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CHNS02702 months ago

Expect many small reading quizzes, frequent readings from a pretty dry textbook, and lectures that leave you wondering what exactly you're supposed to retain. If you're passionate about Chinese linguistics the class can be pretty fun–there are several class debates about romanization/character simplification.

Lots of HomeworkFair Grading
3hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would take again
CHNS01013 months ago

Du Laoshi has a blunt and traditional teaching style, but the class is still interesting nonetheless. I don't know if I would take this class just to fill a distribution requirement, as there is a lot of outside review required since you learn a lot of new characters every week (approx. 5 per day). My family speaks Chinese and I still had to study multiple hours a week of the material. Also be ready for weekly quizzes and bi-weekly tests.

Du Laoshi has a blunt and traditional teaching style, but the class is still interesting nonetheless. I don't know if I would take this class just to fill a distribution requirement, as there is a lot of outside review required since you learn a lot of new characters every week (approx. 5 per day). My family speaks Chinese and I stil …Read more

Fast-PacedFair Grading
3hrs / week Some difficulty High value Would take again
CHNS01013 months ago

Beginning Chinese is definitely not for the weak, because it does take a lot of time to memorize the different characters. Du Laoshi is nice, but she keeps you on your toes and will know if you didn't prepare for the class. I had a lot of fun learning the language, but I will say if you don't like learning new languages or you're not enjoying it, I don't think it would be worth the work.

Beginning Chinese is definitely not for the weak, because it does take a lot of time to memorize the different characters. Du Laoshi is nice, but she keeps you on your toes and will know if you didn't prepare for the class. I had a lot of fun learning the language, but I will say if you don't like learning new languages or you're not …Read more

Fast-PacedLots of HomeworkFair Grading
6hrs / week Some difficulty High value Would not take again
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