Course code Valo1047
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of student independent work hours
6 9 96 96 144
E-courses Valo1047: Chinese - Phonetics
Course annotation The course is designed to acquaint students with the basics of Chinese phonetics. The Mandarin Chinese phonetically is based on Beijing dialect's pronunciation and is the official language of Chinese mainland and Taiwan. Since there are approximately 404 syllables in Chinese, lexical meaning of words is expressed through the 4 tones of Mandarin Chinese. The stress is laid on phonetic exercises, listening exercises. In the middle of the semester the course is merged with the course of Chinese characters and the students start to learn everyday spoken language.
Course responsible lecturer Jānis Priede
Results Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to distinguish all the Chinese syllables and write down them with correct tones. Moreover they will be able to read texts which are written in pinyin transcription. Conversational skills enable to tell in Chinese about oneself in a simple way and establish first contacts with people from China or Taiwan.
Course plan
Course plan:
1.Transcription. Pinyin. 4L
2.Initials and Finals. 6L
3.Consonants and Vowels. 46L
4.Tones. 6L
5.Syllables. 24L
6.Everyday spoken Chinese. 10L

Requirements for obtaining credit points Students' assessment includes:

- active work at the lectures (20%),
- 10 tests (30%),
- final examination: a)written part (25%); b)oral part (25%).

Study programmes Asian Studies