By Luis M•
Very interesting. It's also quite helpful in making you learn characters. You need some previous knowledge of Chinese, though.
By Lee F K•
Overall is good but the pictures were not drawn properly, can be confusing.
I THINK IT HELPS PRETTY MUCH! ^ __ ^
it is fun but could be a little better
By Virginia W•
Challenging for a first timer, but well set out and good pace.
By K S S d S•
very intersting and fun introduction to chinese characters ..
By Polpipat P•
Some videos sound quality isn't good.
By Rogayah Y•
With so little instruction about the words it was difficult to understand the choice of words in a sentence and their use. My translations of some of the sentences in the quiz at the end of each session was sometimes a matter of guesswork, inspired or not, it was without insight. Will that come later?
I did feel that my written Chinese has improved through looking at the way the characters were formed within the grid. Of that I have no complaint. All in all I felt that the course stretched me and I have benefitted from it.
By Чупрова А А•
there was quite a lot of typos. also in some exercises in tests there was no right answers at all according to the results i got after rewriting tests for 3 times.
By Benjamin K•
Good basics, but lacking explanation especially in the practice tests, because sometimes complex sentences are shown, which were never taught.
By Jennifer b•
The pictures were often unclear which made it difficult to know what the correct answer was. Other than that I enjoyed the course
By Elizabeth N C•
By Mik A•
I appreciate the video transcription. Rather than watch the videos, I rely on the transcription to populate my SRS (spaced repetition system) tool.
I value image use within quiz questions. Although I don't watch videos, I am able to open a quiz and retrieve images to use with my SRS.
Errors. Errors found by students and captured in forum posts remain unresolved.
Feedback. Quizzes fail to evaluate progress. Slides systematically focus on stroke type, stroke order, and vocabulary introduction. Some quiz questions evaluate a students vocabulary knowledge. However, quiz questions do not qualify stroke type or order. Furthermore, after only a few lessons a third of the quiz questions evaluate grammar through sentence based prompts. Since the facilitator failed to provide grammar guidance within class videos and quiz questions do not qualify stroke type or order, quizzes fail to evaluate the student's comprehension of the course material. Please ensure every quiz question may be answered through content presented in the videos.
iPhone and Memrise, the touch screen driven SRS. I used the syllabus, transcripts, Pleco app. and memrise.com to create my own training material and quiz questions. iPhone's "Chinese (Simplified) - Handwriting" keyboard allows me to practice stroke type and order. Memrise.com allows me to enter answers from with the Handwriting keyboard. In instances I forget the meaning of a character, I use the Handwriting keyboard to feed the Pleco app. and look up the meaning.
Grammar - The Gap.
I did not find an online grammar reference that followed the syllabus and offered guidance as well as reading material. To answer grammar dependent quiz questions I guessed. When I guessed wrong, I relied on Google Translate to do a better job at guessing.
By Linda D•
starts out well, but a few weeks in we need more than drawing animations and the odd bit of historical info. I understand that the course is about the characters, and not about learning the language. Nonetheless, some of the quiz questions are asking us to place the correct characters in sentences. By week 4, this had become very difficult, even though I have previously completed some Chinese language courses. We just aren't given the information needed for those problems.
Also, it appears that the course is not monitored by any teachers or assistants. Quiz 15 is corrupted - all the text is missing. I flagged this in the forum a month ago and there has been no response and no fix.
By Christina S•
NOT for a beginner who does not know any Chinese.. I am a beginner level, and have studied for a month on my own. I know at least 30 of the characters, basic sentences. These quizzes are not beginner. Also the textbook link is to a Chinese webstores dangdang and Amazon.cn, so not English stores! I don't know enough Chinese to order the Chinese beginner textbook...?
By Jasper T•
This course is no where near the usually high "Coursera standard ". The videos are very basic, and just sum up some characters. The quizes contain a lot of unclear questions, and often if you choose the correct answer, it will still tell you its wrong.
I thought it would maybe get better, but after two weeks I'm done with this. It's a waste of time.
By Sylvia M S•
It is very difficult to learn characters out of context. On the one hand, calligraphy is extremely nice and fun, but memorizing characters apart from sentences does not make sense.
By Charlton T S•
No English subtitles. No teacher explaining lessons. No nothing
By JULIETA P H G•
DO YOU GIVE US A DIPLOMA UNLESS?