Peace Corps - Chinese Language Lessons
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AudiosChinese Mandarin- Lesson 1
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 10
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 11
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 12
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 13
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 14
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 15
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 2
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 3
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 4
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 5
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 6
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 7
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 8
Chinese Mandarin- Lesson 9
The language taught in this Pre-Service Training (PST) for Peace Corps trainees is Mandarin. Mandarin is the official language of the People's Republic of China. It is the dialect spoken in the capital, Beijing. It is taught in all schools and is used for television and broadcast. Almost the entire population understands Mandarin.
Chinese is a language with a large number of words with the same pronunciation but different meanings; what distinguishes these 'homophones' is their 'tonal' quality - the raising and lowering of pitch on certain syllables. Mandarin has four tones - high, rising, falling-rising and falling, plus a fifth "neutral" tone.
This course is composed of 15 lessons:
Lesson 1 - Introduction to Chinese Language
Lesson 2 - Phonetics
Lesson 3 - Basic Grammar
Lesson 4 - Greetings
Lesson 5 - Introductions
Lesson 6 - Numbers/Prices
Lesson 7 - Food & Drink
Lesson 8 - Some Chinese Dishes
Lesson 9 - Useful Phrases
Lesson 10 - Sickness and Emergency
Lesson 11 - Direction and Places
Lesson 12 - Clothes and Colors
Lesson 13 - Time
Lesson 14 - Family
Lesson 15 - Home Items
PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
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