College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own Intermediate Level 2 is a sequel to my two previously published, unanimously five-star rated courses: College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own Beginning Level and Intermediate Level 1. This course is the second half of Intermediate level Chinese, and allows you to learn in just one month a full semester's college Chinese curriculum at intermediate level based on the same range of vocabulary, grammar, situational dialogues and discussion topics. As the other two courses, its design simulates to a great extent the teacher-student interaction in the classroom, such as found in oral exercises of answering questions, reading after the teacher, describing pictures, translation and grammar drill, etc. By using hundreds of entertaining pictures that immediately tests your application of learned language information after every slide, this course brings teaching, reviewing, testing and application of language into a quick succession simulating the cognitive mode of immersive learning of language. Therefore, it combines the benefits of classroom teaching, Rosetta Stone Chinese and online learning while avoiding their shortcomings. As the third sequel of this language learning sequence (altogether five courses), it allows you to progress from basic, daily situational dialogue to discursive language of discussion and debate on daily and social topics: such as discussion of the habitability of a city or a building; Chinese schools of cuisines; criteria for purchasing goods; conflict resolving in dating relationship; the benefits and harm of Computer Age. Through this course, you will learn not only vocabulary for daily conversation, but also more sophisticated vocabulary and grammar for discussing increasing advanced social topics. The instructor is again Professor Hong Zeng, an awarding-winning professor of Chinese for 16 years at prestigious American liberal arts colleges and national universities. After this course, you will be fully ready to embark on studying advanced Chinese in this language sequence.
Introduction of the Course: (College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own Intermediate Level 1) Welcome to College Mandarin Chinese Intermediate Level 1! I am Hong Zeng, an award-winning professor of Chinese for 16 years at prestigious American liberal arts college and universities. I have taught at UNC, Chapel Hill, College of William and Mary, Carleton College, Swarthmore College and Hamline University. I have two PhDs in Chinese and comparative language and literature, and published five books in these realms well-endorsed by world-renowned experts in my fields. College Mandarin Chinese intermediate level is a sequence of my 5-star College Chinese Beginning level that I published, which was rated as “the most thorough and systematic introduction of Chinese language”. This sequence of 5 Chinese language courses at beginning, intermediate and advanced level will truly allow you to learn 3 years’ college Chinese curriculum in just 6 months, at the convenience of your home and available time. While greatly speeding up the learning process, it can also allow you to save 36000 dollars of college tuition while achieving the same degree of proficiency. Some students might ask how can an online course so much speed up the language learning process? In my view, It has been a long-standing misconception that language learning must need classroom interaction and communication, and online language class is only supplementary or secondary to classroom language class. As a professor of Chinese in the classroom for 16 years, I can tell you honestly what is in online language course that surpasses classroom teaching. Suppose you are in 1 hour language class in the classroom of 15-20 students, how many minutes can you really practice in front of the class and corrected by the teacher? Perhaps less than five minutes, for the most of the time, you have to listen to peer students stuttering, accented speaking, and even if you are a fast language learner, you have comply to the pace of much slower learners. On the other hand, online language course can have the same presence of a language instructor, while you alone have all the practice time, listening only to the fluent, correct pronunciation of the instructor. Moreover, you can repeat after the teachers’ reading of the text sentence by sentence for as many times as you like to ensure the accuracy of your pronunciation. Like in the classroom, you can answer the teachers’ questions about the text, using newly-learned vocabulary or grammar to describe pictures and do translation, with the instructor’s correct answer right after your own answer for checking correctness. In other words, it can simulate most of the teacher-student interaction through its exercises while speeding up the learning process with you being the sole practicing person in the course. Moreover, in my online Chinese course, with one slide introducing the language information and the very next slide testing your application of these language information, you can have the close propinquity of instruction and testing at every short turn like that of Rosetta Stone, which brings learning, reviewing, testing and application into a quick succession resembling immersive learning process, which would be difficult to facilitate in a classroom. However as a language software, Rosetta Stone doesn’t have the presence of a personal