This course will allow you to breach another “Great Wall of China”–the language barrier. We will learn the basics of Mandarin Chinese (called Hanyu, Putonghua, or Guoyu) the national language of both the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC, or Taiwan.) During the first two weeks of CN 125 we will concentrate on the sound system and writing system covered in the introductory portion of our textbook. During the remainder of the first semester we will proceed to some of the more basic sentence patterns, vocabulary and characters introduced in Lessons 1-8.
Course Learning Goals (for lesson-specific communicative goals see the course moodle page):
- Learn the Chinese Sound System & Pinyin Romanization
- Become familiar with the basic strokes and radicals in the Chinese Writing system, and learn to recognize and write approximately 200 characters
- Learn basic sentence patterns
- Be able to employ all four language modalities (speaking, listening, reading and writing) to exchange basic information about yourself, your family and your studies
Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1 3rd Edition (Textbooks, Character Workbooks & Workbooks) Tao-chung Yao et al (Boston: Cheng and Tsui, 2009) The textbooks can be purchased at the Colby College bookstore.
Course Moodle Page (This page includes the course schedule and class materials. It is open to enrolled students. E-mail me at email@example.com if you would like access.)
- Tapes accompanying “Integrated Chinese” Level 1 Part 1 Textbook, & Level 1 Part 1 Workbook (3rd edition) can be accessed through the LRC Virtual Listening Lab You may also access the videos that accompany our lessons through the Chinese VLL site.
- The LRC Chinese Resources Page
- Instructions on how to configure your computer to download and access MPEG4 files (for the Bihua project among other uses.)
- Instructions on how to make sound files and send them. (For your oral assignments.)
Internet Resources for Beginning Chinese Language Study
- Integrated Chinese Homepage This is the home-page for our textbook.
- Pinyin Chart This is a visual and audio representation of all intial-final-tone combinations possible in a chart form.
- Chinese Pronunciaton Guide Information and Exercises on Chinese Pronunciation
- Pinyin exercises from the University of Iowa Great exercises for practicing tones, initials and finals!
- Chinese Grammar Wiki Grammar points not clear? Look up the structure on this wiki!
- Exercises These web-based interactive exercises supplement some of the grammar points covered in Integrated Chinese.
- Berkeley Integrated Chinese Site Web-based activities to allow you to practice and review the vocabulary and patterns introduced in the lessons of Integrated Chinese. Another really fun and useful site.
- “Teaching and Learning Chinese” This page contains links to many useful sites for beginning to advanced Chinese language students.
- Learning Chinese Online Another page with many links to useful sites for beginning Chinese language learning.
- Marjorie Chan’s China Links This is the most extensive site out there for information about Chinese language learning and linguistics.
- Zhongwen.com A Chinese online dictionary and character geneology, with other useful links
- On-line Chinese Tools Provides a variety of tools to assist Chinese learning.
- Lost-theory Chinese pages Links to a number of sites useful for learning the Chinese languages