A selection of clips from Programme 1 of Real Chinese.

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An introduction to China and Mandarin, the official Chinese language. It shows how Mandarin is taught in schools with the correct tones and using pinyin, a romanised form of spelling. There's a brief introduction to how Chinese characters are formed and how calligraphy is still practised as an art. This clip covers greeting people and saying your name.

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