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    Nov 26, 2015
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Its never a bad idea to pick up a new language. Why take Chinese? Although the language may be hard, there are barely any quality programs in the world that offer Chinese lessons. Not to mention programs outside the school cost money. At school its free and takes students through 3 years of Mandarin Chinese starting with basics to more difficult words and phrases. The teacher Ms.Lin is one of the nicest teachers and is willing to help those who need it. She would not mind staying hours later to help one student who is lagging a bit behind! The class is always involved in the lessons. We usually needed to have a conversation in Chinese with other students or the teacher. It was difficult at first but as time went on with continuous practice and aid from the teacher all the students were able to easily speak Chinese. I wish i knew that all the characters in Chinese are similar with a slight variation to it such as an extra stroke to make a different character. Instead of memorizing each individual word, learn the base of each type of word instead. Water and ice have a single stroke difference in character, instead of learning both characters, only learn water and remember there is an extra stroke to make ice.The course helped me and is well worth the difficultly level of the course! I can finally go to a Chinese supermarket without having a language barrier.

    Course highlights:

    Highlights of this course was learning how to apply the language to life. Although being a language it was not too difficult to find moments where it is needed but it was interesting role playing in specific situations and having to talk to someone about it in Chinese. For example we did a lesson about asking for help. We included scenarios such as being lost and needing direction, or there was a car crash and you need to call the police. If moments like this ever happen we are all ready.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Advice for this course would be to never fall behind because each lesson is connected. Lessons on driving for example includes words that would be needed for lessons on vacation because you would have to talk about driving places while on vacation. Do not lag behind without getting assistance or cheat your way past a lesson because every lesson from then on will bring up previous topics.

    • Winter 2015

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