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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Chinese for Beginners by Peking University

17,251 ratings
4,879 reviews

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


Apr 24, 2020

She teaching very well! Easy to understand, her accent is very clear to understand, lesson is very useful to and might can use it for real. Thank you for lovely teaching and lovely lesson\n\nThank you


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 Carolyn D

Dec 27, 2020

This course for me was sadly frustrating as it did not seem to be tailored for a beginner. If you are tone deaf, you're really going to have problems as this language relies heavily on pitches and sounds. I found myself looking for outside sources like "children's video's" on You Tube and Duolingo to try to understand. I passed this course "Thank you Lawdy". If you sign up, just keep an open mind and stick with it. Breakthrough is sure to come. Maybe this is just the first step to unlock the door.


May 10, 2020

The level that this class starts out is like teaching a toddler to speak Russian. I have no idea how to pronounce anything Chinese. This class kind of assumes you're familiar with the way the words sound. It's very difficult to begin. I have a language degree. If the language that studied started off like this, I wouldn't have studied it.

By Art S

May 24, 2020

Does not seem like a class for someone who has no exposure to the Chinese language. First tipoff should have been the question that asked if I had studied Chinese. It forced me to pick yes although I made several attempts to select no.

By John G

Feb 11, 2016

This is very basics hence getting a certificate is not valuable. I would consider getting a certificate, if it means something hence beyond a very basic crash course. The certification, should be, I can really use and means something.

By Benya C

Jun 17, 2020

My name in the certificate is not correct I just would like to change my name this name is correct Benya Christmas change for me please because I need to apply to the job Thank you so much

By Yanjuan F

Mar 15, 2021

I had purchased this course with a certificate but at the end I don't received my certificate. I don't recommend coursera to anyone.

By Martin B

Apr 3, 2021

I'd give no staqrs but not possible. How tf are you supposed to learn when the instructor dosn't give english instructgions

By Vrunda T

Dec 4, 2020

It doesn't give the logic, or easier ways to relate to English. just the translation and tone understanding

By Anagha R 1

Jan 26, 2022

I personally did not find this to be useful as the tutor was really fast and the sessions did not help me.

By Гаврилюк С А

Jul 16, 2021

Обучают только пиньиню. Новичок новичку рознь. НО я считаю, что такой подход не эффективен.

By chanunchida p

May 4, 2020

i want a certificate for free now !

why my friends get certificate free but i have to pay ?

By Ivan L

Dec 14, 2015

Im not finishing it since in the test are missing a lot of sounds ..............

By Paola R

Apr 22, 2021

No logro tomar el curso en español,el video no deja ver subtitulos en español.

By Kimberly K

Mar 26, 2016

I'm not a conversational learner. I like to learn via the puzzle method.

By Sonu W

May 25, 2021

not teaching properly, too confusing , not covering basic things first

By Latif M

Sep 28, 2015

Goes waaaay too fast to actually learn anything. Not very useful.

By Victoria C

Jun 17, 2020

There should be fun Chinese gamesbut this is boring.

By Sana A

Oct 6, 2015

not practical, some audio files are not working ...

By Pratham P

May 10, 2020

horrible cannot differentiate between tones

By Annashwa C

Aug 4, 2020

I didnt like the way she taught us

By Fielding I

Mar 15, 2021

Cannot unenroll from this course!

By T. S K

Jan 27, 2016

Unfortunately, not very engaging.

By Deleted A

Sep 28, 2021

This is so difficult to learn