Course SummaryThis course provides an understanding of basic principles of Chinese speech and writing. The focus of this course is on pronunciation and simple Chinese character writing. The course is taught by Prof. Li Li in Utah State University. A good practical course to start learning Chinese.
Reading Material1. Practical Chinese Reader Elementary Course: Book I
Beijing Language Institute, (1993). Practical Chinese Reader Elementary Course: Book I. Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company
Course Material1. Notes on grammar for Lesson 1-3
2. Notes on grammar for Lesson 4-7
3. Notes on grammar for supplementary text Lesson 1-4
4. Template for writing Chinese characters
Other Resources1. nciku - Online English Chinese dictionary
nciku is a free Chinese-English and English-Chinese online dictionary. It has many other features that help users improve their language ability including tools for handwriting recognition, discussions about anything Chinese or China related, vocabulary lists, memorization tests, Hanyu Pinyin with sound and conversations where you can study, edit and save real-life phrases.
2. On-line Chinese Language Tools
This website provides various tools to assist people in learning and using the Chinese language. Check out the DimSum Chinese Reading Assistant, Character Flashcards, the Chinese/English dictionary, the Chinese Namer, and the Western/Chinese Calendar Converter.