Chinese is a group of related but in many cases mutually unintelligible language varieties, forming a branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. Nearly 1.2 billion people (around 16% of the world’s population) speak some form of Chinese as their first language. There are also sizable Hakka and Shanghainese diasporas, for example in Taiwan, where most Hakka communities are also conversant in Taiwanese and Standard Chinese.
Here is the list of recommended courses to study Chinese online:
It is useful to know about the language when coming to China for travel or business. This is an ABC Chinese course for beginners, including introduction of phonetics and daily expressions.
After taking this class, learners can have a basic understanding of Chinese Mandarin and make basic conversations of daily living such as exchanging personal information, talking about daily arrangements and food, asking about price, introducing the city and the weather, telling your hobbies etc. Selected topics and situations come from real life scenarios and can be used for everyday communications. In addition to the dialogues, the selection of reading materials and practice activities will make the content as rich and varied as possible, in order to stimulate the learners’ interests. This is an elementary course on Chinese speaking. The learners don’t need to study Chinese characters, so it is easier to follow and complete this course.
Utah State University
This course provides an understanding of basic principles of Chinese speaking and written language. The focus in Chinese 1010 is on pronunciation and simple Chinese character writing.
Technical Requirements Windows Media Player is necessary to view some files in this course. QuickTime Player is necessary to view some files in this course.
Cooperating with Michigan Virtual School (MVS), a non-profit online education and training corporation funded by the Michigan Legislature in July 2000. CI-MSU is offering online Chinese courses to high school and middle school students using its interactive teaching methods. Highly-qualified instructors of native speakers of Chinese, and well developed interactive eTextbook Chinese Your Way.