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First year Mandarin Chinese courses are for beginners looking to start to learn a second language. Students will develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of the Chinese language, and will gain a basic understanding of Chinese culture.
Students will learn the composition of Chinese characters and the way of writing them, acquire about 200 basic words and commonly used expressions in daily life, they will use the words and expressions learned to read and write, and become familiar with fundamental Chinese sentence structures and patterns to learn how to use them correctly.
Chin100 was my first language course at UBC. While I had a small amount of exposure to Chinese from my friends, Chin101 provided me with the ability to develop my vocab and learn proper grammar. During the course we had the opportunity to participate in language exchange with Chinese university students. This provided us with the ability to receive feedback on Chinese speaking ability, as well as learn firsthand about Chinese culture. Overall, chin100 gave me the skills to carry out casual conversations and get by in a Chinese speaking environment.
Andrew Kiggins, a 4th year Computer Science took CHIN100. Basic Chinese I, and WRLD 151. Introduction to Languages and Cultures: Mandarin Chinese.