With China’s prominence on the world stage, learning Mandarin provides a professional edge to many career paths, as well as a valuable window into Chinese culture. Through 10 dynamic, weekly synchronous Zoom classes supplemented by daily interactive and engaging asynchronous online practice, you can conveniently and efficiently take the first bold steps toward Mandarin language proficiency. Emphasis is placed on listening, speaking, reading, and writing, along with basic pronunciation and tones through vocabulary, useful expressions, and grammatical structures. Learn the Pinyin transliteration system and basic radicals. By the course’s conclusion, you’ll have 75 characters mastered. This format allows students to supplement at their own pace online and make sequential progress that is closely overseen by the instructor. Classes are conducted in Mandarin to the extent possible. Registering at least two weeks prior to the course start date is highly recommended.
This course is delivered in an online format that uses a combination of real-time, instructor-led (synchronous) video meetings and self-paced (asynchronous) learning within NYU’s online learning platform, and there are weekly deadlines for lesson and assignment completion.
You'll Walk Away with
- Proficiency in basic pronunciation and tones through vocabulary, useful expressions, and grammatical structures
- Beginner-level conversational skills
- Absolute beginners to Mandarin
- Individuals seeking a solid foundation in Mandarin with the reinforcement of targeted online practice