Chinese for Beginners

  • Created by Xiaoyu Liu
  • Course Duration 23 hours
  • Price USD$Free
  • User Rating 4.8
  • Platform Coursera
  • Course Link Explore Course
Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Chinese culture and language with our ABC Chinese course for beginners. This comprehensive course provides an introduction to Mandarin phonetics and essential daily expressions, enabling learners to achieve a fundamental understanding and confidently engage in basic conversations


Are you fascinated by the elegance of the Chinese language? Do you dream of engaging in basic conversations with native speakers? Look no further! Welcome to the world of “Chinese for Beginners,” a comprehensive and immersive course designed to introduce you to the mesmerizing realm of Mandarin phonetics and essential daily expressions.

Course Overview

“Chinese for Beginners” is your passport to exploring the enchanting Chinese culture and language. Led by the experienced instructor Xiaoyu Liu, this course is meticulously crafted to provide you with a fundamental understanding of Mandarin while boosting your confidence in conversational Chinese.

What You’ll Gain

By enrolling in this course, you’ll acquire:

  • Basic Mandarin Skills: Build a solid foundation in Mandarin phonetics and pronunciation.
  • Confidence in Conversations: Engage in basic conversations, from introducing yourself to discussing daily routines.
  • Real-life Situational Learning: Learn practical topics, including exchanging personal information, discussing food, shopping, transportation, and more.
  • Cultural Insight: Immerse yourself in Chinese culture through reading materials and interactive activities.
  • Flexible Learning: Learn at your own pace with a flexible schedule, making it suitable for busy individuals.
  • No Chinese Character Learning: Focus solely on speaking skills, making the learning process accessible and enjoyable.

Who This Course is For

“Chinese for Beginners” is perfect for:

  • Language Enthusiasts: If you’re passionate about learning new languages and embracing different cultures, this course is tailor-made for you.
  • Travel Enthusiasts: Planning a trip to China? Equip yourself with essential conversational skills for a smoother and more enriching travel experience.
  • Cultural Explorers: Delve into the depths of Chinese culture, broaden your horizons, and connect with native speakers on a whole new level.

Course Modules

Module 1: Introducing Yourself and Mandarin Phonetics

When we meet someone new, introducing ourselves is the first step towards building a connection. In this module, you’ll not only learn to introduce yourself in Mandarin but also gain insights into the phonetics of the language. Get ready to master the art of pronunciation and make a lasting impression!

What’s included:

  • 5 instructional videos
  • 13 engaging readings
  • 4 interactive quizzes

Module 2: Daily Schedule and Time Management

How do you plan your day in Mandarin? This module unravels the mystery of describing your daily routine, including numbers, time, and corresponding actions. From waking up to winding down, you’ll be equipped to discuss your daily activities fluently.

What’s included:

  • 4 insightful videos
  • 4 informative readings
  • 4 practical quizzes

Module 3: Exploring Chinese Cuisine

Food is a universal language, and in this module, you’ll learn to converse about Chinese main courses, fruits, vegetables, meat, and beverages. Impress your friends with your knowledge of Chinese dishes and enhance your dining experiences.

What’s included:

  • 4 tantalizing videos
  • 5 mouth-watering readings
  • 4 flavorful quizzes

Module 4: Navigating the Shopping Scene

Whether you’re a shopping enthusiast or a minimalist, this module has something for everyone. Learn how to express your color and size preferences, inquire about prices, and even bargain like a local. Navigate the shopping world with confidence!

What’s included:

  • 4 engaging videos
  • 5 informative readings
  • 4 interactive quizzes

Module 5: Giving Directions and Transportation

Getting around is an essential part of daily life. In this module, you’ll learn how to give directions, discuss transportation, and navigate the city like a pro. Whether you’re in China or planning a future visit, these skills will come in handy.

What’s included:

  • 4 informative videos
  • 2 insightful readings
  • 4 practical quizzes

Module 6: Weather and Personal Health

Weather impacts our lives in various ways. Learn to discuss temperature, seasons, and personal health in Mandarin. With China’s diverse climate, you’ll be prepared to chat about weather conditions across different regions.

What’s included:

  • 4 enlightening videos
  • 2 educational readings
  • 4 interactive quizzes

Module 7: Leisure Activities and Hobbies

Discover how to talk about your interests and hobbies in Mandarin. From sports and TV programs to reading, music, and travel, this module covers a spectrum of leisure activities. Engage in conversations and connect with like-minded individuals.

What’s included:

  • 4 engaging videos
  • 3 insightful readings
  • 4 interactive quizzes


Embark on an exciting journey of language and culture with “Chinese for Beginners.” Through immersive learning, expert guidance, and practical conversations, you’ll gain confidence in Mandarin while exploring the intricacies of Chinese culture. Enroll now and open the door to a world of possibilities!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Is this course suitable for complete beginners? A: Absolutely! “Chinese for Beginners” is designed with beginners in mind, providing a solid foundation for those new to the Chinese language.

Q2: Do I need to learn Chinese characters for this course? A: No, this course focuses exclusively on speaking skills, making it accessible even if you’re unfamiliar with Chinese characters.

Q3: Can I learn at my own pace? A: Yes, the course offers a flexible schedule, allowing you to learn at a pace that suits your lifestyle.

Q4: How do I access the immersive game mentioned in the course? A: As a course participant, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to virtually travel to China through an immersive game, enhancing your speaking skills in a real-world context.

Q5: Is financial aid available for this course? A: Yes, financial aid options are available for eligible participants. Reach out to us for more information on how to apply.

Get ready to embark on a journey of language and culture. Enroll in “Chinese for Beginners” now and unlock the beauty of Mandarin and the treasures of Chinese culture.