Chi­nese Con­ver­sa­tion Course in the Fall

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This non-​credit course is designed for adult begin­ners with no or very lit­tle prior knowl­edge of Man­darin Chi­nese. Focus­ing on spo­ken Chi­nese, this course will train the par­tic­i­pants’ basic con­ver­sa­tional skills in Man­darin Chi­nese with top­ics rang­ing from greet­ing, talk­ing about pro­fes­sions to intro­duc­ing fam­ily and mak­ing small talks. Cul­tural top­ics such as fam­ily, cui­sine, tourism, career and edu­ca­tion will be intro­duced as well. After this course, par­tic­i­pants will be able to func­tion socially in every­day sit­u­a­tions when com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the Chi­nese. While mem­o­riz­ing the Chi­nese char­ac­ters is optional, we will also intro­duce the essen­tials of Chi­nese char­ac­ters, or Hanzi, to give the learn­ers a full pic­ture of Man­darin Chi­nese. Course mate­ri­als will be provided.

Course dates: Sep­tem­ber 21 to Octo­ber 26, 2017, Pur­due Uni­ver­sity, West Lafayette, IN.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Pro­fes­sor Wei Hong at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We look for­ward to see­ing you in the classes!

Wel­come to the Con­fu­cius Insti­tute at Pur­due

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CIP Mis­sion

In part­ner­ship with Pur­due Uni­ver­sity China Cen­ter and Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­sity, the Con­fu­cius Insti­tute at Pur­due (CIP) pro­motes Chi­nese pro­grams and stud­ies on China, ini­ti­ates and fos­ters Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­tural pro­grams to serve Pur­due Uni­ver­sity, the Greater Lafayette com­mu­nity and the State of Indi­ana by pro­vid­ing value-​added infor­ma­tion and exper­tise on Chi­nese cul­ture and lan­guage edu­ca­tion in busi­ness, global engi­neer­ing and tourism for aca­d­e­mic pro­grams, research project teams, com­mu­nity out­reach and K-​12 schools.

Watch Online: Video Intro­duc­tion

[Cour­tesy and pro­duced by Xue Dong, stu­dent of Brian Lamb School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Pur­due Uni­ver­sity, Decem­ber 7, 2012.]

CIP Bio

Col­lab­o­ra­tion with Shang­hai Jiao Tong University

Agree­ment Signed by Han­ban and Pur­due in Octo­ber 2006

Open­ing Cer­e­mony on May 14, 2007

First CI in the State of Indi­ana /​First CI to Tar­get the Culture/​Language of Inter­na­tional Busi­ness and Global Engineering

Col­lab­o­ra­tions with Kran­nert School of Man­age­ment, Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing, Col­lege of Lib­eral Arts, Col­lege of Human and Health Sci­ences, and local K-​12 schools.