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Learn Mandarin: Shopping and Daily Life In Taiwan

Gain the essential vocabulary and Mandarin Chinese language skills to help you shop with ease in Taiwan.

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Learn Mandarin: Shopping and Daily Life In Taiwan

  • 3 weeks

  • 1 hour per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Develop your skills in Mandarin Chinese

This three-week course will help you develop your language knowledge to become more confident in communicating in Mandarin Chinese.

Designed for Mandarin learners who have already achieved level 1 according to the “Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL)” specification, this course will explore different shopping topics to help you use practical Chinese in daily life.

Through videos, interactive materials, and exploring real-life situations, you’ll follow step-by-step to increase your language skills with ease.

Learn essential Chinese grammar

Throughout the course, you’ll develop your Chinese grammar skills as you explore topics such as existential sentences with posture verbs and verb reduplication.

Delving into different scenarios, you’ll see the real-world applications of Chinese grammar to further develop your understanding.

Develop your breadth of Chinese vocabulary

To ensure you can discuss different shopping topics, you’ll learn key vocabulary to help you communicate how to pay by mobile, online, and shopping in different contexts.

You’ll gain the skills to successfully shop in convenient stores, department stores, online, supermarkets, and traditional markets.

Become more confident in your Mandarin language skills

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by the experts at National Chiao Tung University to ensure you finish with the knowledge and confidence to communicate in Mandarin Chinese.

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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

    Convenient Store and Market

    • I want to live in a convenient store

      We will learn three grammars: 1. V得了 or V不了 2. 才(only) 3. V到

    • Supermarket or the traditional market

      We will learn three grammars: 1. 趁 2. 讓 3. V+Vs一點

  • Week 2

    Department Stores and Online Shopping

    • The anniversary sale of department stores

      We will learn three grammars: 1. Existential Sentence with Posture Verbs. 2. V了V 3. V好

    • Online shopping

      We will learn three grammars: 1. 透過 2. 一M一M 3. 等A,就B

  • Week 3

    Mobile Payment and Goods

    • What is mobile payment?

      We will learn three grammars: 1. 越...越... 2. 像...一樣 3. 連...都...

    • That clock is out of stock now

      (to be added)

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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...

  • Apply conversation skills while shopping at convenience stores and department stores
  • Engage in online shopping
  • Apply skills to make mobile payments
  • Buying things in supermarket or traditional markets

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for learners who have already achieved level 1 according to the “Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL)” specification, which is equivalent to CEFR-A1.

Learners at this level spent 120-240 course hours in Chinese speaking areas and 240-480 course hours in non-Chinese speaking areas and they possess basic grammar and about 500 high-frequency vocabulary.

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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$104/one-off payment

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  • Discuss your learning in comments
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