Course Description

Credit Validation for Community Services Center Participants Only

This course provides credit for Mandarin language beginners at the Community Services Center. Survival Chinese I is a course for complete beginners. The course will provide an introduction to Mandarin and explain the tonal system and the pinyin method of writing. The course will focus on learning basic spoken Mandarin. This course is a good opportunity to build skills to be able to communicate with taxi drivers, shop keepers, and market stall owners.

Course Details

Number of Units:  1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend:  This course provides continuing education for foreigners living in Taiwan for a short or extended period of time, who want an introduction to Mandarin and some idea of how to pronounce basic key phrases.

Required Materials:  None



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What You Will Learn

  • Introduce yourself and say your address
  • Count to 99 and ask how much something costs
  • Participate in a basic conversation about where you are from, what you do for a living, and share details about your family members
  • Learn some basic sentence patterns to use outside of the classroom 
  • Understand how the Chinese language works


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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