At the end of the module you will be able to appropriately use Chinese to:
1. Identify yourself or someone else by title, surname and/or full name.
2. Affirm or negate someone's identity.
3. Greet someone and respond to a greeting.
4. Count from 0 to 99,999 in isolation.
5. State location of people and places.
6. Identify your or someone else's place of origin and nationality.
7. Ask and respond to questions about where someone is staying or living.
8. Express possession and existence using the verb you.
9. Ask and respond to questions about the number of someone's family members, and their relationship to each other.
10. Ask and respond to questions about birthday and birth places.
11. Ask and respond to questions about employment and places of employment.
12. Ask and respond to questions about specific location of place of employment.
13. Ask and respond to questions regarding location of spe-cific building in relation to other buildings or places of employment.
14. Dodge an impolite or embarrassing question.
Achievement of the above objectives will be evaluated by means of a CRT (Criterion Referenced Test) administered at the end of the module.
Chinese is a group of related but in many cases mutually unintelligible language varieties, forming a branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. Chinese is spoken by the Han majority and many other ethnic groups in China. Nearly 1.2 billion people (around 16% of the world's population) speak some form of Chinese as their first language.
The varieties of Chinese are usually described by native speakers as dialects of a single Chinese language, but linguists note that they are as diverse as a language family. The internal diversity of Chinese has been likened to that of the Romance languages, but may be even more varied. There are between 7 and 13 main regional groups of Chinese (depending on classification scheme), of which the most spoken, by far, is Mandarin (about 960 million), followed by Wu (80 million), Yue (70 million) and Min (70 million). Most of these groups are mutually unintelligible, although some, like Xiang and the Southwest Mandarin dialects, may share common terms and some degree of intelligibility. All varieties of Chinese are tonal and analytic.
Chinese Mandarin is spoken in: China
Chinese Mandarin is also called: Beifang Fangyan, Guanhua, Guoyu, Hanyu, Hoton, Huayu, Hui, Hui-Zu, Hytad, Kuoyu, Mandarin, Northern Chinese, Putonghua, Qotong, Standard Chinese, Xui