Chinese III (MIT)
Course SummaryThis is the third of a complete sequence of four Chinese language courses, covering beginning to intermediate levels of instruction offered at MIT. This course forms the intermediate level. The sequence covers the core grammar of the language; it develops a sensitivity to linguistically appropriate behavior; it introduces extensive vocabulary and usage as a basis for conversational development; and it provides a step-by-step guide to the principles and practice of reading and writing Chinese characters. In Chinese III, students will complete the basic grammatical survey of the language begun in the first year courses and consolidate and improve conversational skills; in reading, there will be a transition from the short texts of the sort encountered in Chinese I and II to stories adapted from traditional Chinese tales. The course material accompanying this course includes a downloadable textbook and audio recordings.
Reading Material1. Textbook: Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin Part 3
J. K. Wheatley, Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin. Part 3.
(The textbook sections can be downloaded at the links below)
Unit 8 (PDF file, 984 KB)
Unit 9 (PDF file, 1.1 MB)
Unit 10 (PDF file, 1.3 MB)
Characters 7 (PDF file, 776KB)
Characters 7: Stroke Order (PDF file, 266KB)
Course MaterialNot available.
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.