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Aims and structure

Bridge to China consists of two parts:

  • A catalogue of academic China-related Internet resources
  • A course in modern spoken Mandarin

Both parts are accessible via

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www.bridgetochina.org.uk

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Aims

Bridge to China aims to further the understanding of all aspects of the Chinese speaking world.
It gives particular importance to the understanding of the modern Mandarin language.

So, what would I get out of it?

  • If you do not speak Mandarin, you will learn from the resources even at this early stage of their development. When you get to a stage when you can contribute, you will learn even more. (Teaching's a good way of learning.)
  • If you are a native speaker of Mandarin, you will learn how your language works. This is useful, for example if you ever want to teach it.

Structure

Eventually the catalogue part of Bridge to China will look like

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Bridge to Japan

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The Mandarin course part of Bridge to China will be open access and contain:

  • a grammar of modern spoken Chinese with many examples and simple explanations
  • a dictionary of words used in the course
  • a module for learning three Simplified Chinese characters a day (where Traditional characters are different this will be mentioned)
  • sound files for the conversations in the course

Characteristics

What is different about these resources?

  • They are created by a small group of people. The wiki platform facilitates collaborative working.
  • They are open access. Moreover, if you are interested in contributing, just get in contact.
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