FSI - Chinese - Standard Basic Course - Volume 1

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Standard Chinese - Module 01 ORN - Criterion Test

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Foreign Service Institute Chinese (Mandarin) - Image The FSI Standard Chinese Orientation Module (Volume 1 of 9) and associated resource modules provide the linguistic tools needed to begin the study of Chinese. The materials also introduce the teaching procedures used in this course.

The Orientation Module is not typical course module in several respects. First, it does not have a situational topic of its ovn, but rather leads into the situational topic of the following module - Biographic Information. Second, it teaches only a little Chinese grammar and vocabulary. Third, two of the associated resource modules (Pronunciation and Romanization, Numbers) are not optional; together with the Orientation Module, they are prerequisite to the rest of the course.

OBJECTIVES

Upon successful completion of this FSI Standard Chinese Orientation Module and the two associated resource modules, the student should be able to:

1. Distinguish the bounds and tones of Chinese well enough to be able to write the Pinyin romanization for a syllable after hearing the syllable.
2. Be able to pronounce any combination of sounds found in the words of the Target Lists when given a romanized syllable to read. (Although the entire sound system of Chinese is introduced in the module, the student is responsible for producing only sounds used in the Target Sentences for ORS. Producing the remaining sounds is included in the Objectives for Biographic Information.)
3. Know the names and locations of five cities and five provinces of China well enough to point out their locations on a map, and pronounce the names well enough to be understood by a Chinese.
4. Comprehend the numbers 1 through 99 yell enough to write then down when dictated, and be able to say them in Chinese when given English equivalents.
5. Understand the Chinese system of using personal names, including the use of titles equivalent to "Mr.," and "Mrs."
6. Be able to ask and understand questions about where someone is from.
7. Be able to ask and understand questions about where someone is.
8. Be able to give the English equivalents for all the Chinese expressions in the Target Lists.
9. Be able to say all the Chinese expressions in the Target Lists when used with English equivalents.
10. Be able to take part in short Chinese conversations, based on the Target Lists, about how he is, who he is, and where he is from.

You can find the next volumes of the FSI Chinese Basic course here:
- FSI Chinese - Standard Basic Course - Volume 2
- FSI Chinese - Standard Basic Course - Volume 3
- FSI Chinese - Standard Basic Course - Volume 4
- FSI Chinese - Standard Basic Course - Volume 5
- FSI Chinese - Standard Basic Course - Volume 6
- FSI Chinese - Standard Basic Course - Volume 7
- FSI Chinese - Standard Basic Course - Volume 8
- FSI Chinese - Standard Basic Course - Volume 9

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

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