Chinese II (MIT)
Course SummaryThe purpose of this course is to develop: (a) basic conversational abilities (pronunciation, fundamental grammatical patterns, common vocabulary, and standard usage); (b) basic reading skills (in both the traditional character set and the simplified); (c) an understanding of the way the Chinese writing system is structured, and the ability to copy and write characters; and (d) a sense of what learning a language like Chinese entails, and the sort of learning processes that it involves, so students are able to continue studying effectively on their own. This is the second 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.
(The "lectures" for this course follows the text closely and are not normal lectures)
Reading Material1. Textbook: Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin Part 2
J. K. Wheatley, Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin. Part 2.
Course Material1. Songs and Rhymes: The East is Red
Words in praise of Chairman Mao, put to a traditional Chinese folk tune. Lyrics in pinyin and characters, with word-for-word English translation.
2. Songs and Rhymes: Sailing the Seas Depends on the Helmsman
More praise of Mao and the Communist Party. Lyrics in pinyin and characters, with word-for-word English translation.
3. Songs and Rhymes: A Kangding Love Song
A well-known folk song; Kangding is a town at the eastern reaches of Tibet, in Sichuan. Lyrics and word-for-word translation.
4. Songs and Rhymes: The Descendants of the Dragon
Lyrics and word-for-word translation of a popular song.
5. Songs and Rhymes: Small Town Story
Lyrics in pinyin and characters, and a word-for-word translation of a song by Teresa Teng (whose Chinese name, in pinyin, is Teng Lijun).
6. Songs and Rhymes: Socialism's good!
Lyrics in characters and pinyin, with rough English translation.
7. Songs and Rhymes: Four Tang Poems
Poems by Li Po (Li Bei), Wang Wei, Du Fu, and Meng Haoran, in pinyin and characters; with word-for-word English translation.
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.