Maricopa Community Colleges  CHI101   19926-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 5-26-1992

CHI101  1992 Fall – 2011 Summer II

L+L  5.0 Credit(s)  6.0 Period(s)  5.7 Load  Acad

Elementary Chinese (Mandarin) I

Introduction to the basic grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary of the Mandarin Chinese language. Includes the study of Chinese culture, practice of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


CHI101  1992 Fall – 2011 Summer II

Elementary Chinese (Mandarin) I



Use terms related to money, shopping and price. (I)


Use terms related to time, day, and month. (I)


Use terms related to place, including inquiring actions. (I)


Demonstrate proper social interaction with Chinese using Mandarin Chinese language. (I)


Identify and practice Chinese rules of grammar. (II)


Identify and use common types of question constructions in Chinese. (II)


Identify and use equative sentences in Chinese. (II)


Identify and use correct verb forms in Chinese. (II)


Identify and use direct and indirect objects in Chinese. (II)


Identify and use modifiers in Chinese. (II)


Read, pronounce and write basic Chinese sentences and expressions. (I, II, III)


Read and write approximately 180 Chinese characters. (I, II)


Demonstrate proper pronunciation, intonation and standard Mandarin accent of Chinese official language for both Taiwan and Mainland China. (I, II, III)


Demonstrate basic oral communication and aural comprehension skill in Mandarin Chinese. (I, II, III)


Describe basic elements of Chinese history and culture. (IV)

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CHI101  1992 Fall – 2011 Summer II

Elementary Chinese (Mandarin) I

I. Vocabulary and Dialogue

A. Greeting Friends

B. Introducing each other

C. Money and price

D. Shopping

E. Family relations

F. Household

G. Table manners

H. Telling time, day, month

I. Writing letters

J. Clothing

K. Giving and receiving

L. Apologize and thanks

M. Receiving phone calls

N. Asking directions

O. Inquiring about places

P. Inviting people

II. Grammar

A. Pronunciation of Chinese sounds

1. Introducing Yale University and Pin-Yin systems

2. Symbols of consonants and vowels

3. Five tones and intonation

B. Simple sentence structure

1. Functive and stative sentences

2. Function of stative verbs

C. Three types of questionnaire forms

1. Simple directive question with particle "ma"

2. Alternative and choice question

3. Question word type

D. Equative sentences

1. Coordination

2. Possessive "de"

3. Qualificative

E. The totalizing adverb "dou"

1. Positive

2. Negative

3. Collective

4. Prestate the object or the type

F. Direct and Indirect Object

G. Auxiliary Verbs

H. Particles and Interjections

1. Indicators and grammatical significance

2. Expressing emotions

3. Use of "ba" for mild command, suggestion, presumption or agreement

I. Specifier + Numbers + Measures (+Noun

1. Definite and indefinite

2. Quantification

3. Specification

4. General and specific measure

5. Amount and unit

6. Monetary expressions

7. Approximations

J. Change Status

1. Time expressions

2. Time difference

3. Time element

K. Modification

1. Use of "de"

2. By noun clauses

3. By stative verbs

4. General and specific modifying clauses

L. Location and Existence

1. Coverb as modifiers of the main verb

2. Locative as main verb + place word

3. Coverbial and functive expressions

M. Movement and Directions

1. Contingent and progressive action

2. Continuing state or position with the adverb "hai"

3. Continuity or suspense with the particle "ne"

4. Means of conveyance and tis position in the sentence structure

5. Starting point and destination "from" and "to"

6. Purpose of directional verbs

N. Use of question words as statements

1. Indefinites

2. Inclusives before "dou"

3. Intense exclusiveness "lyan + yi + measure + noun"..."dou(ye)"

O. Completed Action with "le"

1. Simple verb action

2. With simple unquantified object

3. With measured objects

4. Negated and suspended action

5. Time of action and habitual action

6. Time meanings

P. Time Expressions

1. As measure of action

2. "" construction

3. Incomplete and completed action

4. Time words as adverbs and as nouns

5. Types of time when expressions and time clauses

6. Indefinite quantities of time elements

7. Previous and succeeding time units

III. Chinese Characters

A. Explanations of Radicals

B. Pronunciation of sounds

C. Meanings of expressions

D. Stroke orders

IV. Basic aspects of Chinese Culture


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