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Learn Chinese: An Introduction to Mandarin

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Build your confidence in speaking and writing Mandarin Chinese by learning useful words and phrases, pronunciation, and grammar.

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Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)

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Discover the world's most commonly spoken language

Did you know colloquially 1 in 5 people can speak Chinese? Join the biggest language community in the world and learn to speak Chinese with this ExpertTrack from Shanghai International Studies University.

Whether you’re preparing for a holiday, doing business in China, or simply seeking to learn a new language, this series of courses will help you build your skills and confidence in speaking, writing, and translating the Chinese language.

As well as building your communication skills, you’ll gain an insight into traditional and popular Chinese culture, and virtually explore the historical sights of China. You’ll also be able to experience the local customs to become more comfortable in using the language.

Learn how to hold a basic conversation in Mandarin

You’ll learn hundreds of new words and master useful phrases to help you navigate Mandarin Chinese conversations.

By learning words in the right context, you’ll understand how to use Chinese greetings, discuss family members, ask for directions, and more to build your confidence in speaking the Chinese language.

Develop your pronunciation skills

Learn how to demonstrate accurate and impressive pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese as you delve into phonetics, tones, and syllables.

You’ll also learn how to use Pinyin, a widely-used tool to help you master Chinese pronunciation.

Delve into Chinese grammar

Gain knowledge of grammar to improve your writing, speaking, and translating skills. You’ll learn syntax, semantics, and pragmatics to give you a deeper understanding of Mandarin Chinese language and how to communicate accurately.

Study alongside the experts at Shanghai International Studies University

You’ll learn from top language professors and teachers from the Shanghai International Studies University. This interactive ExpertTrack features videos and audio content to help further your learning, as well as peer exercises and realistic simulations to help you practice your pronunciations.

By the end of this ExpertTrack, you’ll have the skills and confidence to start comfortably communicating in Mandarin Chinese.

Key skills you will learn

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Chinese Culture
  • Chinese Grammar
  • Chinese Characters
  • Linguistics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language

Experience required

This ExpertTrack is designed for anyone interested in learning the Chinese language and culture. Whether you’re learning Chinese for business or fun, this course will help you join the biggest language community in the world.

Getting started

You don’t need any prior experience to joining this ExpertTrack. This course will suit you if you’re interested in building your language skills and confidence in speaking Mandarin Chinese

ExpertTrack course overview

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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How ExpertTracks work

Join an ExpertTrack to master new skills in your chosen specialist area. Work through a series of topic-focused courses at your own pace, and pass the final assessment to earn a digital certificate award which proves your expertise.

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Keep learning for $39/month

Pay a monthly subscription fee of $39 for as long as it takes you to complete the ExpertTrack. You can learn at your own pace and cancel at any time.

Earn digital certificates

Receive a certificate for every completed course and pass the final assessment to earn a digital certificate.

Become an expert

Use your specialist training to progress further in your career or build expertise in areas you’re passionate about.

World-class learning with Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)

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

Meet your instructors

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.

Teacher at Shanghai International Studies University. Have been teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages for 10 years.

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

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

Associate professor of School of Chinese Studies and Exchange, Shanghai International Studies University,has been teaching non-native speakers Chinese over 25 years.

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  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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