CHIN 131
Basic Cantonese Spring 2022
Division I

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An introduction to Standard Cantonese, a major regional language of southern China which is spoken by over 70 million people in Hong Kong, Macao, Guangdong, and Guangxi as well as by many overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia, Hawaii, and North America. Due to the pervasive influence of Hong Kong as well as the economic transformation of Guangdong Province, the prestige of Cantonese within greater China rose steadily in the period 1980-2010 and it continues to be an important language today. Our focus in this course will be on developing basic listening and speaking skills, though some attention will also be paid to written Cantonese, including the special characters which have been used for centuries to write colloquial Cantonese, which have become even more widely used in Hong Kong since 1997. Since students will ordinarily possess prior proficiency in Mandarin, a rather closely related language, they should be able to attain in one semester approximately the same proficiency level that is attained in the first two semesters of Mandarin.
The Class: Format: seminar; dialog performance, drills, communicative exercises, oral reading, questions, and discussion
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3409
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Evaluation is based on classroom performance, quizzes, unit tests, and an oral and written final exam.
Prerequisites: CHIN 202 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Chinese and East Asian Languages & Cultures majors as well as Asian Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division I

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