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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Chinese for Beginners by Peking University

17,360 ratings
4,914 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


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.


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.

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By A A

May 5, 2020

Although Mandarin is hard enough to learn but the instructor make it easy by her effective communication.

By Beth W

Jun 7, 2017

Good range of topics, but very little practice materials given, and the instructer is unnaturally formal.

By Gayle C

Oct 31, 2017

Good as a refresher for people with some Chinese already but not thorough enough for a complete beginner

By Ro

Mar 15, 2020

It would be great If there were a two way contact with the teacher to get corrections on pronunciation.

By Migiwa R

May 28, 2020

It only gives few vocabularies. Chinese characters aren’t shown so you only get to hear pingying.

By Serena G

May 28, 2020

Nice for who wants to learn basic expressions, however no ideograms and grammar rules explained

By Marisa J

Oct 29, 2020

This course is easy to follow. However enough time is not spent focusing on pronunciation.


Mar 29, 2021

Very high level class. An introduction. Not sufficient to get the basics nor HSK1.


Aug 4, 2020

should have vocablary and sentence forming first than going directly into sentence

By Laura D M

Oct 16, 2020

Me decepcionó un poco que sólo sea de pronunciación y no haya nada de escritura.

By Penny M

Sep 29, 2015

I´ve missed Chinese hanzi.

But apart from that the course and tests are all good.

By el g c

Mar 6, 2016

I think, for beginners, it's a good job but the quiz is really hard to use !!

By Khaliunaa E

Aug 13, 2019

it is very good but i dont understand why they dont teach the writing hanzi

By Hannah J

Jul 28, 2020

Covers a lot of basic topics, didn't learn a lot of characters though.

By Win T

Jun 8, 2021

I had learned more vocabulary of Chinese and more helpful for me.

By Laura S

Feb 28, 2021

I think that wuold be usefull also introduce the writing scheme

By john c

Jul 24, 2020

please do a quality check on the couse. I found some errors!

By Zun M H

Jun 19, 2021

It's very helpful for me! Thank you for your course

By Ramasubramanian V

Aug 4, 2019

It has to be more intensive about pronunciation.

By Diana L

Aug 3, 2020

Hizo falta que se incluyan los caracteres chino

By natashya q

Jul 19, 2020

I also want to learn the Chinese characters.

By nibrass

May 24, 2020

The way of teaching is difficult to remember

By Shikha P

Aug 15, 2015

Course is enjoyable and interesting so far.

By Sutthinan W

Jun 20, 2020

no pinyin to teach us so a little bit hard