How to Learn a Chinese Dialect

Richard V. Simmons (Asian Languages and Cultures)

Learn Cantonese, Taiwanese, Shanghainese, and maybe even others! This seminar will introduce the fundamentals of a single Chinese dialect over the 10 week course. The specific language we will study will be chosen by a poll of the registered students before the class starts. By the end of the course students will be able to carry out simple, basic conversational tasks in the language, write the dialect in Romanization, and be equipped with the skills to continue to learn the dialect on their own. Successful completion of the seminar requires regular attendance and participation, as well as composing and presenting a short conversational skit at the end of the course. This seminar has no prerequisites. Knowledge of Standard Chinese (aka Mandarin) is not required. Native and heritage speakers of Chinese dialects are welcome to take the course and to serve as linguistic informants or tutors.