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Contemporary Chinese III: 3.2

Discover key factors of Chinese culture such as naming rules and festivals while improving your Mandarin vocabulary and fluency.

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  • Duration

    6 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
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Delve deeper into Chinese culture and language rules

On this six-week course from Chinese Plus, you will continue to enhance your Chinese language skills at an intermediate level, while also exploring traditional Chinese culture and current Chinese society.

Learn about Chinese names and their meanings

Learning a language is also about understanding the culture. In Chinese culture, names are extremely important and have certain rules.

You’ll start this course by delving into Chinese names, how to talk about their meanings, and the cultural rules around choosing a Chinese name.

Explore Chinese legends, folk customers, and traditional festivals

Vocabulary building is fundamental for language learning. Throughout this course, you will master key vocabulary related to topics including legends, Confucius culture, and festival celebrations.

Through this vocabulary, you’ll also gain insights into the cultural context of Chinese legends and festivals, such as the Dragon Boat Festival, Spring Festival, and the Tomb Sweeping Festival.

Expand your skills for talking about work and family in Mandarin Chinese

Being proficient in a language requires taking part in real-life communication. On this course, you’ll explore Chinese family relations and how to talk about part-time jobs and occupations in more detail.

You will also learn about grammatical sentence structures, reviewing important grammatical devices to develop your language skills. You‘ll learn the extended uses of directional complements, as well as common prepositions, adverbs, and conjunctions.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    All under heaven are one family

    • Welcome to Contemporay Chinese III: 3.2

      Welcome to Contemporary Chinese III: 3.2. In this part, we will provide basic information about this course.

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • You can’t use the name "Mǎkèsī".

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “You can’t use the name Mǎkèsī” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Rules for choosing names.

      In this part, we will study an article about “Rules for choosing names” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

  • Week 2

    Legends about the Dragon Boat Festival

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • Why do they throw rice?

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “Why do they throw rice” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Legend of the White Snake.

      In this part, we will study an article about “Legend of the White Snake” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

  • Week 3

    Confucius moving his house

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • Who is Confucius?

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “Who is Confucius” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • The Shixi Study Room.

      In this part, we will study an article about “The Shixi Study Room” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

  • Week 4

    Part-time work and part-time study

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • They do every possible job.

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “They do every possible job” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Better wear formal clothes.

      In this part, we will study an article about “Better wear formal clothes” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

  • Week 5

    I borrow, I return.

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • I am not going to pay them back.

      In this part, we will study a dialogue about “I am not going to pay them back” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Can you afford to pay us back?

      In this part, we will study an article about “Can you afford to pay us back” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

  • Week 6

    Have a happy holiday!

    • Weekly Overview

      In this part, we will list out the weekly learning objectives and provide you with the warm-up activity to get ready for your Chinese study journey for this week.

    • More and more festivals.

      In this part, we will study an article about “More and more festivals” and we will mainly focus on vocabulary learning and text comprehension.

    • Language Points

      In this part, we will summarize the language points and provide exercises to help you master them in a practical way. Please remember that always do a review if needed.

    • Weekly Summary

      In this part, we will summarize the key sentences for practical use and there also will be Chinese cultural notes for your reference. In addition, the weekly exercises will be provided to evaluate your learning outcomes.

    • Test & Summary

      In this part, we will provide an overall test consisting of two sections for this course and summarize what we have learned in this course.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify key categories of vocabulary
  • Collect more grammatical structures and sentence patterns
  • Create conversations and short paragraphs
  • Practice narrating stories and reading more complex texts
  • Demonstrate communication skills in Chinese
  • Engage in wider range of topics related to current China
  • Explore aspects of Chinese culture
  • Develop general knowledge of China

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning the Chinese language. To benefit from this course, you will need a good command of basic to intermediate Chinese words, expressions, and grammatical structures.

It is recommended that you complete both the Contemporary Chinese 1 ExpertTrack and the Contemporary Chinese 2 ExpertTrack first as they will give you the foundation you need for this course.

Who will you learn with?

AFHEA, a Chinese teacher from Fudan University, has been teaching Chinese in China, Cameroon, Ecuador, the UK and Australia (remotely) for over ten years.

Who developed the course?

ChinesePlus

Chinese Plus lends support to domestic and foreign educational institutions, social organizations, and enterprises to take part in Online Chinese Class and set up localized platforms to conduct remote online Chinese education. It offers an all-in-one service package that includes online “teaching, learning, testing, and researching” as well as Chinese-centered online preparatory courses and “Chinese + vocational education” courses, among other services.

  • Established

    2020
  • Location

    Beijing, China

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