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Why Study Chinese?

China is the most populous country in the world with the second largest economy and one of the oldest continuous cultures known. More than one billion people speak Mandarin Chinese, and it is becoming an essential skill for business people and world travelers to have. Chinese is the oldest written language in the world with roughly 6,000 years of history.  There are over 20,000 Chinese characters  but  only 3,000 to 4,000 are necessary to read a newspaper. Chinese grammar is relatively simple compared to languages with Greek or Latin roots. There are no verb conjugations. Bloomberg's calls it "the most useful business language after English"

Where it is spoken?

Cantonese as an official language is spoken in special administrative regions of China, hong Kong and Macau. Mandarin is spoken across China, Taiwan and Singapore.

Chinese Courses Offered at UTSA

CHN 1014  Elementary Chinese I (3-2) 4 hours credit.
Fundamentals of Chinese offering the opportunity to develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduction of Chinese characters and Chinese culture.

CHN 1024  Elementary Chinese II (3-2) 4 hours credit. Prerequisite: CHN 1014, an equivalent, an appropriate placement test score, or consent of instructor.
Fundamentals of Chinese offering the opportunity to develop basic speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Further study of Chinese characters and Chinese culture.

CHN 2013  Intermediate Chinese I (3-1) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CHN 1024, an equivalent, an appropriate placement test score, or consent of instructor.
Continued opportunity to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through structural analysis of the Chinese language. Continued exposure to Chinese culture.

CHN 2023  Intermediate Chinese II (3-1) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: CHN 2013, an equivalent, an appropriate placement test score, or consent of instructor.
Continued opportunity to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through structural analysis of the Chinese language. Continued exposure to Chinese culture.

 

Chinese Faculty at UTSA

Ying Li (Ph.D.) Lecturer II

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