Mandarin for Expatriates – Beginner

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to do the following:
1. Identify the phonetic system of the Chinese language;
2. Produce and use basic Chinese grammar and structure;
3. Command the vocabulary and expressions commonly used in daily life and work place;
4. Reading and understand short passage written in Chinese character or Pinyin;
5. Discuss Chinese culture and topics of daily life.

Communicative Topics Outline

1.  Greetings & Farewell
2.  Names & Titles
3.  Nationalities & Languages
4.  Days and Dates
5.  Time & Daily Routine
6.  Addresses & Telephone Numbers
7.  Family Members
8.  Work & Professions
9.  Interest & Abilities
10. Invitation & Appointment
11. Telephoning & Messages
12. Shops & Shopping
13. Size & Style
14. Colors and Clothing
15. Food and Drinks
16.  Drinks
17. Hotel & Services
18. Directions
19. Travel & Transport
20. Compliments & Well-wishing

Language Points

1. Basic Phonetic System of the Chinese Language

(1) Pronunciation
(2) Recognizing four tones
(3) Recognizing consonant sounds
(4) Recognizing vowel sounds
(5) Recognizing intonation
(6) Listening to dialogues
(7) Correct pronunciation
(8) Four tones
(9) Consonant sounds
(10) Vowel sounds
(11) Intonation
(12) Participating in short dialogues

2. Basic Chinese Grammar Structures

(1) Word order in a Chinese sentence
(2) Sentences with an adjectival predicate
(3) Sentences with a verbal predicate
(4) “Shi” and “You” sentences
(5) Questions with an interrogative pronoun
(6) Affirmative-negative questions
(7) Position of adverbs and prepositions
(8) Numeral-measure words
(9) Ways of telling the time
(10) Order of the year, month, day and hour
(11) Particle “Le”
(12) Attributives and structural particle “De”

3. Reading Simple Texts

(1) Recognizing basic Chinese characters
(2) Reading dialogues
(3) Texts in traditional or simplified form

4. Chinese Culture

(1) Simple topics of daily life
(2) Chinese arts, people and places

 

Course Type

1. Private Tuition
2. Group Class

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