instructor as in online courses or classroom teaching that can explain and clarify grammar, and sound and writing system. That’s why online course can greatly speed up language learning process, achieve the learning efficiency and speed that is hard to facilitate in classroom setting. College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own Intermediate level 1 is the first half of the intermediate college Chinese in this language sequence. It introduces Chinese that allows you to function in the essential daily situations and in traveling, such as seeing a doctor, renting an apartment, dating and courtship, sports, travel, order air tickets and check-in language and boarding the plane, and the origin and practice of major Chinese festivals. When I introduce the vocabulary and grammar, I make sure that as soon as you are introduced to 7-10 vocabularies or one grammar in a single slide, you will be allowed 1-2 minutes to flash memorize them on the spot and be tested immediately in the very next slide to do oral practice with them, such as describe pictures, translation, fill in blanks so that language knowledge is immediately converted into your language skill. For text practice, you will read after me sentence by sentence for two times to ensure that accuracy of your pronunciation, and practice listening comprehension by orally answering my questions after listen to my reading, with correcting answers from me immediately after each of your answers. To strengthen your listening comprehension and speaking, I put on a lot of acting videos of the text dialogues and reviewing videos that turn text dialogues into summing narratives, through these talking head videos you can closely observe my mouth shape in pronunciation as well. This course has 7 lessons and each lesson is learned in four days: two days for one of the two dialogues in each lesson. For the first day, you will watch the two powerpoint videos: the vocabulary and grammar video of that dialogue; and the text practice video. You can watch the acting videos too. For the convenience of your reviewing and reference, I put a pdf version of both powerpoints in the resource part of each video. For the second day, you will practice writing of the vocabularies listed in pdf version of vocabulary and grammar powerpoint video. It is strongly advised that you would take my beginning level class to be acquainted with the stroke order, so that you can practice writing these characters in the correct stroke order. My Beginning Level College Chinese also teaches you the sound and writing system and Chinese radicals, which will make your pronunciation accurate and greatly simplify your memory of the Chinese’ writing. I think one great limitation of current Chinese online language courses is that for the sake of easy learning, it omitted a systematic introduction of Chinese grammar, sound and writing system. A systematic learning of grammar will allow students to create and multiply language on their own based on the grammatic rule. Sound system will enable the students to pronounce in the correct accent, and writing system will allow the students remember the characters’ writing much more easily, as 50 thousand Chinese characters are composed only of less than 100 meaningful components and 400 sound components. Thus for 7 lessons, you will finish learning them in 28 days, plus some days for the unit test and final exam. You can finish the course in one month. After this language sequence, I will publish business Chinese in a few days, but the beginning and intermediate Chinese are bases for learning the more sophisticated and formal vocabulary of business Chinese, so seize the opportunity, choose this sequence of Chinese language course and build a great career using your Chinese skill!
Hi, everyone, welcome to College Mandarin Chinese on your own beginning level. My name is Hong Zeng. I am a professor of Chinese for 16 year at prestigious American liberal arts colleges and universities. I have two PhDs in Chinese and comparative language and literature and published five well-endorsed books in America in this realm. In two colleges, in my classroom teaching, I had more than doubled the beginning Chinese class enrollment in just one year. As you all know, China has risen to be the biggest economic body of the world, and Chinese has become the second most learned language in American Colleges and secondary schools. Learning Chinese will earn you a great advantage in career opportunities in today’s world. It is the language of business and politics, education and government. Besides, as the father of modern American poetry Ezra Pound claims, Chinese language and written characters “contain the fundamentals of all aesthetics”. However, a lot of college students and adult open learners found they don’t have enough time and financial resources to study Chinese in a classroom setting. Many middle and high schools students also found that 4-6 years of their learning in the secondary school can only be tested at most as one year’s college Chinese in the college placement tests. This course is a perfect answer to the above difficulties. It allows you to learn one full year’s college Chinese curriculum in just two months and save you more than 10 thousand dollars of college tuition. It has 8 sections and about 120 lectures, altogether 18 hours. You will learn the same range of vocabulary, grammar and situational dialogues as a classroom student would learn in a whole year, pinyin sound