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Suggested: 6 hours of videos and quizzes...

English

Subtitles: French, Ukrainian, Serbian, Greek, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Urdu, Russian, English, Hebrew, Spanish, Marathi...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Who Are You?

When we first meet someone, we need to learn about each other. In this module, we are going to learn some ways to introduce yourself, including name, nationality, identity, and discussing your family. We are also going to study Chinese Mandarin phonetics. ...
5 videos (Total 18 min), 13 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
Lecture: What is Your Name?3m
Lecture: Where Are You From?5m
Lecture: Are You a Student?3m
Lecture: Who is He/She?4m
13 readings
Extended Exercise: What is Your Name?10m
Additional Information: Chinese Mandarin(普通话)10m
Self-study Video—Tones and Simple Finals10m
Extended Exercise: Where Are You From?10m
Additional Information: Chinese Pinyin(汉语拼音简介)10m
Self-study Video—Initials10m
Extended Exercise: Are You a Student?10m
Additional Information: Spelling Rules of Pinyin(汉语拼音拼写规则)10m
Self-study Video—Compound Finals10m
Extended Exercise: Who is He/She?10m
Readings10m
Review: Who are You?10m
Self-study Video—Finals with Nasal Endings10m
4 practice exercises
What is your name?12m
Where are you from?42m
Are you a student?24m
Who is he/she?16m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

When Do You Go To School?

How do you plan your daily life? In this module, we are going to learn how to describe our daily schedule, including numbers, time, periods, and some corresponding actions. ...
4 videos (Total 12 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
4 videos
Lecture: What Time is it Now?2m
Lecture: Morning or Afternoon?2m
Lecture: Do You Have a Busy Life?2m
4 readings
Extended Exercise: What Time is it Now?10m
Extended Exercise: Morning or Afternoon?10m
Extended Exercise: Do You Have a Busy Life?10m
Review: When Do You Go To School?10m
4 practice exercises
Numbers20m
Time (1): O'clock14m
Time (2): Periods20m
Daily Arrangements28m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

What Do You Like to Eat?

Food is our most important need. In this module, we are going to talk about Chinese main courses, fruits, vegetables and meat, as well as drinks. Have you seen or tried any of these Chinese dishes? Maybe you have already learned to say them in Chinese!...
4 videos (Total 8 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
4 videos
Lecture: I Like Apples.1m
Lecture: I Like Chicken.1m
Lecture: Do You Want a Cup of Tea?2m
5 readings
Extended Exercise: Do You Like Dumplings?10m
Extended Exercise: I Like Apples.10m
Extended Exercise: I Like Chicken.10m
Extended Exercise: Do You Want a Cup of Tea?10m
Review: What Do You Like to Eat?10m
4 practice exercises
Main Courses16m
Fruits12m
Vegetables and Meat16m
Drinks18m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

I Like Shopping!

Shopping! Shopping! Some people love to go shopping, while others feel it is a headache. Still, shopping is an essential part of our life. In this module, we are going to learn how to express our color and size preference, how to ask about price, and how to bargain. Do you know what the most popular color is in your country? How about in China?...
4 videos (Total 16 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
4 videos
Lecture: This is Too Big.3m
Lecture: How Much is This?5m
Lecture: It’s Too Expensive!3m
5 readings
Extended Exercise: What is Your Favorite Color?10m
Extended Exercise: This is Too Big.10m
Extended Exercise: How Much is This?10m
Extended Exercise: It’s Too Expensive!10m
Review: I Like Shopping!10m
4 practice exercises
Colors24m
Sizes10m
Prices10m
Learn to Bargain6m
Week
5
2 hours to complete

Do You Live in a Big City?

Do you live in a big city or a small town? How do you get to work or school every day? In this module, we are going to learn how to give directions and how to speak about transportation. This module is valuable in case you need to talk about directions with a Chinese friend or you need to go somewhere when you are in China....
4 videos (Total 16 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
4 videos
Lecture: Is There a Supermarket Near Here?3m
Lecture: The Bank is on the Left.3m
Lecture: How Do I Get to the Underground Station?3m
2 readings
Extended Exercise: How Do I Get to the Underground Station?10m
Review: Do You Live in a Big City10m
4 practice exercises
Transportation16m
Public Places16m
Locations and Directions6m
Ask For Directions22m
Week
6
2 hours to complete

How About the Weather?

Weather can influence our daily life and personal health. In this module, we are going to talk about temperature, seasons, and personal health. China is a very big country and the weather can be quite different across regions and seasons; we will learn to talk about all sorts of weather....
4 videos (Total 15 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
4 videos
Lecture: Is it Cold in January?3m
Lecture: I Like Spring.3m
Lecture: I Caught a Cold.3m
2 readings
Extended Exercise: I Caught a Cold.10m
Review: How About the Weather?10m
4 practice exercises
Temperature14m
Time (3): Months8m
Seasons16m
Health18m
Week
7
2 hours to complete

What is Your Hobby?

What do you like to do in your spare time? We have so many choices nowadays and lead such colorful lives. In this module, we are going to talk about weekday pastimes, sports, TV programs, and some other activities related to the internet, reading, music, and travel! ...
4 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
4 videos
Lecture: I Like Swimming.4m
Lecture: I Watch TV News Everyday.3m
Lecture: We Can Do a Lot of Things on the Internet.3m
3 readings
Extended Exercise: We Can Do a Lot of Things on the Internet.10m
Review: What is Your Hobby?10m
Chinese for Beginners-Notes in English10m
4 practice exercises
Time (4): Weeks14m
Sports16m
TV Programs22m
Internet, Books, Music, and Travel16m
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By SSSep 17th 2016

Thanks for this course. I like it and this language really so necessary for me and my job. My company in New Zealand - ESKA Ltd (www.eskaltd.co.nz, eskaltd.com) and we are work with aliens from China.

By EEMar 2nd 2016

This course is excellent. It gives thorough introduction into language without going into too much unnecessary details. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to start learning Chinese from scratch.

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Xiaoyu Liu

Associate Professor
School of Chinese as A Second Language, Peking University

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....

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