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College Spoken Chinese Fast Class Beginning 1: The Quickest Way of Learning Conversational Chinese

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Course Description

I am excited to announce to you that here comes the fastest class for acquiring spoken Chinese. The quickest way of acquiring spoken language is the way we learned a language during our childhood: from mouth to mouth, without any written script. While without an explaining medium language, a baby has to figure out the meaning of the sentences from recurring situations. We, as adult learners, can even further enhance the speed by minimal, explaining medium language (here is English). This course is the first sequel of a four-course "College Spoken Chinese Series: The quickest way of learning conversational Chinese". Each course takes you only 4 hours (30-40 minutes each day for the two dialogues of each lesson, you can finish the course in a week), the four courses will allow you to master spoken Chinese included in two year's college Chinese curriculum (without the written character requirement of course) in just 16 hours. Not just random teaching of some key sentences in a situation, but full-body real-life conversation that encompasses exactly two year's college, Chinese curriculum (based on the same range of vocabulary, grammar and situation dialogues)!


Each dialogue is taught in three lectures. The first lecture will teach you the meaning of each phrase and sentence in the dialogue with the help of medium language---English, but the main emphasis is to lead you speak after me through the whole dialogue as soon as you understand them. During this lecture, you may glance at the printed out PDF of the text with its pinyin text for identifying the sound with my talk-head pronunciation, particularly students who have never studied pinyin and not familiar with Chinese pronunciation. In the second lecture, I will lead you to speak through the text twice and practice the dialogue with you in a new, invented context where we act as two sides speaking the dialogue. The third lecture is an acting video in which you can review your dialogue and speak after me again. I didn't put in pinyin subtitles in the talking head videos, because I think it will distract you from recalling the full sentence you speak after me. Instead, you will just spell out the pinyin one by one mechanically, without being able to duplicate the full sentence language out of your memory when you speak after me. After the first lecture, you should not even look at the PDF while speaking after me, you should speak after me like a child learning his/her first language---from mouth to mouth, observing the mouth shape in pronunciation, imitate the pronunciation and tones as closely as possible, draw from memory the whole sentence structure after you’ve heard it, on the spot. That is how you can maximize the speed of learning a spoken language. 


You will see after four hours; you are able to speak, with near native-speaker accuracy and fluency some major situational dialogues, the content of which a college student has to learn in one full semester (without the written requirement), in five months. 

    After taking this course, you will be able to:

    • You will be able to conduct conversation fluently in all realms of daily life, including greeting, family, time, hobbies, visit friends, make appointments, study Chinese, school life, go shopping, weather, traffic, dining, library, renting an apartment, booking airplane ticket, traveling, etc.
    • You will see after four hours; you are able to speak, with near native-speaker accuracy and fluency some major situational dialogues, the content of which a college student has to learn in one full semester (without the written requirement), in five months. 

    This course is for professionals within the following business functions:

    • This sequence can be for any new-learners of Chinese, but don't mistake it for just new learners! It is immeasurably valuable for those students who have already studied Chinese for years but need to make his/her pronunciation as accurate, his/her speech as fluent as native speakers through the teacher's all-talking head videos emphasizing the mouth shape of pronunciation, the correct tone and sentence cadence that you cannot acquire otherwise.

      1. Chapter 1: Introduction - 22 Minutes

        1. Introduction of the Course
        2. Introduction of the Course PDF
        3. Study guide
        4. Introduction to Pinyin: Simple Finals, Tones, Tone Practice
        5. Introduction to Pinyin: Compound finals, initials, pinyin practice of a classical Chinese poem
        6. Special spelling rule
      2. lesson 1, 2: Greetings and Family - 45 Minutes

        1. Lesson 1 text 1 PDF Greetings (please print out for later lecture use)
        2. Lesson 1 text 1part 1 Greetings
        3. Lesson 1 text 1 part 2 Greetings
        4. Lesson 1 text 1 acting video
        5. Lesson 1 text 2 PDF Greetings (print out for later lecture use)
        6. Lesson 1 text 2 part 1 Greetings
        7. Lesson 1 text 2 part 2 Greetings
        8. Lesson 1 text 2 acting video Greetings
        9. Lesson 2 text 1 PDF (print out please)
        10. Lesson 2 text 1 part 1 Family
        11. Lesson 2 text 1 part 2 Family
        12. Lesson 2 dialogue 1 acting video
        13. Lesson 2 text 2 PDF 
        14. Lesson 2 text 2 part 1 Family
        15. Lesson 2 text 2 part 2 Family
        16. Lesson 2 text 2 acting video Family
      3. Chapter 3: Lesson 3 and  4: Time and Hobbies - 60 Minutes

        1. Lesson 3 text 1 PDF
        2. Lesson 3 text 1 part 1 Time
        3. Lesson 3 text 1 part 2 Time
        4. Lesson 3 text 1 acting video Time
        5. Lesson 3 text 2 PDF
        6. Lesson 3 text 2 part 1 Time
        7. Lesson 3 text 2 part 2 Time
        8. Lesson 3 text 2 acting video Time
        9. Lesson 4 text 1 PDF
        10. Lesson 4 text 1 part 1 Time
        11. Lesson 4 text 1 part 2  Time
        12. Lesson 4 text 1 acting video
        13. Lesson 4 text 2 PDF
        14. Lesson 4 text 2 part 1 Time
        15. Lesson 4 text 2 part 2 Time
        16. Lesson 4 text 2 acting video Hobbies
      4. Chapter 4: Lesson 5, 6, 7: visit friends; make appointment; study Chinese - 80 Minutes

        1. Lesson 5 Text 1 PDF
        2. Lesson 5 text 1 part 1 visit friends
        3. Lesson 5 text 1 part 2 visit friends
        4. Lesson 5 text 1 acting video visit friends
        5. Lesson 5 Text 2 PDF
        6. Lesson 5 text 2 part 1 make appointment
        7. Lesson 5 text 2 part 2 make appointment
        8. Lesson 5 text 2 acting video visit friends
        9. Lesson 6 text 1 PDF
        10. Lesson 6 text 1 part 1 make appointment
        11. Lesson 6 text 1 part 2 make appointment
        12. Lesson 6 text 1 acting video
        13. Lesson 6 text 2 PDF
        14. Lesson 6 text 2 part 1 make appointment
        15. Lesson 6 text 2 part 2 make appointment
        16. Lesson 6 text 2 acting video make appointment
        17. Lesson 7 text 1 PDF
        18. Lesson 7 text 1 part 1 study Chinese
        19. Lesson 7 text 1 part 2 study Chinese
        20. Lesson 7 text 1 acting video study Chinese
        21. Lesson 7 text 2 PDF
        22. Lesson 7 text 2 part 1 study Chinese
        23. Lesson 7 text 2 part 2 study Chinese
        24. Lesson 7 text 2 acting video study Chinese

      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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