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



Start Date

January 13, 2020









9 Mondays, 6-7:30pm. Begins Jan. 13 No class Jan. 20 & Feb. 17

Please note that this course requires the purchase of a textbook: Yong Ho: Beginner's Chinese with 2 Audio CDs (ISBN: 978-0781812573)

Instructors: Jin Chen Cooper


Jin Chen Cooper

Jin Chen Cooper is an Associate in Research of Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and a Rapporteur for the Harvard Asia Center reporting on the talk series "Critical Issues Confronting China," and other Center events. From 2005 to 2013, she was a specially invited columnist of Caixin Media (formerly Caijing Magazine), for which she published a weekly column, “Notes from Harvard.” Jin holds an MA in Regional Studies - East Asia (RSEA) from Harvard University, an MBA with concentration in finance from the Carroll School of Management of Boston College, and a BA in mathematics and economics from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and two children.