This class was tough.
I would definitely recommend taking this course! You'll have fun playing interesting and informative games while learning one of the oldest languages still practiced today. Learning how to speak in four differently pitched tones as opposed to English's flat tones as well as learning how to write in progressively complex characters can be eye-opening!
Basic Chinese offers American students a much more open-minded and expanded view of the Eastern world. Setting aside the language, Basic Chinese taught me so much about different cultures in China alone. I learned that many bathrooms in China don't have separators between the main floor and the shower floor-- the shower water just flows into the main floor drain. I learned that saying "I like you" to anyone is pretty much the same as "I love you" (You'll get strange looks from a friend if you give them a casual "I like you"!) I also learned that despite these differences, America is really not all that different from China in the way that we all appreciate the beauty in the world around us.
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Advice for students:
The best advice would be to study every single night so as not to fall behind on material. You cannot afford to miss too many classes or else you will miss out on content-heavy information needed for quizzes and tests. Don't be afraid to ask questions for clarity and use flashcards in order to memorize characters.