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College Mandarin Chinese Curriculum Beginning Level 1

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Course Description

Hi, everyone, welcome to College Mandarin Chinese on your own, beginners level. My name is Hong Zeng. I am a professor of Chinese for 16 years at prestigious American liberal arts colleges and universities. I have two PhDs in Chinese and comparative language and literature and published five well-endorsed books in America in this realm. In two colleges, in my classroom teaching, I had more than doubled the beginning Chinese class enrollment in just one year. As you all know, China has risen to be the biggest economic body of the world, and Chinese has become the second most learned language in American Colleges and secondary schools. Learning Chinese will earn you a great advantage in career opportunities in today’s world. It is the language of business and politics, education and government.


This course allows you to learn one full year’s college Chinese curriculum in just two months and save you more than 10 thousand dollars of college tuition. It has 8 sections and about 120 lectures, altogether 18 hours. You will learn the same range of vocabulary, grammar and situational dialogues as a classroom student would learn in a whole year, including pinyin sound system, writing system, written character stroke order, grammar and situational dialogues such as greetings, family, dates and time, hobbies, making appointments, visiting friends, etc.


In this course I adopt the same methods of teaching as in a classroom setting for 16 years: As in the classroom, I adopt an interactive, immersive method of teaching and practicing vocabulary and grammar. To put it more specifically, as soon as I introduce 7-10 vocabularies, I will ask you to pause the slide and have an intense, flash memory of these vocabularies in 1-2 minutes: their sound, meaning and usage, then I will turn to a new slide with only pictures and no written Chinese vocabularies, you will do oral exercises with these vocabularies: such as describe the pictures, answer my questions with the visual cues, or translating, in the time space I give you after each question, before I provide the correct answer for you to check whether you did it right. Such methods bring teaching, reviewing, testing and application into a quick circulation resembling immersive learning of language: you have to be alert in absorbing language information, memorizing and applying it to immediate use on the spot. The same method is used for teaching the grammar. For the text, I will lead you to read the text two times, give you time space to repeat after me sentence by sentence to ensure the accuracy of your pronunciation and tone. For the third time, you will just listen to my reading of the text, and afterwards answer my questions in the space I provide you after each question, and then listen to my answer to check your correctness. In order to practice writing, I demonstrate the stroke order of each Chinese character you will learn, in a PDF document, adding one stroke after another in the correct order and recording each process. After 2-3 lessons there will be a unit test, and there is a final exam after 7 lessons.


In order to learn from this course, you will spend half an hour each day. Each lesson has two dialogues, for each dialogue, you will spend two days. For the first day, you will learn the vocabulary, grammar and the text on my two powerpoint videos. For the second day, you will review them and practice writing characters according to my character stroke order PDF document. So, for each lesson you spend about 4 days. You have 14 lessons, which means that you will spend 56 days in total, and you can spend 4 days in the beginners introduction section with its; teaching of sound and writing system, so you will finish the course in two months. 

    After taking this course, you will be able to:

    • You will achieve the same degree of proficiency as a classroom Chinese student who studied for one semester, and at the same time save 6 thousand dollars of college tuition.
    • After this beginners 1 class, I will soon publish 5 more courses in the sequence: Beginning 2, the intermediate 1 and 2, and advanced level 1-2 online course.
    • After six months, you can reach the advanced level of college Chinese that other students have to study 3 years in the college classroom and save 36000 dollars of college tuition.
    • You will not only be fluent in daily conversation, but also in advanced discussion of social, economic and cultural topics.

    This course is for professionals within the following business functions:

    • Such a course is perfect for college undergraduate and graduate students as well as adult open learnerswho have no time and enough financial resources to study Chinese in the classroom setting. They would acquire the same degree of proficiency in two months as those classroom students who studied one year in a classroom setting, thus speed up their learning process, at the same time save tens of thousands of dollars in tuition. Since the course is based on the same range of vocabulary, grammar and situational dialogue topics as college Chinese in most universities, they can be advantageously placed in placement test, even if in the future they want to take higher level of Chinese in classroom setting. As a professor of Chinese who taught for 16 years at prestigious liberal arts colleges and universities, my teaching methods in this online course is exactly the same as I conducted classroom teaching for years.

