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Tsinghua University

Tsinghua Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People

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Overview

This introductory Chinese language course will emphasize basic language skills for everyday life in Mandarin speaking countries.

The course utilizes pinyin, the standard system of Romanized spelling for transliterating Chinese, so learners will find it easy to understand and study the language.

The course is composed of several parts: Dialogues (taught through pinyin), listening comprehension exercises (in real-world situations), Chinese characters (frequently used in daily life), Mandarin songs, and Tea Time (tips for self-study).

This course is for anyone interested in learning Mandarin Chinese, especially if you plan to work or study in Mandarin-speaking countries. The course is also a good start toward the HSK Chinese proficiency test.

Taught by

Xia Ding, Xiaoning Wang, Li Lu and Yuan Li

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 86 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I can't recommend this course enough. This is a masterclass on how an online course should be designed, and how a second language should be introduced. Whether you're living in China or overseas, a total novice or just need a refresher, there's something...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I've just finished the Mandarin Level 1 course given by Tsinghua University.
    The overall course was amazing. Not only very high quality content, and great lessons, but also very useful content for everyday living in China.
    The course is also very entertaining, mixing a back story that develops over the whole course.
    There are also great technological tips that make Mandarin learning, and living in China easier.

    This is an amazing course, everyone interested in starting to learn Mandarin should take it, and should expect completing it and being very motivated to keep on learning, just as I am right now.

    Xìexie.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is the best MOOC i've taken in my life, and i've taken quite a few. It's like being part of a TV show or a movie, where you are part of a story, get to meet characters, identify with them, and feel sad when it all ends. Except that instead of a movie it is your journey into the Chinese world.

    The teaching is top-notch, short, lucid videos, plenty of practice exercises, you learn how to write characters, totally practical spoken chinese, excellent actors and overall it is such a fun experience. Best part - its self-paced so no stress about meeting deadlines.

    Absolutely worth it.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The content is for beginner, but it's enjoyable to follow with Peter's story here and there. So it's not monotonous.

    Even the videos are broken down into one-minute chunks, since they know we're too lazy to watch anything above one-minute. I've learnt Mandarin before and grew tired of the basics already (I'm not saying that I'm proficient already; my real level seems to be stagnating in the basics).

    Overall, this course seems interesting as a review. Looking forward to more Peter's adventure.
  • Anonymous
    I have finished the Mandarin Chinese level 1 designed by Tsinghua and it was really helpful. The combination of common dialogue and character worked very well, I could both understand the use of simple Chinese in life and how to write them along. It is a great course for a beginner to start learning Mandarin. Thank the organizer team and teachers very much.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is one of the better beginner courses I've encountered. The stress on tone is quite good. The character lessons are also insightful, although I must emphasize that Wang Laoshi's stroke order is of utmost importance -- I don't think that was stressed enough. Grammar is not a huge deal in Mandarin, but students should be open-minded to some of the differences from European languages. I have already recommended this course to others, and will continue to do so.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is good for beginners, it provides a lot of useful phrases. The focus is less on writing, so if you seek to learn written Chinese, it might not be your cup of tea.

    2-3 questions in the quizzes were a bit unclear, and the speakers in the audio quizzes are a bit too fast for a complete beginner I think.

    I'd also like some basic phrases like: "I did not understand" or "Please talk a bit slower" included in that course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I started taking this course online having not the slightest idea of Mandarin Chinese. After weeks I have eventually finished it. Quite a journey I guess, but now I can communicate a little bit in Chinese though I have yet a lot more to learn. I love all the laoshi in this course that helped me with the pronunciation and the writing! Xie xie! Wo hen ai nimen
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I've just finished the Mandarin Level 1 course given by Tsinghua University.This is a very good course, and covers a lot. It is simply explained, interesting, designed in short palatable pieces and was also really fun.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Wonderful introduction to Mandarin. Clear pronunciations and guides. Enjoyable story-line and real world examples. Contagious and very evident authentic love for Mandarin and the Chinese culture. Wǒ àile!
  • Anonymous
    Nin Hao,

    Its been pleasure to learn chinese in such a well organzied course. Content is truly helpful to have a daily need conversation in chinese. Combination of tones and character leaning makes it even better.

    I will suggest when write a sentence in pinyin , please try to add chinese line below or above it. So it will help us more to get familiar with chinese charaters.

    Xie xie.

    Regards,

    Sharad

    India.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It is Very good and very clear. Helps a lot with basic understanding of everyday useage of the language. Will speak Chinese with more confidence now!
  • Anonymous
    It is very well prepared. Much work is done in the dedicated fashion of the great old days. I mean it might be a light course but it is not the sandwich type that some online instructors think is enough. It is also the work of a team which makes it wonderful. Thank you guys and keep your style. It costs more effort in preparation but it earns genuine appreciation.
  • Anonymous
    A good course that is easy to follow and covers most of the basics and is useful for beginning or supporting learning Chinese.

    However some features don't seem to work very smoothly (or at least this was my experience as someone taking the audit class) but this doesn't interfere with the lessons or information provided.
  • Anonymous
    If you want to learn the basic of Mandarin, this is a good start. :) Some tests and items don't work well, thought, but you'll still manage to go through it as the main course works well.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have loved this course!!!
    It has had a soul... That is not so usual for internet course.
    Teachers transmit you not only notions, but above all motivation.
    I will suggest it to my friends!

    Topics are explained in a very clear way, above all the tone pronunciation with the scheme behind the pinyin phrases.
    The character sections are well organized as well, with a short description / drawing of the history of ancient and current shape. This helps to memorize it.
    Also the short video at the end of each chapter helps the student.

    Fully approved! Thank you
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The overall course makes a person ready to visit china without needing a tourist guide. There are a lot of dialogues, hearing exercises which teach a lot about tones and the way common people say things. However, very less emphasis has been placed on writing and reading Chinese characters, only very basic characters have been taught by wang laoshi. And only a single PDF of the dialogues was provided, I would have appreciated more reading material on nouns, verbs, and Chinese culture, I would say it is not enough to clear HSK-1.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really appreciated the quality and the organization of the course. This is not my first online class and I had certain expectations to be matched. Most importantly organization, progress and workload on a weekly basis was important aspects I looked for. Each lesson was organized properly, each week the course managed to keep my attention and interest high.

    I recommend this to anyone starting out learning Chinese, this course is one of the best ways to start!

    Thanks Tsinghua University!
    xièxie nĭmen!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I don't think this course was that great. It is ok as a beginner's course. But it is definitely not enough to be able to start communicating with 1.3 billion people. I believe the name itself is deceiving. By all means.. you could take this course if you're purely introductory level.. but please enroll with a teacher if you intend to go to China.. don't expect to be able to communicate properly with 1.3 billion people with just this course alone.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am very happy and feel really lucky to have somehow known about this course. I am really grateful to everyone involved in organizing it. The faculty of Tsinghua have done a remarkable job in preparing this world-class Chinese course for the beginners and surely deserve all praise for it. Would be glad to take next level of Mandarin MOOC from Tsinghua University in the future. Anxiously waiting for the next course!
    wo hen gaoxing, xiexie nimen, zaijian!

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