Chinese

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我爱中文!

Why Should I Study Mandarin Chinese?

  1. China is the most populous nation in the world with 1.35 billion people.
  2. One-fifth of the planet speaks Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world
  3. China has the second largest economy in the world and is one of the largest trading partners with the United States.
  4. Mandarin Chinese is the official language of the People’s Republic of China and is also spoken widely in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Mongolia.

How well can I expect to learn Chinese?

  1. Chinese has a relatively uncomplicated grammar. Chinese pronouns do not have an objective form. For example, “wo” means “I” and also means “me” in an objective form. Chinese does not have subject and verb agreement. For example, “qu” means “go” and “qu” can be used with any subjects without any form of change. Chinese has no verb conjugation (no need to memorize verb tenses!) and no noun declension (e.g., gender and number distinctions). For example, “wan” means “play”, all you need to do in Chinese is just to remember one word: “wan”. While in English you have to distinguish between “dog” and “dogs”, in Chinese there is only one form: “gou”. (Chinese conveys these distinctions of tense and number in other simple ways.)
  2. The basic word order of Chinese is subject — verb — object, exactly as in English.
  3. Every semester we have more and more students taking Chinese language courses and their evaluations tell us that they can learn it well and it is fun to explore a fresh new language and culture.

 

What Chinese courses are offered at UALR?

  1. Chin 1311 Elementary Chinese I (3 Credits)
  2. Chin 1312 Elementary Chinese II (3 Credits)
  3. Chin 2311 Intermediate Chinese I (3 Credits)
  4. Upper-level independent studies are offered on an individual basis

The three Chinese courses can meet language requirements.


 

What Mandarin Chinese study abroad programs are available to UALR students?

UALR Exchange Program at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages

Students pay tuition and fees at UALR http://c041.wzu.edu.tw/front/bin/ptlist.phtml?Category=36

UALR Affiliate Partner, API 

Programs in Beijing and Shanghai – UALR students receive discounts and scholarship eligibility

http://www.apistudyabroad.com/programs/china/

UALR Affiliate Partner, CIS Abroad

Programs in Beijing and Shanghai – UALR students receive discounts and scholarship eligibility

http://www.cisabroad.com/study-abroad/china

UALR Affiliate Partner, Globalinks

Programs in China, Singapore and Hong Kong

http://www.globalinksabroad.org

UALR Affiliate Partner, ISA

Programs in Beijing – UALR students receive discounts and scholarship eligibility

http://studiesabroad.com/china

UALR Affiliate Partner, World Endeavors

Programs and Internship in China – UALR students receive discounts and scholarship eligibility

http://worldendeavors.com/destinations/asia/china


 

What Chinese activities are available on campus?

The UALR Chinese Corner welcomes you to join us weekly to practice Chinese and experience Chinese culture with visiting Chinese scholars.

The UALR Chinese Conversation Club welcomes you to join us on Facebook! Our club members meet face to face regularly during each semester to practice Chinese, discuss Chinese culture and hold Chinese culture related activities and events.

For more information, please call (501) 569 3272 or email the Lecturer Li Cao at lxcao@ualr.edu.