system, writing system, written character stroke order, grammar and situational dialogues such as greetings, family, dates and time, hobbies, make appointments, visit friends, school life, diary, shopping, traffic, sports, dining, weather and party. In this course I adopt the same methods of teaching as in classroom setting for 16 years: As in the classroom I adopts an interactive, immersive method of teaching and practicing vocabulary and grammar. To put it more specifically, as soon as I introduced 7-10 vocabularies, I will ask you to pause the slide and have an intense, flash memory of these vocabularies in 1-2 minutes: their sound, meaning and usage, then I will turn to a new slide with only pictures and no written Chinese vocabularies, you will do oral exercises with these vocabularies: such as describe the pictures, answer my questions with the visual cues, or translating, in the time space I give you after each question, before I provide the correct answer for you to check whether you did right. Such methods bring teaching, reviewing, testing and application into a quick circulation resembling immersive learning of language: you have to be alert in absorbing language information, memorizing and applying it to immediate use on the spot. The same method is used for teaching the grammar. For the text, I will lead you to read the text two times, give you time space to repeat after me sentence by sentence to ensure the accuracy of your pronunciation and tone. For the third time, you will just listen to my reading of the text, and afterwards answer my questions in the space I provide you after each question, and then listen to my answer to check your correctness. For practice writing, I demonstrate the stroke order of each Chinese character you will learn, in a PDF document, adding one stroke after another in the correct order and record each process. After 2-3 lessons there will be a unit test, and there are also two final exams, one after each 7 lessons, just like the two-semester curriculum in classroom Chinese course in one year. For learning this course, you will spend half an hour each day. Each lesson has two dialogues, for each dialogue, you will spend two days. For the first day, you will learn the vocabulary, grammar and the text on my two powerpoint videos. For the second day, you will review them and practice writing characters according to my character stroke order PDF document. So each lesson you spend about 4 days. You have 14 lessons, that means you will spend 56 days in total, and you can spend 4 days in the beginning introduction section with its teaching of sound and writing system, so you will finish the course in two months. You will achieve the same degree of proficiency as a classroom Chinese student who studied for one year, at the same time save 10 thousand dollars of college tuition. After this beginning class I will soon publish the intermediate and advanced level College Chinese online course. For six months, you can reach the advanced level of college Chinese that other students have to study 3 years in the college classroom and save 30000 dollars of college tuition. You will not only be fluent in daily conversation, but also in advanced discussion of social, economic and cultural topics.
College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own Advanced level 1 is a sequel to my three previously published, highly ranked courses: College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own Beginning Level and Intermediate Level 1 and 2. The beginning level of this sequence had been ranked no. 1 in student reveiw and sales in Chinese language category on paid online platforms in the world. This course is the first half of advanced level Chinese, and allows you to learn in just one month a full semester's college Chinese curriculum at advanced level based on the same range of vocabulary, grammar, and discussion topics. As the other three courses, its design simulates to a great extent the teacher-student interaction in the classroom, such as found in oral exercises of answering questions, reading after the teacher, describing pictures, translation and grammar drill, etc. By using hundreds of entertaining pictures that immediately tests your application of learned language information after every slide, this course brings teaching, reviewing, testing and application of language into a quick succession simulating the cognitive mode of immersive learning of language. Therefore, it combines the benefits of classroom teaching, Rosetta Stone Chinese and online learning while avoiding their shortcomings. As the fourth sequel of language learning sequence (altogether five courses), it allows you to learn the discursive language of discussion and debate on social topics: such as whether college students should do part-time jobs, the comparison of chidren's education in China and in America, comparison of Chinese and American festivals, Chinese georgraphy and tourist spots, the huge change of Chinese society since reform and open door policy, health, diet and physical exercises in China, etc. Through this course, you will learn advanced vocabulary and grammar for discussing popular social topics in China. The instructor is again me, Professor Hong Zeng, an awarding-winning professor of Chinese for 16 years at prestigious American liberal arts colleges and national universities. After this course, you will be fully ready to study advanced Chinese 2, the last course in this language sequence.