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September 9, 2013

Confucius Institute to offer basic Mandarin course

The Confucius Institute at Purdue will offer "Basic Mandarin Chinese" this fall.

The six-week, noncredit course will meet on every Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18-Oct. 23 in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room G39. Cost is $120, and the registration deadline is Wednesday (Sept. 11).

The course is designed for adult beginners will little or no prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. The course will train participants in basic conversational skills in standard Chinese, and topics will range from greetings and talking about professions to introducing family and making small talk.

Completing this course will allow participants to function socially in everyday situations where Chinese is spoken. The course will also introduce the essentials of Hanzi, or Chinese characters, to give learners a full picture of the language. Memorizing the Chinese characters will be optional.

Course materials will be provided. Online registration is available with credit card payment at www.distance.purdue.edu/mandarin.

Questions about registration should be directed to Denice Johnson at denice@purdue.edu or 49-43571.