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  • Year of the Rat: Chinese New Year

    By The OpenLearn team

    Happy Year of the Rat. Why not learn how to write and pronounce basic Chinese words to celebrate Chinese New Year?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Jan 2020

  • Year of the Rat: Chinese New Year

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jan 2020
    Happy Year of the Rat. Why not learn how to write and pronounce basic Chinese words to celebrate Chinese New Year?
  • A brief introduction to the Chinese education system

    By Dr Qian Kan

    This article outlines the structure of the Chinese education system and the study hours expected at a Chinese school. 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • A brief introduction to the Chinese education system

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    This article outlines the structure of the Chinese education system and the study hours expected at a Chinese school. 
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    30 Aug 2019

  • Chinese education: How do things work?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    How is education structured in China? This article explores...
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    12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning

    By Dr Qian Kan

    What's your favourite Confucius quote on education and learning? Look at these examples and let us know what you think by voting in our poll. 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Mar 2019

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Mar 2019
    What's your favourite Confucius quote on education and learning? Look at these examples and let us know what you think by voting in our poll. 
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    Download our Chinese characters learning apps

    By Dr Qian Kan

    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 Characters First Steps" (Android only) and “Chinese@OU’ apps (iOS and Android) explains.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Aug 2018

  • Download our Chinese characters learning apps

    Download our Chinese characters learning apps Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Qian Kan
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Aug 2018
    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 Characters...
  • Year of the Pig: Chinese New Year

    By The OpenLearn team

    As the Chinese celebrate the Year of the Pig, why not learn how to write and pronounce basic Chinese words?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Feb 2018

  • Year of the Pig: Chinese New Year

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Feb 2018
    As the Chinese celebrate the Year of the Pig, why not learn how to write and pronounce basic Chinese words?
  • Why is 'modern language' taken to mean 'European language'?

    By Dr Jieun Kiaer

    In education in the UK, 'modern languages' all too often means those of Northern Europe.  Dr Jieun Kiaer argues that it's an attitude that's outdated.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Jun 2017

  • Why is 'modern language' taken to mean 'European language'?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2017
    In education in the UK, 'modern languages' all too often means those of Northern Europe.  Dr Jieun Kiaer argues that it's an attitude that's outdated.
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    Writing across cultures

    By Xiaolu Guo

    Xiaolu Guo explains how she approached her novel, A Concise Chinese–English Dictionary for Lovers - making creativity work across the English and Chinese languages

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    28 Feb 2017

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Feb 2017
    Xiaolu Guo explains how she approached her novel, A Concise Chinese–English Dictionary for Lovers - making creativity work across the English and Chinese...
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    Year of the Rooster: Chinese New Year

    By The OpenLearn team

    As the Chinese celebrate the Year of the Rooster, why not learn how to write and pronounce basic Chinese words, or find out more about the people and culture?

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Jan 2017

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jan 2017
    As the Chinese celebrate the Year of the Rooster, why not learn how to write and pronounce basic Chinese words, or find out more about the people and culture?
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    Living Shakespeare: Hong Ying on China and the sonnets

    Shakespeare's sonnets were once banned in China and are now popular with the gay community. Hong Ying, author of ‘Daughter of the River’ looks at Shakespeare’s sonnets as they relate to sexuality and love in China. 

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    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2016

  • Living Shakespeare: Hong Ying on China and the sonnets

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
    Shakespeare's sonnets were once banned in China and are now popular with the gay community. Hong Ying, author of ‘Daughter of the River’ looks at...

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  • Beginners’ Chinese: a taster course

    Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture This free course Beginners Chinese a taster course provides a brief introduction to the Chinese language its scripts and sounds and how words are formed You will hear short conversations where people greet each other and introduce themselves and learn how to count from one to ten Youll learn different ways of saying your name and greeting people as well as give your telephone number This OpenLearn course is introductory material for absolute beginners in Chinese

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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Oct 2020

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    Beginners’ Chinese: a taster course
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 22 Oct 2020
    Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into...

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    MA in Translation

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    MA in Translation
    Updated 23 Nov 2020
    This qualification is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills as a...

    Making your learning count

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    Making your learning count
    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 23 Nov 2020
    This innovative and flexible OU level 1 module allows you to count previous or...

    Introduction to translation theory and practice

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    Introduction to translation theory and practice
    Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2020
    In this online module, you'll explore different approaches to translation and...

    Beginners' Chinese

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    Beginners' Chinese
    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 23 Sep 2019
    ??? will give you the skills you need to speak and understand simple Chinese ...