Chinese IV (MIT)
Course SummaryThis course is the last in the sequence that constitutes MIT's foundation in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin). The foundation sequence covers the core grammar of the language, develops a sensitivity to linguistically appropriate behavior, introduces extensive vocabulary and usage as a basis for conversational and reading development, and provides a step-by-step guide to the principles and practice of reading and writing Chinese characters. In Chinese IV, you will consolidate and expand conversational usage and grammatical and cultural knowledge encountered in prior courses in the sequence, while focusing on improving reading and listening abilities. The course material accompanying this course includes a downloadable textbook and audio recordings.
Reading Material1. Textbook: Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin Part 4
J. K. Wheatley, Learning Chinese: A Foundation Course in Mandarin. Part 4.
(The textbook sections can be downloaded at the links below)
Table of Contents (Part 4) (PDF)
Unit 11 (PDF)
Unit 12 (PDF)
The Chinese Menu (PDF)
2. Making Connections: Enhance Your Listening Comprehension in Chinese
Spring, Madeline K. Making Connections: Enhance Your Listening Comprehension in Chinese. Simplified character ed. Boston, MA: Cheng and Tsui Company, 2002. ISBN: 0887273661.
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3. Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio
Hsia, Linda, and Roger Yeu. Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio. New Haven, NJ: Yale University Press, Far Eastern Publications, 1977. ISBN: 0887101143. Expanded to include pinyin and simplified characters, 1982.
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.