )48m

Instructor

Shi Zhengyu

Associate professor
School of Chinese as a Second Language

About Peking University

Peking University is determined to make its education openly accessible to students in China and around the world. With over 3000 faculty members, Peking University offers excellence in teaching and learning. Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU) was the first national comprehensive university in China. For the past 115 years, with its hundreds of thousands of outstanding alumni, Peking University has made prominent contributions in the humanities and sciences to further China's prosperity and progress....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • Yes. This course is designed for the beginners. The course starts with the explanation of the strokes and stroke orders, the basic elements of writing Chinese characters. At the same time, all those who are interested in Chinese characters are welcomed to select this course.

  • Before learning this course, learners need to master the Chinese phonetic alphabet - Pinyin; If the learners can master the entry level of Chinese spoken language, such as the MOOC course "Chinese for beginners" , will be better for this course`s learning.

  • Yes. It is suggested that the learners practice hand writing for 0.5-1 hour every day. The duration of writing could be increased according to the contents of the course and the interest of the individual.

  • This course is accompanied by a dedicated meter character template, which can be downloaded and printed by the learners.

  • Yes. In order to cooperate with the course of study, the textbook "Chinese character" and the reference book "Chinese Character Visual Dictionary", which are planned to be published at the end of the year 2015, have been accomplished

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