Confucius Institute to offer basic Mandarin course

August 3, 2015  

The Confucius Institute at Purdue will offer Basic Mandarin Chinese this fall as a six-week, noncredit course.

The course, focusing on spoken Chinese, will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday night Sept. 17-Oct. 22 in Rawls Hall, Room 1071. Cost is $120, and the registration deadline is Sept. 16.

The course is designed for adult beginners with 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 also will 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

Questions about registration should be directed to Christy Marks at or 765-494-9665.

Questions about the course should be directed to Wei Hong at or 765-494-3859. Professor Hong is the institute's director. 

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