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Chinese for Beginners, Peking University

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1,097 reviews

About this Course

Nowadays, there is an increasing number of people who are interested in Chinese culture and language. And it is useful to know about the language when coming to China for travel or business. This is an ABC Chinese course for beginners, including introduction of phonetics and daily expressions. After taking this class, learners can have a basic understanding of Chinese Mandarin and make basic conversations of daily living such as exchanging personal information, talking about daily arrangements and food, asking about price, introducing the city and the weather, telling your hobbies etc. Selected topics and situations come from real life scenarios and can be used for everyday communications. In addition to the dialogues, the selection of reading materials and practice activities will make the content as rich and varied as possible, in order to stimulate the learners’ interests. This is an elementary course on Chinese speaking. The learners don’t need to study Chinese characters, so it is easier to follow and complete this course....

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Sep 17, 2016

Thanks for this course. I like it and this language really so necessary for me and my job. My company in New Zealand - ESKA Ltd (, and we are work with aliens from China.


Mar 02, 2016

This course is excellent. It gives thorough introduction into language without going into too much unnecessary details. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to start learning Chinese from scratch.

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By Maria Zaytseva

Dec 09, 2018

Хороший курс, на котором преподаватель чётко и понятно излагает. Спасибо Xiaoyu Liu


Dec 06, 2018

Amazing!!! Excellent work by our laoshi!!!!!!!! Thank you very much!!!

By Pedro Andres Bahamondes Vásquez

Dec 06, 2018

Una muy buena manera de aprender Chino, sobrepasado el curso con más de un 90% de aprobaciones.

Muchas gracias Coursera por ampliar mis conocimientos! Estoy feliz y enriquecido con este curso

By xiaoy123

Dec 05, 2018


By Deborah de Araujo Linhares Casagrande

Dec 05, 2018

I really enjoyed the course, It's great.

By Eanna Huang-Ramirez

Nov 30, 2018

Currently living in Taiwan with some mandarin background and this was helpful in understanding grammar (sentence structure) and vocab. Although it's a different dialect, it helped with pronunciation and context of the language. It would be helpful to see some chinese characters, but I understand it's a beginner's course so that may confuse many newcomers. All in all, thank you!!

By Ashley Carmona

Nov 29, 2018

its terrible but okay

By Abdul Hye Masoom

Nov 27, 2018

I really enjoyed this course its lots of informative for me.

By Rocio Melany Ovejero

Nov 25, 2018

INCREIBLE! super practico

By Juan Mauricio Torres

Nov 24, 2018

Really clear and engaging. Thanks.