Mizzou Mandarin – Chinese Level 1 Brief Introduction to China



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Mizzou Mandarin – Chinese Level 1


  1. Brief Introduction to China

  1. China geography and population

  2. Contemporary China

  3. Q&A about China




  1. Daily Conversations

  1. Greetings

  2. Scene dialogues

  3. Chinese phonetic symbol (pin yin)

  4. Tongue twisters




  1. Chinese Food

  1. Introduction to Chinese eight cuisines (highlight Sichuan cuisine with videos)

  2. Food habits

  3. learn to say Chinese food ( rice , vegetables, soup)

  4. dialogue: order food




  1. Chinese Festivals

  1. Spring Festival

  2. Ching Ming Festival

  3. Dragon Boat Festival

  4. Mid-Autumn Festival




  1. Chinese traditional clothing

  1. Han Chinese clothing

  2. Tang clothing

  3. Chinese tunic suit and Qipao




  1. Chinese Zodiac

  1. The story of 12 zodiacs

  2. The meanings of each zodiac

  3. Find your own zodiac

  4. Learn a dialogue about zodiac




  1. Traveling in China

  1. How to travel in China

  2. City Introduction (Beijing , Shanghai , Xi'an , Hong Kong)

  3. learn to read Chinese guide signs

  4. learn to ask for directions




  1. Chinese handcrafts

  1. Chinese origami

  2. Chinese paper-cut

  3. Chinese knot




  1. Chinese folk music and folk dance

  1. Introduction to 56 Chinese nationalities

  2. Listen to and enjoy some classic Chinese folk music (Aobaoxianghui , Kangding Love Song , Alishan girl)

  3. Enjoy some classic dance (Uygur, Dai, Tibetan dance)

  4. learn to sing folk song Jasmine flower




  1. Chinese Families

  1. Conception of Chinese family

  2. The one-child policy V.S. two-child policy

  3. Comparison between Chinese & American family


Mizzou Mandarin - Chinese Level 2

  1. Chinese celebrities

  1. Chines present chairman and First Lady

  2. Sports celebrities

  3. Nobel Prize winners



  1. Variety shows in China

  1. Hit shows ("You Are the One")

  2. Reality show ("Hurry Up, Brother")

  3. Parenting programs ("Where is the father")



  1. Sports in China

  1. Chinese martial arts (history, enjoy movie clips, introduce the famous martial arts star)

  2. Table tennis

  3. Tai Chi

  4. Square Dance



  1. Chinese love and marriage

  1. In contrast to Western love and marriage

  2. A unique phenomenon in contemporary China – blind dates

  3. The Leftover-women issue



  1. Famous Chinese brands

  1. Technology: Lenovo Computer, Huawei handsets

  2. Food: Weiquan, Guanshengyuan

  3. Internet media: Tencent, Ali Baba



  1. Chinese idioms stories

  1. Where there is a will there is a way

  2. Do as the Romans do

  3. Absent-minded

  4. Bon voyage

  5. How to use idioms



  1. Chinese Four Greatest Inventions and others

  1. The Chinese compass, paper, printing, gunpowder

  2. Chinese Chess

  3. Chinese Five-in-a-row



  1. Chinese Civil Buildings

a. Southern Civil Buildings

b. Northern Civil Buildings

c. Geomantic omen


  1. China transportation

a. Information on public transportation system

b. Why public transportation in China is prosperous

c. The problems of traffic jam in first-tier and second-tier cities


  1. Chinese worldwide famous films

a. Farewell to My Concubine, Chen Kaige

b. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Li An

c. Hero, Zhang Yimou

c. The Grand master, Wang Jiawei

Mizzou Mandarin - Chinese Level 3

1. Chinese Character and Calligraphy

a. Introduction to Chinese characters and calligraphy

b. How Chinese characters and calligraphy evolved

c. Appreciate the masterwork of calligraphy

d.Learn and try to do calligraphy

2. Traditional Chinese medical science

a. Concept of traditional Chinese medical science

b. Traits of traditional Chinese medical science (theory that man is an integral part of nature; Yang and Yin)

c. Representatives of traditional Chinese medical science (Hua Tuo, Bian Que, Li Shizhen)

d. Therapeutic tools (Chinese herb medicine, cupping therapy and acupuncture)

3. Chinese Fairy tales

a. The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid

b. Nǚwa mending the sky

c. The mythical bird Jingwei trying to fill up the sea with pebbles

d. The Goddess Chang E flying to the moon

4. Four classic novels in ancient China

a. A Dream in Red Mansions

b. The Romance of the Three Kingdoms

c. Water Margin

d. Journey to the West


  1. Chinese painting Art

a. Introduction to Chinese painting art

b. How it evolved

c. Enjoy painting art

d. Learn and try Chinese painting art




  1. Confucius

a. Brief biography of Confucius

b. Confucianism

c. Classic saying

7. Education in China

a. Chinese ancient imperial examination system

b. Chinese-style & Tiger mother education

c. China Entrance Examinations (JEE Evolution and Reform)

d. In contrast to Western education

8. Chinese historical sites

a. The Great Wall

b. Terracotta Warriors

c. The Forbidden City

d. The Summer Palace

9. The emperors as great achievers in Chinese history

a. The First Emperor of Qin dynasty, Ying Zheng

b. Han dynasty Emperor, Liu Che

c. Tang dynasty Emperor, Li Shimin

d. Tang dynasty Empress, Wu Zetian

e. Qing dynasty Emperor, Kangxi



10. The ancient Chinese philosophy

a. Various philosophy schools during Spring and Autumn Period (B.C. 770-B.C.476)

b. Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism during Han and Tang Dynasties

c. Development of Confucianism in the Song Dynasty



d. The merging of Eastern and Western schools of philosophy in pre-modern times


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