Chinese I (MIT)
Course SummaryThe purpose of this course is to develop (i) Basic conversational abilities (pronunciation, fundamental grammatical patterns, common vocabulary, and standard usage) (ii) Basic reading and writing skills (in both the traditional character set and the simplified) and (iii) An understanding of the language learning process so that you are able to continue studying effectively on your own. The course does not require any prior background in Chinese.
This is the first of a complete sequence of four Chinese language courses, covering beginning to intermediate levels of instruction offered at MIT. The course material accompanying this course includes a downloadable textbook and audio recordings.
Reading Material1. Textbook: Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin Part 1
J. K. Wheatley, Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin. Part 1.
(The textbook sections can be downloaded at the links below)
Preface (PDF file, 240 KB)
Table of Contents (PDF file, 176 KB)
Unit 1 (PDF file, 437 KB)
Unit 2 (PDF file, 696 KB)
Unit 3 (PDF file, 613 KB)
Unit 4 (PDF file, 927 KB)
Chars 1 (PDF file, 437 KB)
Chars 2 (PDF file, 592 KB)
Chars 3(PDF file, 644 KB)
Course Material1. Notes on character stroke order
Lesson 1 (PDF)
Lesson 2 (PDF)
Lesson 3 (PDF)
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.