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edX: Tsinghua Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People

 with  Xia Ding, Xiaoning Wang, Li Lu and Yuan Li
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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.

45 Student
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Institution Tsinghua University
Provider edX
Language English
Certificates $49 Certificate Available
Hours 4 hours a week
Calendar 6 weeks long

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Reviews for edX's Tsinghua Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
If you want to learn Mandarin and be able to use it then this is the course for you! The structure, the professors and the professionalism with which this course has been made is impressive. The course takes you on a journey at the same time as you are learning together with the main character Peter. And Peter has a small journey that he takes in his dreams. This is definitely a journey worth taking - even if you just want to learn for fun. But I am certain that if you are going to use it in your daily life then this will a great foundation on which to build the rest of your chinese learning upon. I have enjoyed every course session and you learn how to speak using pinyin, you learn the chinese characters, even how to pronounce correctly (which is definitely the hardest part). I recommend this course very much!
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5.0 2 years ago
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.
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5.0 a year ago
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.
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5.0 2 years ago
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.
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4.0 2 years ago
Anonymous audited 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.
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4.0 2 years ago
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.
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really loved this course. It was easy to follow, yet challenging compared to some monotonous online classes. It made me pay special attention to tones and tested me how well I listened. That helped a lot. I also loved that they did not forget to include character writing. The backstory was also very interesting. It was exciting to progress each week. The teachers and staff seemed very warm nice people.
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5.0 3 months ago
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 here for you.

The progression of grammar concepts and vocabulary is spot on - not overly repetitive or patronizingly slow, but also not frustratingly difficult. Where this course really shines is in the review questions between the video segments. Whoever designed these questions deserves an award and a promotion; the incorporation of authentic materials (menus, pictures, conversations and spoken phrases), as well as questions that incorporate contextualization skills is leaps and bounds above most language MOOCs that provide bland, fill-in-the-blank, rote memorization drills. The questions that have you listening to a word or phrase and picking out the tones spoken are extremely practical.

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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 here for you.

The progression of grammar concepts and vocabulary is spot on - not overly repetitive or patronizingly slow, but also not frustratingly difficult. Where this course really shines is in the review questions between the video segments. Whoever designed these questions deserves an award and a promotion; the incorporation of authentic materials (menus, pictures, conversations and spoken phrases), as well as questions that incorporate contextualization skills is leaps and bounds above most language MOOCs that provide bland, fill-in-the-blank, rote memorization drills. The questions that have you listening to a word or phrase and picking out the tones spoken are extremely practical.

On top of the pedagogy here being top notch, the production values are excellent. This is probably the first, and only, MOOC I'll ever experience with a plot twist. Tea Time with Peter is cheesy but endearing. Again, the standard of authentic materials used to support the learning here is second to none.

I'd recommend this to anyone, anywhere. Kudos to everyone involved on this project, it's an inspiration.
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I was an exchange student to TSINGHUA last year. It was a great university, and I enjoyed my life in Beijing (except for the air pollution). I saw many familiar scenes in the promotion video like Wudaokou where I have many happy memories.
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
As an American I feel rather embarrassed that so many Chinese people living here in the US speak very good English, so few of us native-born Americans even try to learn Chinese language. I hope to change that with this wonderful class!
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic course! Clear, well organized and engaging.

An excellent course for beginners.

Maybe a little too fast paced for my taste.

Great vocabulary and perfect pronunciation.

The best chinese online course i've found.

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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I strongly satisfied by this course. Very interesting and clear. I think, for me need to watch this course video one more time, because for the first time missed something and that something is not memorized.
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really appreciate this course. I had already done others MOOCs of chinese idiom, but this one was very good. It has a logic sequence that helps to understand the chinese language, and make it easy.
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
An excellent beginner's class. The presentations are very clear, and the videos are fun to watch. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get started speaking Mandarin.
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I found the course really useful for a beginner like me. I've learned more during this course than what I've learned in 3 years of university, so super reccomended.
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a very good introductory course; it is didactically well-put together and, therefore, highly motivating for beginners. I enjoyed it very much.
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5.0 a year ago
by Wang Tongtong audited this course.
Guys.According to Chinese Ministry of Education,some 30% Chinese can't communicate in Mandarin.I'm a Chinese.And my grandparents can't speak Mandarin.Surprise!
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5.0 6 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
An excellent, pragmatic introduction to Mandarin. The course is very professionally built, and executed. With such a generic, wide approach and course mission it must be very hard to get it right - but the course team miraculously managed to keep the course in the "Goldilocks zone" :

- not too hard to scare beginners, but not too easy and shallow to become useless;

- addressing everything including writing, tones etc, but still not getting lost in details;

- etc

Well done, and 谢谢!
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5.0 5 months ago
by Nkwelle Caleb completed this course.
I have taken and proud to say i completed the course. Its simple with wonderful lectures and course instructors. the self based aspects is also a great feature. The lessons are just awesome for day to day interactions. The interface and structure, i have also enjoyed. Being free is a massive thumbs up for Tsinghua. I greatly appreciate. If you ever want to get some basics in Chinese Mandarin then just coming running over here.
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5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This was he best course I have ever taken. wonderful for beginners like me and the structure of this course was very well. I really felt involved and it as never boring but rather entertaining. I must say that I had no difficulties to follow along and I enjoyed the reading and writing of the chinese characters. I hope there could be a continuation of this course. I would definitely take it. Xiexie
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