“Have you eaten yet?” This common Chinese greeting is just one of many common phrases that shows the centrality of food to Taiwanese and Chinese culture. In this course we will focus on the theme of Chinese and Taiwanese food and dining culture as an entrée into the study of Chinese language and culture. As Chinese grammar is very simple with no verb conjugation, no plural, no gender, no articles or subject and object forms, it is very easy to speak Chinese. Students will be able to begin speaking Chinese from the very first class and be able to engage in a lot of daily conversation after one term.
Also by studying the form of the most basic Chinese characters students will simultaneously gain insights into traditional Chinese cultural values while learning to read and write Mandarin. “Let’s do Chinese!” Chinese food? Yes, but also language and culture.
This class will mix synchronous and asynchronous. Students will meet with teacher for 2 hours twice a week and will do online exercises for other hours. All students will meet in small groups once a week with the teacher outside of the regular classes.
Course Level: 2000-level
M/Th 6:30PM-10:10PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year
Categories: All courses , Chinese
Tags: writing , reading , speaking , listening , culture , language