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Conversational Chinese: Leisure Activities and Daily Life

Learn to speak practical Chinese and discuss fun leisure activities and experiences popular in Taiwan.

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A Chinese grandfather holding his granddaughters hand, he is also holding a bottle of water and she holding a cup of popcorn. They are in conversation as they are entering the movie theatre, having just brought movie tickets

Conversational Chinese: Leisure Activities and Daily Life

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  • 3 weeks

  • 1 hour per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Enhance your knowledge of conversational Chinese Mandarin

On this three-week course from National United University and National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, you’ll develop your current Chinese speaking skills, learning how to discuss popular leisure activities.

Using situational videos, you’ll contextualise your knowledge and learn how to apply your improved communication skills in real-life situations.

Learn common phrases and vocabulary used in daily life

The vocabulary you’ll encounter on this course will help enrich your understanding and engagement of life in Taiwan.

You’ll examine how to take part in common activities including travelling on the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in Taiwan, learning how to buy tickets and to plan your journey. You’ll gain the confidence to engage in a variety of pastimes, helping to enrich your experience whilst visiting the country.

Whether you’re interested in karaoke and TV, or you prefer hiking in the great outdoors, this course will give you the tools to ensure your social life stays busy.

You’ll gain insights into the interests of young people in Taiwan, and learn how to chat about activities from board games to snorkelling. You’ll then explore how to invite your friends along to your chosen activity.

Improve your Chinese grammar and learn to use connectives in conversation

On each week of this course, you’ll begin by examining everyday situations before focussing on a range of vocabulary and grammatical features such as connectives. This learning will take your Chinese speaking skills to the next level and improve your fluency in conversation.

By the end of this course, you’ll have enhanced your vocabulary and grammar skills, gaining particular knowledge of common leisure activities in Taiwan and beyond.

Skip to 0 minutes and 17 seconds Hello everyone. I’m Tracy. You are now taking a Mandarin course about daily life in Taiwan. This course has 5 different topics, which are leisure life, travel, shopping, diets and health. The content is suitable for Mandarin learners with intermediate level. I hope you will enjoy the classes and make the best use of them.


  • Week 1

    MRT and Movie

    • Taipei MRT is so convenient

      In this activity, you will learn about the characteristics of the Taipei MRT, how to take the MRT, and how it relates to the lives of people in Taipei.

    • Which movie do you want to see?

      Do you like watching movies? What kind of movie do you like to watch? In this lesson, you will learn how to buy movie tickets in Taiwan. In addition, you can also buy additional meals at the cinema.

  • Week 2

    Climbing and KTV

    • Let's go climb a mountain

      Do you like exercising? In this activity, you will learn new words related to exercise.

    • Let's go to a KTV at eight this evening

      Does your country have KTV? In this lesson, you will learn about the characteristics and culture of Taiwan Karaoke (KTV).

  • Week 3

    Drama and leisure

    • There are many leisure activities for young people

      This topic is about the leisure activities of watching YouTube or drama series. Do you watch YouTube every day? You will learn about what drama series are currently popular in Taiwan.

    • What are the fun places to visit in Taiwan?

      This activity introduces the leisure activities that young people in Taiwan like now, including snorkelling and board games. What are the popular leisure activities of young people in your country?

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What will you achieve?

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

  • After completing this course, you can use Chinese: 1. Take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) in Taiwan 2. Buy movie tickets 3. Talk about the leisure activities of young people in Taiwan 4. Invite friends for karaoke (KTV)

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for learners who already have some knowledge of spoken Mandarin, having a basic grasp of Chinese grammar and high-frequency vocabulary. Learners taking part on this course should have already achieved level 1 according to the “Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL)” specification, which is equivalent to CEFR-A1.

Who will you learn with?

I'm Assistant Professor in National United University. Learning Mandarin is fun and easy, just like the way we drink milk tea. If you do not believe me, let's join our course then you will see.

Hi! I’m Yi Hsuan/Tracy. I am a Mandarin teacher. Nice to meet you!

Who developed the course?

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU)

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) was originally founded in Shanghai in 1896 and was re-established in Hsinchu, Taiwan in 1958.

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