Being Chinese, Speaking Chinese

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  • When learning any language-especially one as different from English as Chinese is-it's always good to start with the basics. From "Hello" and "Goodbye" to "Happy holiday!" and the best ways to identify one's self by name, this program introduces beginning Chinese speakers to practical vocabulary and phrasing techniques. Cultural topics include: how Chinese children learn to speak and write their language, how the average Chinese citizen's passion for fitness relates to ancient beliefs, and how the Chinese celebrate their national identity.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on March 09, 2011.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Portions in Mandarin with Pinyin subtitles.


  • Chinese Greetings (1:34) -- How Chinese Children Learn (1:58) -- Chinese Characters (2:11) -- Chinese Fitness Consciousness (2:18) -- Names and Surnames (1:29) -- China's National Day (3:22) -- Credits: Being Chinese, Speaking Chinese (0:35)
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