An introduction to China and Mandarin, the official Chinese language. Mandarin is taught in schools using pinyin, a romanised, phonetic system of writing Chinese. There's a brief introduction to how Chinese characters are formed and how calligraphy is still practised as an art. The clip covers greeting people and saying your name.
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- First broadcast:
- 4 November 2010
After showing students the clip, practise the basic Chinese greetings. Write down both pinyin and characters of Nihao, Zaijian, Xiexie on the white board as a reminder for the students or use pre-prepared flash cards before putting the students in pairs to act out a greeting scenario.