Professor Zhang has been teaching Mandarin for almost 20 years, he said that in the past, learning mandarin is a difficult task to foreign students, especially the characters and pronunciation, Mandarin 101 helps them to learn Basic Survival Language easier.
Majority of Taiwan’s foreign students have a keen interest in the history and art culture of Taiwan’s traditional character. Their purpose of learning Mandarin is way more than communication use, but also passing down the culture. Professor Zhang said that the open-minded academic environment of Taiwan is safer for them to discuss and do researches.
“Mandarin is a product of wisdom from Chinese’s 5000 years’ history, it’s difficult to sum up in a word or master the language within a temporarily staying, Mandarin 101 was born to solve this.” Professor Zhang said bluntly. This material is suitable for beginners, foreigners can learn 66 kinds of grammar, 372 vocabularies and 624 words in a short period. Self-recommendation, ordering food, asking for help, direction, accommodation and hospitality. In the past, foreigner thought that lots of vocabulary has to be learnt before communicating with others, Mandarin 101 teaches them Basic Survival Language.
Currently, Mandarin 101 has launched beta at universities of Japan, the Philippines and other countries, Professor Zhang hopes that it can put into use after the material is completed. After finishing the foundation learning, it can be used according to different professions and fields.