A Great Free Chinese Intermediate Grammar Course

I am a huge fan of edx.org, a site that offers hundreds of courses from some of the best universities in the world. I recently discovered that there is a Chinese Intermediate Course there. The course is free to audit, but if you want to get a certificate as proof of completing the course, you can pay $49 USD. The name of the course is Intermediate Chinese Grammar 中级汉语语法 and the link for it is here. It is from Peking University (北京大学). The more modern romanization of the name of the university would be Beijing University. Beijing University is often considered the best and/or most prestigious university in Mainland China. If you don’t already have an edx account, sign up for a free account with edx.org, and then you can sign up for the class.

Below is a link to the first lesson:

Here you can download the subtitle file which contains double subtitles with Chinese and English right next to each other. You can download that video with tools such as keepvid.com or youtube-dl. I recommend using VLC or some other good video player. Make sure your subtitle encoding is in utf-8. If VLC has problems viewing the subtitles, then use another good video player.

I don’t recommend this class for beginners, though you can build it to it with lots of practice if you aren’t already at that level. This instructor teaches only in Mandarin, though there are Chinese-English subtitles with videos. I find this instructor to be quite good, and believe that you will definitely improve your grammar if you take this course.

Will you take this course now? Have you already taken it? Let’s discuss this in the comments below.

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Growing Up With Chinese: A Great Video Series To Get Started Learning Mandarin

Last updated: December 23, 2016 at 3:11 am
One fantastic and free Chinese video series to watch to get started learning Mandarin is called Growing Up With Chinese (成长汉语). It is a series officially made by CCTV (China Central Television) and is quite professionally made. It starts out at the very beginning level, assuming no prior knowledge of Mandarin, and builds up all the way up to advanced levels. Continue reading “Growing Up With Chinese: A Great Video Series To Get Started Learning Mandarin”

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Apps That Can Evaluate Your Chinese Pronunciation

Last updated: December 20, 2016 at 16:14 pm
I recently came across some great smartphone apps that can evaluate your Chinese pronunciation quality. Pronunciation is absolutely crucial in Mandarin, especially because it is a tonal language. But without a teacher or native Mandarin Chinese speaker, it is hard to know if you are pronouncing words correctly. This article talks about the best free smartphone apps which can evaluate your Chinese pronunciation. Continue reading “Apps That Can Evaluate Your Chinese Pronunciation”

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The Best Paper Chinese Dictionaries

Last updated: December 20, 2016 at 16:14 pm
While these days, there are many great smartphone apps and websites with online Chinese dictionaries, paper Chinese dictionaries are still around and still very useful. In fact, sometimes, paper dictionaries can be better than digital dictionaries because you can be more focused using them, and you don’t have the distractions of your computer or smartphone. You just have the book. Here is a list of what I think are the best paper Chinese dictionaries. Continue reading “The Best Paper Chinese Dictionaries”

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