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European Day of Languages Quiz

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European Day of Languages Quiz
Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Aug 2013
Are there more sheep in Wales than humans? Test your language and culture knowledge to celebrate the European Day of Languages (26 September).

European Day of Languages Quiz

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European Day of Languages Quiz
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Sep 2012
Learn your 'ti' from your 'cha' with this quiz on different languages to celebrate the European Day of Languages (26 September)

Video collection: Chinese at the tip of your tongue

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Aug 2012
Ever wondered why 2008 Beijing Olympics opened at 8pm on the 8th day of the 8th month? Delve into the world of the Chinese language and ...

Chinese at the tip of your tongue: A glimpse of Chinese

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2012
Why does Chinese sound so tonal? Dr Kan explains the myth of pronouncing Chinese characters.

Chinese at the tip of your tongue: Culture behind the numbers

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2012
Just like in other cultures, numbers have hidden meanings in Chinese culture too. Discover the philosophy behind the figures.

Chinese at the tip of your tongue: East, west, south and north

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2012
Place names in Chinese are often associated with their geographical locations. Can you guess the place names correctly?

Chinese at the tip of your tongue: How do you translate brand names?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2012
Have you got a 'treasure horse'? Discover the interesting stories behind the Chinese translations of international car brands.

Entering the Dragon: Chinese New Year

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Jan 2012
As we enter an auspicious year in the Chinese horoscope, a guide to making your new year wishes - and what the start of the Dragon might mean.

As cute as a panda

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Dec 2011
To celebrate the arrival of giant pandas Yangguang and Tiantian to Edinburgh Zoo, Dr Qian Kan teaches us how to talk about pandas in Chinese  

Chinese application: A new way to start a language

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Jun 2011
Why is an app an ideal way to learn a new language? Qian Kan, one of the team members behind the OU course Beginner's Chinese and the "Chinese...

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Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 31 Mar 2014
This unit is a language unit that concentrates on Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication, but also provides some insights into Chinese...