Essential Mandarin for Novice Learners

Learn essential skills of Mandarin Chinese while sharpening your understanding of Chinese culture
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 20 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages Simplified Chinese
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 Simplified Chinese

Course Description

What is the target audience?

Welcome to our course on Essential Mandarin for Novice Learners! I'm very excited to have you to learn Mandarin language and explore Chinese culture with me. This course is designed for those language enthusiasts like myself, as well as those who are intrigued by the awesome, fun Mandarin language, and the exotic Chinese culture. You are someone who's adventurous, open-minded, curious, and most of all, you love to travel to experience diversity, richness, and refreshing cultures. If you are a true beginner who doesn't know the difference between pinyin and characters. This course is created for you. Let's dive into what we'll be covering in this course.

What are the requirements?

  • Access to internet

What am I going to get from this course?

The topics of this course covers introducing oneself, ordering food, taking a cab, asking for directions, and shopping in Mandarin. This course emphasizes on interpersonal skills in the modes of speaking and listening. When you graduate from this course. You should be able to strike up a simple conversation with a local, and blend in the local culture while traveling in a Mandarin-speaking region, for example, the vibrant Chinatown in your city, or the dynamic, cultural and friendly Beijing.

Each section of this course is designed for a specific scenario of introducing oneself, ordering food, taking a cab, asking for directions, or shopping. For each lecture under a specific section, you may start off watching the video of this lecture. After your brain is stimulated by Mandarin, you can then download and study the worksheet that aligns with the video's content. To review each lecture content, you can use the awesome Quizlet where flashcards, games and tests are available to aid absorbing and retaining the new content. All sections have quick assessments to help you understand your progress and modify your learning pace accordingly.

This course extends our learning to twitter where you can post questions, answer questions, or comments regarding studying Mandarin. On our twitter account, You may also find links to fun facts of Mandarin language, Chinese culture, and authentic resources that help facilitating your process of learning Mandarin. In addition, you may download the free app 'Quizlet' on your smart devices to have access to flashcards, games and tests customized for our course. I hope you enjoy this course and I will see you there!

What are the requirements?

  • Download Quizlet app or get on quizlet website to create an account to join our class (password to be found in our introduction section)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Greet and respond to greetings appropriately in Mandarin Chinese
  • Introduce oneself and inquire information about one's Mandarin speaking friend(s)
  • Ask for a taxi and tell one's destination
  • Ask for directions and understand directions
  • Dine at a restaurant: order, ask for and pay the bill
  • Ask for price and bargain like a pro
  • Understand essential Chinese culture to enjoy a truly authentic experience in a Mandarin-speaking region

Who is the target audience?

  • This Mandarin language course is created for novice learners who are intrigued in learning Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture, and plan to travel to China and explore the fascinating land. This course is also for Mandarin beginners who take actions in becoming more competitive in the job market. This course is probably not for you if you are intermediate and/or higher level Mandarin learners.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the Course
Introduction Lecture of Essential Mandarin for Novice Learners
Section 2: Greetings
Pinyin (Phonetic System of Mandarin Chinese) and 4 tones
  • Students will be able to greet
  • Students will be able to say thank you, apologize and respond to others' appreciation in Mandarin
  • Students will be able to say goodbye
Greeting Part II
Section 3: Self introduction
Introduce Oneself Part I
Introduce Oneself Part II
Section 4: Dine at a Chinese Restaurant
Order at a Chinese Restaurant
Pay bill at a Chinese Restaurant
Section 5: Take a Taxi
Take a Taxi
Section 6: Ask for Direction
Ask for Direction
Understand Direction
Confirm Direction
Section 7: Go shopping
Ask for Price
Bargain for A Better Deal
Section 8: Preference of Food
Preference of Food

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Instructor Biography

Na Lu, Mandarin Chinese Instructor and Cultural Consultant

Na Lu has been teaching Mandarin for 3 years in public schools in MA, and has demonstrated her outstanding quality of teaching Mandarin through rigorous high-quality lessons and creative student-centered assessments. She was awarded 'The 2014 New Teacher Commendation' by MaFLA (The Massachusetts Foreign Language Association) for 'demonstrated excellence.'

Na Lu, a.k.a. Zhuochen Lu, is a native of China, and is therefore perfectly fluent in Mandarin Chinese with a comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture. While working as a Mandarin teacher at her first job, Na, an educator by education and passion, started, taught and continuously improved the Mandarin program for her employer. Na became an active member of NECTFL and MaFLA. She also presented an extremely well-received session on how to integrate engaging activities, technology and authentic resources to promote Mandarin learning.

Outside her work, Na enjoys watching Chinese programs and listening to NPR to stay current with the rapidly changing world. When she misses her family and friends back in China, she makes sure to reach out to them via WeChat or Skype. When Na is doing none of the mentioned above, she enjoys outdoor activities, traveling and experiencing new cultures.

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