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Learn Chinese: Introduction to Chinese Conversation

Shanghai International Studies University via FutureLearn


Learn Chinese greetings to begin a basic conversation

Are you new to the Chinese language? On this six-week interactive course, you’ll be introduced to useful words and expressions to help you build confidence in speaking Chinese Mandarin.

You’ll start with greetings and introductions before moving onto everyday tasks such as ordering meals and asking for directions to help you navigate your way through China.

Gain an insight into Chinese culture

Throughout the course, you’ll learn how to use Chinese words and phrases in the right context. From family members and different jobs to talking about the weather and health, you’ll understand how to discuss different topics in Chinese Mandarin.

You’ll also build your knowledge of traditional and popular Chinese culture to help you understand more about the language you’re learning.

Study alongside professors at Shanghai International Studies University

By the end of this course, you will know approximately 150 new words and feel confident using Chinese vocabulary in the right setting.

You’ll learn from top professors and teachers at the Shanghai International Studies University who will help you build a solid foundation to progress to more advanced Chinese language courses in the future.

This course is part of the Introduction to Mandarin Chinese ExpertTrack, a comprehensive set of courses to help you learn how to speak, write, and pronounce Chinese Mandarin.

This course is designed for beginners who want to learn the Chinese language and become more familiar with Chinese Culture.


  • Greetings and Self-introduction
    • Greetings
    • Self-introduction
    • Chinese Characters
  • Family Members and Different Jobs
    • Family Members
    • Jobs and Hobbies
    • Chinese Characters
  • Ordering things and Making payments
    • Talking about Food and Drinks
    • Ordering and Paying the Bill
    • Chinese Characters
  • Dates and Time
    • Expressing Dates
    • Expressing Time
    • Chinese Characters
  • Weather and Health
    • Seasons and Weather
    • Talking about Health
    • Chinese Characters
  • Directions and Plans
    • Asking for Directions
    • Asking about Plans
    • Chinese Characters

Taught by

Monty King



4.9 rating at FutureLearn based on 45 ratings

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