    • This course is also terrific for middle school and high school students who are learning or want to learn Chinese. Secondary school Chinese classes are usually too slow-paced and taught with different range of vocabulary, grammar and dialogues from that of college Chinese, which make these students be placed at a great disadvantage in the college placement tests of Chinese when they go to college. Sometimes, 4-6 years of learning Chinese at secondary school level only amounts to less than 1 year at college level. This course prevents such waste.

    • Because this course is exceedingly systematic, thorough and methodological in introducing Chinese sound system, writing system, character stroke orders, grammar and various performance of daily conversation, any learner of Mandarin Chinese, above the age of 10, would greatly benefit from learning this course. The use of hundreds of entertaining powerpoint images bring teaching, reviewing, testing and application into a quick circulation, similar to the immersion learning mode when students have to be highly alert to learn, remember, apply, and perform functionally in quick succession. it simulates classroom interaction between the students and the teacher through exercises (describing pictures, answer questions about texts or pictures, translating using learned vocabulary and grammar ) following introduction of language knowledge at every short turn.

    • For students or adults who are learning Chinese in the classroom, this course also provides additional reviewing materials and strengthens your language ability and performative level.

      1. Chapter 1: Introduction of the Course - 12 Minutes

        1. Promo Video 1
        2. Introduction of the Course
        3. Introduction of the Course
        4. Study guide
      2. Chapter 2: Introduction of Chinese Sound and Writing System - 100 Minutes

        1. Pinyin simple finals and tones
        2. Simple finals and tones PDF
        3. Pinyin initials part 1
        4. Initials part 1
        5. Pinyin tone practice
        6. Tone Practice
        7. Pinyin initials part 2
        8. Initials part 2
        9. Pinyin compound finals 1
        10. Compound finals 1
        11. Pinyin compound finals part 2
        12. Compound finals part 2
        13. Pinyin compound finals part 3
        14. Compound finals part 3
        15. Special spelling rule
        16. Special spelling rule
        17. Pinyin Practice a Chinese Poem
        18. Pinyin Practice of a classical Chinese poem PDF
        19. Chinese Writing System
        20. Chinese writing system PDF
        21. Basic Chinese Radicals part 1
        22. Basic Chinese Radicals part 1 PDF
        23. Basic Chinese Radicals Part 2
        24. Basic Chinese Radicals Part 2
        25. Basic Chinese Strokes part 1
        26. Basic Chinese Strokes
        27. Chinese Stroke Order PDF
        28. Chinese Stroke Order
      3. Chapter 3: Lesson 1 and 2: Greetings and Family - 70 Minutes

        1. Lesson 1 vocabulary and grammar 1 Greetings
        2. Lesson 1 vocabulary and grammar 1 PDF
        3. Lesson 1 text 1 Greetings
        4. Lesson 1 text 1 PDF
        5. Lesson 1 text 1 character stroke order PDF
        6. Lesson 1 text 1 acting video Greetings
        7. Lesson 1 vocabulary and grammar 2 Greetings
        8. Lesson 1 vocabulary and grammar 2 PDF
        9. Lesson 1 text 2 Greetings
        10. Lesson 1 text 2 PDF
        11. Lesson 1 text 2 character stroke order PDF
        12. Lesson 1 text 2 acting video Greetings
        13. Lesson 2 vocabulary and grammar 1
        14. Lesson 2 vocabulary and grammar 1 Family
        15. Lesson 2 Text 1 Family
        16. Lesson 2 text 1 Family
        17. Lesson 2 text 1 character stroke order
        18. Lesson 2 text 1 acting video Family
        19. Lesson 2 text 2 Family
        20. Lesson 2 vocabulary and grammar 2
        21. Lesson 2 vocabulary and grammar 2
        22. Lesson 2 text 2 acting video Family
        23. Lesson 2 text 2 character stroke order PDF
        24. Lesson 2 text 2 Family
        25. Lesson 1 and 2 unit test and answers
      4. Chapter 4: Lesson 3 and 4: Time and Hobbies - 110 Minutes

