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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Chinese for Beginners by Peking University

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About the 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....

Top reviews


Jun 16, 2020

Awesome experience it was a comprehensive and informative course. I learnt alot. Thank you coursera for providing us such a nice and global platform to enhance skills and knowlegde by sitting at home.


Sep 16, 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.

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By Sydney C H

Sep 15, 2022

Für den Anfang eignet sich dieser Kurs wirklich gut. In meinem Fall hätte ich mir ein paar mehr grammatikalische Erläuterungen vor allem zum Satzbau gewünscht.

By Nanchayanud B

Jun 25, 2020

I really enjoy this course. I have enhanced my Chinese skills. Thank you, Mrs. Xiaoyu Liu, Peking University and Coursera for offering me this good opportunity.

By Dheerapat T

Dec 30, 2015

good course for traveler but there are a little of grammar part so you can speak a simple sentence but if you want to create some new sentence it's quite hard.

By Ricardo d O R

Sep 23, 2015

I think any course of Chinese must include characters. To teach only a too basic sentences in pinyin is not a good experience. Nonetheless, I like this course.

By Sylvain C

Nov 4, 2015

Interesting lessons! Quizzes could be improved with sentence translations.

Chinese characters could be shown with pinyin in order to be able to recognize them.

By Ke Z Z

Mar 11, 2021

I think it's a big mistake to provide the characters for everything at the very end of the couse. Either give them from the start or don't give them at all.


Sep 5, 2018

The course was great. It helped me a lot in framing a proper accent and knowing basics in Chinese language. Now I can follow dialogue and easily read out.

By Bảo N N

Jun 16, 2021

Thank you very much for interseting course! Now I know a little basic of Chinese language. It is the first time I had learnt this language. Thanks again.

By Nay M H

May 28, 2021

It is the good course for Chinese beginners. I really appreciate the mentor for this course and Coursera for building the huge education online platform.

By Divya E G

May 31, 2020

This course was very nice and easy to do. I'm very glad to choose to do this and hope that I can visit China soon and have the chance to use it ! Xiexie!

By Numan I

Jun 7, 2020

teaching method is good not so long and easy to understand.

which i learn is that these word might be helpful in my future when i will traveled to china.

By Perla R P

Sep 10, 2017

I was learn how to speak basic mandarin. It is very helpful and I am highly recommend this course for those who want to learn basic mandarin speaking.

By Claire D

Jan 17, 2021

Very nice introduction to the Chinese language. we miss the direct practice - meaning, speaking with somebody to ensure we go the language properly.

By Chirapha P

May 19, 2020

Good for beginners and basic english teaching easy to understand for foreigners

Not recommend for people who want to know a lot of details in Chinese

By Jeannette J

May 2, 2020

Some of the pictures in the quizzes were difficult to decipher in terms of choosing an answer. I learned some new things which helped my Chinese.

By Shalon D

Sep 30, 2021

The class is very informative. It is a great supplement to the other courses I take! I would like print offs if clues and hints. Still very good!

By Manuel

Jul 29, 2021

la profesora explica bastante bien, sin embargo, deja ciertas lagunas, aprendí chino, pero es un curso muy rápido, debería tener mas información

By Patcharaporn R

Oct 6, 2022

Great for beginner, but for me it's actually like you learn as primary school and too slow progress. It's suite for who don't know any Chinese

By Muhammad Z Y

Aug 16, 2020

Great Course! I thought Chinese was way too difficult to learn but, they made it so easy for us to learn it. Had so much fun while learning it.

By Virgil V

Apr 17, 2020

Great beginner class. I wish there were more lessons where it forced you into a conversation so you could practice with hypothetical questions.

By Malini S

Jun 14, 2020

A very relevant curriculum though was confused with the comments and not knowing if I needed to write in pinyin as an exercise or just recite?

By Catharina H

Sep 26, 2022

Great course, but I absolutely recommend printable course material. Otherwise trainees have no chance to memorize what they have just heart.

By Thiri M M

Jun 7, 2021

For the beginner learner, this course is very easy to learn and the pronunciation is very clear to hear. And this is very interesting course.

By Georgia K

Mar 28, 2021

Great introductory course for anyone who wishes to study Chinese! I really enjoyed it and got motivated to study more Chinese in the future!

By Sameer N

May 1, 2020

Very easy to understand and without characters it becomes interesting to start of basic dialogues. Practice test also makes it fun to learn.