Chinese Course for Beginner
The Four Chinese Tones
Chinese is a tonal language. Speaking Chinese without correct tones could just land you in a lot of confusion—and sometimes even in trouble! You don’t want to be talking about a horse (third tone) when you’re really referring to your mother (first tone). So if you want to speak native Chinese, the most important thing is to get used to tones.
The Pinyin System
Pinyin is a fantastic invention that should be forever honoured as the bridge that connects the English speaker to the world of Chinese. It is the official phonetic system for transcribing the pronunciations of Chinese characters into the Latin alphabet. Invest a good amount of time getting your pronunciation right because a strong foundation will take you a long way.
The Basics: Chinese Greetings and Numbers
As with learning any other language, being able to greet and introduce yourself is pretty much your first priority. That, and learning to count. One helpful tip is to learn the meanings of individual words as you go along. For example, the words 你好—which is a greeting that’s equivalent to “hello”—can be broken down to 你 (you) and 好 (good). Learning individual words in phrases will make things easier since you’ll be able to see the logic.
Expand Your Vocabulary and form your own sentences.
Learn some new words and Chinese characters from different topics. You could make that one topic in two weeks; it’s up to you to decide your learning pace.Soon enough, you’ll have learned enough words to form simple sentences. If you learned about food this week, perhaps you could form the sentence, “The chicken rice is delicious.” It won’t be a long time.
Learn the basic Chinese Strokes and Character
Chinese characters are made out of simple basic strokes. A good first step to learn Chinese characters is to learn the basic strokes. Understanding the stroke order will allow you to accurately determine the number strokes in characters.
Involved Chinese culture Chinese culture is considered the dominant culture in East Asia historically.
Chinese language, ceramics, architecture, music, dance, literature, martial arts, cuisine, visual arts, philosophy, business etiquette, religion, politics, and history have a profound impact on the world, while its traditions and festivals are also celebrated, instilled and practised by people around Asia. If you want to learn Chinese better, understand the culture will be more helpful.
* Every course includes 16 sessions