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Part 1 of Chinese Basic now available for download.

Chinese Basic 2 will be available soon.

Chinese

Chinese Basic

Overview

This is a twofold web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for basic level students of Chinese. It focuses on listening and reading skills and it also includes many activities that help learners prepare for speaking and writing.

Screenshots

Click on an image to view the full size version and keep on clicking to navigate through all the other full-size images.

FAQ

Q: What computer do I need to run the web-application?
A:
  • A computer with a recent webbrowser (Firefox 3.0, Internet Explorer or later) and Flash 9.0 or later.
  • Headphones are recommended.
Q: How do I start the Chinese Basic application?
A:
  • Unzip the files into a folder.
  • Open the folder called 'Basic1' and load the index.html file into a browser (Firefox is probably best, or any recent browser) and then follow the navigation from there.
  • To make it easier for future access create a shortcut to the index.html file.

Contact us

Please make sure you have read the FAQ before you contact us.

Email: opencourseware@langcen.cam.ac.uk

Download

Zip fileChinese Basic 1 (223 MB)

Intermediate Chinese

Overview

This is a web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for intermediate level students of Chinese. The material is function-based and presented through nine themes, each based on 3 or 4 audio dialogues. Comprehension of each dialogue is supported by vocabulary help, transcript (in Chinese characters with optional pinyin access), translation, language notes and comprehension activities. There are also notes on cultural background, language functions, grammar notes, practice activities, reading material and a self-test to help learners evaluate their progress.

Please Read the Read Me First file.

Screenshots

Click on each image to view its full size version.

FAQ

Q: What computer do I need to run the web-application?
A:
  • A computer with a recent webbrowser (Firefox 3.0, Internet Explorer or later) and Flash 9.0 or later.
  • Headphones are recommended.
Q: How do I start the Intermediate Chinese application?
A:
  • Unzip the files into a folder.
  • Open the folder and load the index.html file into a browser (Firefox is probably best, or any recent browser) and then follow the navigation from there.
  • To make it easier for future access create a shortcut to the index.html file.

Contact us

Please make sure you have read the FAQ before you contact us.

Email: opencourseware@langcen.cam.ac.uk

Download - Full Program

Zip fileIntermediate Chinese (1GB)
Zip fileRead Me First

Because the full Intermediate Chinese program is almost 1GB we are making the themes available as individual downloads.

Download - Themes

If you use a theme on its own the 'Home' button will not work. However if you download the Top level files with placeholders for themes <intchinese_ntc.zip> folder first you will have all the top level files including the the top level index.html page and a placeholder index.html file inside each of the nine theme folders.

When you download a theme simply replace the folder with the same name inside the 'content' folder.

Zip file Top level files with placeholders for themes (0.5MB) Zip file Additional Read Me (for individual themes)
Zip file 1: First Encounter (96MB) Zip file 2: Induction Day (82MB) Zip file 3: Social Visit (97MB)
Zip file 4: Managing Finances (104MB) Zip file 5: Looking for a Flat (111MB) Zip file 6: Shopping Experience (97MB)
Zip file 7: Travelling in China (127MB) Zip file 8: Seeking Medical Advice (98MB) Zip file 9: Keeping in Contact (111MB)

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