ESP Biography


Major: 3

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2015

Picture of Chaoyang Liu

Brief Biographical Sketch:

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Past Classes

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H5698: Introduction to Traditional Chinese Poetry in HSSP Spring 2012 (Feb. 18, 2012)
Do you seriously want to learn some mandarin Chinese? Well, you'd better! There are about 1.3 billion people on Earth whose native language is Chinese! Imagine the opportunities you'll have in the future if you know such a widely used language! What's the fundamentals of the modern Chinese language? What role does traditional poetry play in the Chinese culture? We don't start from counting numbers. We don't start from "hello", "what's your name", or "how are you". (Well, these basics will be covered thoroughly depending on the general language level of the class.) We start from the ancient beauty of the real Chinese language! Have you wondered how kids in China start learning their mother tongue? They start by reciting countless traditional Chinese poems! Wanna speak like a native speaker? Wanna get a taste of the authentic Chinese literary culture? Start here! Basically, don't tell anyone that you know how to speak Chinese unless you can recite at least one Tang Dynasty poem. A Song or Yuan Dynasty poem will be even better! Already have some background in Chinese? Well, this class will take you to an unprecedented trip to ancient China, like nothing you have ever seen before! Have absolutely no background in Chinese? Don't worry! It's taught in English! In American English! Only those poems will be read in Chinese. But don't worry! They sound like pleasant music!