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Pinyin Crash


7 and up


No previous Mandarin experience needed. Students are required to finish homework assignments, which will be given each week. Daily practice with the CD is necessary.

Class duration

5 lessons in total, 1 lesson/week, 55 minutes/lesson. The first lesson starts on the third week of each quarter.

Material needed

One CD-ROM, one lesson book, and one exercise book. (Materials are available at school. $15 in total).


This short-period class is designed for students who want to take a Chinese course (levels 1-7), but have not learned Pin-Yin yet.

Chinese Pin-yin is the Romanization of the Chinese "written sound." Romanization approximates Mandarin pronunciation with Western spellings and includes a tone mark to signify the pitch of a word. Just like the alphabet A - Z for English, Pinyin provides a phonetic alphabet for Chinese, and is taught from Grade 1 in Chinese elementary schools. It is a fundamental tool used for learning the spelling of Chinese characters throughout Chinese language study.

Pinyin is used by most modern Chinese dictionaries to denote pronunciation of characters. It is also an efficient input method in Chinese computer software, which is natively supported by Microsoft Windows OS. After mastering Pinyin, you can easily read Chinese books with Pinyin marked, learn Chinese characters by looking in the dictionary, or input Chinese characters into your computer, it will take your Chinese study to a higher level.

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