The language of the ruling class during the waning days of the Ming Dynasty, Mandarin Chinese has evolved into the language of the future as China has emerged as a major economic power in the 21st century. Mandarin is the official tongue of mainland China and Taiwan and, with over 1 billion speakers, is the most widely spoken language in the world. Get a solid foundation in Mandarin—and deepen your understanding of China’s rich history—in this introductory level course. Instruction includes basic sentence patterns as well as an introduction to Pinyin, the system used to transcribe Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet. Students will learn how to use Chinese in real life as they discuss everyday topics such as greetings, family, dates and times, hobbies, and visiting friends. Textbook preliminary lesson and lessons 1-3.
Course Number: LACH-40000
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)