Online course in Languages & Cultures

Introduction to Chinese: Conversation

Learn how to hold a basic conversation in Chinese Mandarin and master around 150 Chinese words with this online language course.

  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Learn how to use Chinese words in the right context

Are you new to the Chinese language? Gain an introduction to Chinese conversation with this fun and interactive course. On this course, you will learn useful words and expressions that will help you navigate your way through China.

You will cover greetings and introductions as well as basic tasks like asking for directions and ordering meals. You will also build your knowledge of traditional and popular Chinese culture. By the end of this course, you will have learnt approximately 150 new words that will help you with more advanced Chinese language courses in the future.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Greetings and Self-introduction
  • Family Members and Different Jobs
  • Ordering Things and Making Payments
  • Dates and Time
  • Weather and Health
  • Directions and Plans

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 10 Jun 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore approximately 150 vocabulary words
  • Demonstrate proper usage of vocabulary within context of use
  • Apply some sentences in daily communication and achieve language proficiency of New HSK 1
  • Understand some similarities and differences between Chinese culture and one’s own culture

Who is the course for?

This course is for beginners wanting to learn Chinese and become more familiar with Chinese culture.

Who will you learn with?

Yanli Zhang

Yanli Zhang

Professor and Dean of School of Chinese Studies and Exchange, Shanghai International Studies University. Have been working as a teacher of English and later Chinese since 1994.

Li Hui

Li Hui

A Chinese teacher at Shanghai International Studies University, having been teaching Chinese to the beginners of other languages for seven years.

Yameng Li

Yameng Li

Instructor at Shanghai International Studies University. Has been teaching Chinese at different levels to foreign language speakers for seven years.

Who developed the course?

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), established in 1949, is one of the earliest institutions where China’s higher education in foreign languages took shape.

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