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Work towards mastering the dialect of Mandarin in Chinese for Communication I, which is the official tongue of mainland China and Taiwan and, with more than 1 billion speakers, it is the most widely spoken language in the world. Get a solid foundation in Mandarin—and deepen your understanding of China’s rich history—in this introductory level course. Objectives in this course include basic sentence patterns as well as an introduction to Pinyin, the system used to transcribe Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet.You will learn how to use Chinese in real life as you discuss everyday topics, such as greetings, family, dates and times, hobbies, and visiting friends. 

What You Will Learn:

  • Standard Chinese sounds, tones as well as basic grammar.
  • Vocabulary for students with no prior exposure to Chinese. 
  • The Chinese writing system and elements of Chinese culture will also be introduced. 
  • How to develop basic communicative competence in Chinese listening, speaking, and reading.


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Quarters Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Course Fee: $320
Prerequisite: None
Contact: For more information about this course, please email the academic department at

Course Number: LACH-40000
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)

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