SMART Mandarin is designed for participants 18 years or older. Students who are younger than 18 must obtain parental consent. SMART Mandarin courses allow participants to improve their Chinese and learn more about Chinese, Taiwanese culture, and life in Asia. These courses are designed for self-study and do not qualify participants for visas of any kind.
What will you learn from SMART Mandarin's audio & video lessons?
Audio LessonsOur audio lessons are topic by topic; students can use the class search engine on our website and find the topic they wish to learn from our audio lesson section. Students will learn a useful phrase from each audio. It’s easy and short!
Video LessonsThere are a total of six sections of our video lessons. They are all structured step-by-step for your learning. Here are our lesson categories and details:
If you are a TOTAL BEGINNER OF CHINESE you MUST start our lesson from this category. You will be learning PINYIN – the pronunciation system of Mandarin Chinese. We will teach you from the very beginning. You’ll start by learning tons of Chinese, the introduction of Pinyin system, how to mark the tone lines, tone practice, tone changing rules, Pinyin initial sounds, and Pinyin final sounds, We will guide you all the way though. By the end of the lesson, you’ll be able to speak in Chinese by reading Pinyin and also how to type with pinyin input on your computer!
- Intro to Chinese
In this category, you’ll learn greetings, numbers, and survival phrases. And all the way to basic structures, grammatical rules as well as how to use correct Chinese grammar in a conversation properly.
Included are daily conversations, such as shopping, eating, ordering food, telling weekdays and time, family, fruit, ordering a cup of coffee to bargaining, and giving directions!
There’s one thing that you should keep in mind when studying this category: Please watch the videos in sequence on our website since each video contains some grammatical rules. You should watch and learn step-by-step.
- Lower Intermediate
In this section, not only will you be able to take your Chinese to another level knowing how to form a longer sentence or conversation in Mandarin with proper grammatical structures, but you’ll also learn different daily topics, ranging from hair salon Chinese to banking Chinese.
Here we also strongly advise you watch the videos with our scheduled sequence one by one in order to learn more efficiently and systematically.
- All About Taiwan
In this category, you’ll learn
- Taiwanese/Chinese night market culture
- famous Taiwanese/Chinese food
- how to rent an apartment in Taiwan
- ordering a cup of milk tea like a local
- how to book a train ticket in Taiwan
- the Taiwanese metro system
- how to deal with a car accident in Taiwan
- and many other useful, cultural topics as well as some survival phrases
In this category, students can choose the topic they wish to learn without following the order of our videos.
- Everyday Slang
Every language has its own special and interesting slang, and in this category we show you some cute and catchy Chinese expressions. Just sit back and enjoy!
Whether you want to have a great conversation with the locals, get around Taiwan/ China with ease, use Chinese for business, or even pass your Mandarin proficiency tests with flying colors, we hope you find our video lessons serve you and help you achieve your goals.
If you have any questions regarding any of our lessons, don’t forget to leave your comment or question under the video. We’ll be happy to help! Or if you want to have a one-on-one Skype lesson with teacher Katrina for practicing your Chinese, you can also schedule a Skype lesson with us here. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In order to perform a better quality of our lesson and keep your Chinese up to date, we upload and renew our video lessons every month. Any changes or updates to our lessons do not change or affect your studies at all!
Finally, we hope you enjoy our lessons at your own pace!
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