        1. Lesson 3 vocabulary and grammar 1  part 1
        2. Lesson 3 vocabulary and grammar 1 part 2
        3. Lesson 3 vocabulary and grammar 1 Time
        4. Lesson 3 text 1Time
        5. Lesson 3 text 1 Time
        6. Lesson 3 text 1 character stroke order Time
        7. Lesson 3 text 1 acting video Time
        8. Lesson 3 vocabulary and grammar 2
        9. Lesson 3 vocabulary and grammar 2
        10. Lesson 3 text 2 Time 
        11. Lesson 3 text 2 Time
        12. Lesson 3 text 2 character stroke Time
        13. Lesson 3 text 2 acting video Time 
        14. Lesson 4 vocabulary and grammar 1
        15. Lesson 4 vocabulary and grammar 1 Hobbies PDF
        16. Lesson 4 text 1 Hobbies
        17. Lesson 4 text 1 Hobbies
        18. Lesson 4 text 1 character stroke order
        19. Lesson 4 text 1 acting video Hobbies
        20. Lesson 4 vocabulary and grammar 2
        21. Lesson 4 vocabulary and grammar 2 Hobbies
        22. Lesson 4 text 2 Hobbies
        23. Lesson 4 text 2 Hobbies
        24. Lesson 4 text 2 character stroke order Hobbies
        25. Lesson 4 dialogue 2 acting video Hobbies
        26. Lesson 3 and 4 unit test and answers
      5. Chapter 5: Lesson 5, 6, 7: Visit Friends; Make Appointment; Study Chinese - 160 Minutes

        1. Lesson 5 vocabulary and grammar 1 visiting friends
        2. Lesson 5 vocabulary and grammar 1 visiting friends
        3. Lesson 5 text 1 visit friends
        4. Lesson 5 text 1 visit friends PDF
        5. Lesson 5 text 1 character stroke order PDF visit friends
        6. Lesson 5 text 1 acting video visit friends
        7. Lesson 5 vocabulary and grammar 2 visit friends
        8. Lesson 5 vocabulary and grammar 2 visit friends
        9. Lesson 5 text 2 visit friends
        10. Lesson 5 text 2 visit friends PDF
        11. Lesson 5 text 2 character stroke order visit friends
        12. Lesson 5 text 2 acting video visit friends
        13. Lesson 6 vocabulary and grammar1 make appointment
        14. Lesson 6 vocabulary and grammar1 make appointment
        15. Lesson 6 text 1 make appointments
        16. Lesson 6 text 1 PDF make appointment
        17. Lesson 6 text 1 character stroke order PDF make appointment
        18. Lesson 6 text 1 acting video Making Appointments
        19. Lesson 6 vocabulary and grammar 2 make appointment
        20. Lesson 6 vocabulary and grammar 2 PDF make appointment
        21. Lesson 6 text 2 make appointment
        22. Lesson 6 text 2 make appointment
        23. Lesson 6 text 2 character stroke order PDF make appointment
        24. Lesson 6 text 2 acting video Make Appointments
        25. Lesson 7 vocabulary and grammar 1 study Chinese 
        26. Lesson 7 vocabulary and grammar 1 study Chinese 
        27. Lesson 7 text 1 Study Chinese
        28. Lesson 7 text 1 Study Chinese
        29. Lesson 7 text 1 character stroke order PDF Study Chinese
        30. Lesson 7 text 1 acting video Study Chinese
        31. Lesson 7 vocabulary and grammar 2 Study Chinese
        32. Lesson 7 vocabulary and grammar 2 Study Chinese
        33. Lesson 7 text 2 Study Chinese
        34. Lesson 7 text 2 PDF study Chinese
        35. Lesson 7 text 2 character stroke order PDF study Chinese
        36. Lesson 7 text 2 acting video Study Chinese
        37. Lesson 5, 6, 7 unit test and answers
        38. Final Exam and Answers

      About the Expert

      Hong Zeng

      Hong Zeng

      I am an award-winning professor of Chinese. I have taught Mandarin Chinese at all levels in prestigious American colleges altogether for 16 years. I have taught nine years as a tenure-track professor of Chinese at Carleton College, ranked No. 1 in undergraduate teaching in all liberal arts colleges in America, and have directed the Chinese program for two years at Hamline University (the first university in Minnesota). In both my second year coming to Carleton and Hamline, I more than doubled their Beginning Chinese Class enrollment. I have also taught at Swarthmore College, College of William and Mary and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I have two PhDs, one in Chinese and comparative literature from UNC, Chapel Hill, the other in second language education, literary translation and English literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. I have published five books in America (including two from Macmillan) on Chinese and comparative literature, film study, language study and language philosophy that are well-endorsed by world-renowned experts and book review journals in my field. I have earned 30000 dollars large grant from Asian Network in Chinese study.
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