Chinese: Beginner Level 1

Mandarin Chinese has more native speakers than any other language. As Mandarin's popularity increases among language learners, give yourself an advantage with an experienced and enthusiastic instructor. Chinese Level 1 is for students with no prior background in Chinese Mandarin. Students will learn basic words and phrases for daily greetings, naming people and companies, identifying family members, and talking about what they do and where they live. We will use the textbook for beginner's Chinese by anthropologist and linguist Yong Ho, for the very reason that it is written on the premise that "less is more." This Level 1 course will cover the first 4 lessons in this textbook, with the goal of writing a paragraph of self-introduction in Chinese at the end of the term. The focus at this level is on very basic conversations, pronunciation and tones. Instructor: Jin Chen Cooper