This fun, interactive course is designed ideally for you if you are brand new to the study of Mandarin Chinese. In this basic introduction to the language, you will learn "survival" words and phrases by means of "Pinyin," which will, in turn, enable you to reproduce the Chinese you find in travel guides such as "Lonely Planet."
Please consider that:
Given that Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language, ear training is critical;
Since language reflects culture, this course will be offering you greater opportunity to experience the culture of China.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Distinguish and reproduce the four tones of the language;
Understand Pinyin, an invaluable Mandarin pronunciation guide, which uses the English alphabet. (You will not be expected to learn any Chinese characters at this level, so you can breathe easily.)
Use personal pronouns, self-introduction, greetings, common expressions like “Sorry,” “Thank you,” etc.
Online learning is when course delivery, and all associated learning activities, take place via the internet. For online learning tips, system requirements and differences between delivery styles, please visit our online learning webpages.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund, less a $15 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw within 6 calendar days after the official course start date. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card.
Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology
This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).