After taking Chinese for a few years, I still found this class pretty hard and very fast-paced. You need to have a lot of time and genuinely like Chinese. There are mini test almost everyday and you are required to learn both traditional and simplified chinese which is rare
He Laoshi is an incredibly efficient and understanding teacher. As being someone who also learned Chinese as a beginner, she is very thorough in her instructing and will make sure you understand the new material. She is honestly a lifesaver in an otherwise extremely difficult class.
Beginning Chinese was a class was extremely difficult. The culture of the class is very nice, but the material is very difficult. Overall, the professors are good at teaching, especially Harris. You have to work hard to be in this class.