Getting started with Chinese 1
Getting started with Chinese 1

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Getting started with Chinese 1

Week 1: Say hello


In this week, you will learn how to say hello and goodbye in Mandarin Chinese, how to thank people and respond to thanks, and when to use the politeness pronoun nín. You will also be introduced to the Chinese sound system including tones, and how to pronounce some initials and finals. Whilst learning how to pronounce some syllables, you will also learn what Pinyin is and its relationship with Chinese characters. In the quiz section, you will have the opportunity to test yourself on what is covered in Week 1. Finally, in the consolidation and extension section, you will be shown how to build your own language notebook, expand your learning by practising tones as well as reflecting on your learning.


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