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College Mandarin Chinese Curriculum Beginning Level 2

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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 - 11 Minutes

      1. Promo Video
      2. Introduction of the Course
      3. Study guide
    2. Chapter 2: Lesson 8, 9: School Life; Go Shopping - 105 Minutes

      1. Lesson 8 vocabulary and grammar 1 School Life
      2. Lesson 8 vocabulary and gramma 1 part 2
      3. Lesson 8 vocabulary and grammar 1 PDF School Life
      4. Lesson 8 Text 1 School Life
      5. Lesson 8 text 1 PDF School Life
      6. Lesson 8 dialogue 1 character stroke order PDF School Life 
      7. Lesson 8 acting video School Life
      8. Lesson 8 vocabulary and grammar 2 school life
      9. Lesson 8 vocabulary and grammar 2 PDF School Life
      10. Lesson 8 Text 2 School Life
      11. Lesson 8 Text 2 PDF School Life
      12. Lesson 8 text 2 character stroke order PDF
      13. Lesson 8 text 2 acting video School Life
      14. Lesson 9 vocabulary and grammar 1
      15. Lesson 9 vocabulary and grammar 1 PDF Go Shopping
      16. Lesson 9 text 1 Go Shopping
      17. Lesson 9 text 1 PDF Go Shopping
      18. Lesson 9 text 1 character stroke order PDF Go Shopping
      19. Lesson 9 text 1 acting video Go Shopping
      20. Lesson 9 vocabulary and grammar 2 Go Shopping
      21. Lesson 9 vocabulary and grammar 2 PDF Go Shopping 
      22. Lesson 9 text 2 Go Shopping 
      23. Lesson 9 text 2 PDF Go Shopping
      24. Lesson 9 text 2 Character Stroke Order PDF
      25. Lesson 9 text 2 acting video Go Shopping
    3. Chapter 10, 11: Traffic; Weather - 80 Minutes

      1. Lesson 10 vocabulary and grammar 1 Traffic
      2. Lesson 10 vocabulary and grammar 1 PDF traffic
      3. Lesson 10 text 1 Traffic
      4. Lesson 10 text 1 PDF traffic
      5. Lesson 10 text 1 character stroke order 1
      6. Lesson 10 text 1 acting video
      7. Lesson 10 vocabulary and grammar 2 Traffic
      8. Lesson 10 vocabulary and grammar 2 PDF Traffic
      9. Lesson 10 text 2 Traffic
      10. Lesson 10 text 2 PDF Traffic
      11. Lesson 10 text 2 character stroke order PDF Traffic
      12. Lesson 10 text 2 acting video Traffic
      13. Lesson 11 vocabulary and grammar 1 weather
      14. Lesson 11 vocabulary and grammar 1 PDF Weather
      15. Lesson 11 text 1 weather
      16. Lesson 11 text 1 PDF weather
      17. Lesson 11 text 1 charater stroke order PDF weather
      18. Lesson 11 text 1 acting video
      19. Lesson 11 vocabulary and grammar
      20. Lesson 11 vocabulary and grammar 2 PDF weather
      21. Lesson 11 text 2 weather
      22. Lesson 11 text 2 PDF weather 
      23. Lesson 11 text 2 character stroke order
      24. Lesson 11 text 2 acting video weather
    4. Lesson 12, 13, 14: Dining; Ask Direction; Birthday Party - 130 Minutes

      1. Lesson 12 vocabulary and grammar 1 dining
      2. Lesson 12 vocabulary and grammar 1 PDF Dining
      3. Lesson 12 text 1 dining
      4. Lesson 12 text 1 character stroke order PDF Dining
      5. Lesson 12 text 1 PDF dining
      6. Lesson 12 text 1 acting video dining
      7. Lesson 12 vocabulary and grammar 2
      8. Lesson 12 vocabulary and grammar 2 PDF Dining
      9. Lesson 12 text 2 dining
      10. Lesson 12 text 2 PDF Dining 
      11. Lesson 12 text 2 character stroke order
      12. Lesson 12 text 2 acting video dining
      13. Lesson 13 vocabulary and grammar 1 ask direction
      14. Lesson 13 vocabulary and grammar 1 ask direction pdf
      15. Lesson 13 text 1 ask for directions
      16. Lesson 13 text 1 character stroke order PDF Ask Direction
      17. Lesson 13 text 1 PDF Ask Direction
      18. Lesson 13 text 1 acting vdeo ask for direction
      19. Lesson 13 vocabulary and grammar 2 ask for direction
      20. Lesson 13 vocabulary and grammar 2 PDF Ask Direction
      21. Lesson 13 text 2 ask for direction
      22. Lesson 13 text 2 PDF Ask Direction
      23. Lesson 13 character stroke order PDF Ask Direction 
      24. Lesson 13 text 2 acting video ask for direction
      25. Lesson 14 vocabulary and grammar 1 Birthday Party
      26. Lesson 14 vocabulary and grammar 1 PDF Birthday Party
      27. Lesson 14 text 1 Birthday Party
      28. Lesson 14 text 1 PDF Birthday Party
      29. Lesson 14 text 1 character stroke order PDF Birthday Party 
      30. Lesson 14 text 1 acting video Birthday Party
      31. Lesson 14 vocabulary and grammar 2
      32. Lesson 14 vocabulary and grammar 2 PDF Birthday Party
      33. Lesson 14 text 2 Birthday Party
      34. Lesson 14 text 2 Birthday Party
      35. Lesson 14 text 2 character stroke order PDF
      36. Lesson 14 text 2 acting video

    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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