No prior experience required.
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
This is a beginner's course of Mandarin Chinese. It uses video lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situation. At the end of the 15-week specialization, the learners will reach the following proficiency: 1000 words, 75 language points, and handling 30 real-life situations.
No prior experience required.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a leading research university located in Shanghai, China, has been regarded as the fastest developing university in the country for the last decade. With special strengths in engineering, science, medicine and business, it now offers a comprehensive range of disciplines in 27 schools with more than 41,000 enrolled students from more than one hundred countries.
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Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Each course takes 5 weeks to complete, the whole specialization will take 15 weeks in total.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Simply follow the order from Hello Chinese (1) to (3).
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will be able to use spoken Chinese in most real-life situations. You may also attempt taking HSK (the only official Chinese proficiency test) level 1 or 2 online and pass it.
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