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Open Your Eyes to the World: Learn Chinese!

Temple in the Forbidden City Chinese Mountains Shanghai Skyline 



How happy we are, to meet friends from afar!

-Confucius in Analects

Chinese at UWL

  • Chinese language courses at 100-, 200-, and 300- levels 
  • Chinese literature and civilization courses taught in English 
  • Chinese Studies Minor (18 credits at 200-300 level) 
  • Study abroad opportunities 
  • All courses taught by a native speaker of Chinese with a PhD in second language acquisition and language pedagogy 
  • Opportunities to get more exposure to the Chinese language and culture outside of class 
  • To work with native speakers of Chinese outside of class 
  • To join the Chinese Club 

Chinese program resources

UWL Chinese Club 

All students who are interested in Chinese culture and language are welcome to join the Chinese Club. Contact Professor Xu for more information.

See what our students can do!

Chinese Speech Contest Winners

UWL Students Win Chinese Speech Contest

Four Chinese students participated in the Chinese Speech Contest hosted by the Wisconsin Chinese Language Teachers Association on April 23. The results are in:

Beginner level:
Adrienne Olson: 1st place

Intermediate level:
Bri Whitt: 1st place
Seth Larsen: 3rd place
Julia Schumaker: honorable mention

Congratulations to all!

For more information about upcoming events, visit the Chinese Culture Club page!

Why learn Chinese?

Here is what the Chinese learners say

To sum up: 

Chinese Is Important for Your Career 

  • China is the second largest economy in the world 
  • China is the second largest trading partners of the United States 
  • China has become a huge market, international companies are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context 
  • China has a huge demand for English teacher. It is a great place to teach your native language and develop your skills of Chinese at the same time 

Chinese is Easy, Fun, and Interesting 

  • Chinese has a relatively uncomplicated grammar 
    • No verb conjugation 
    • No gender or number agreement 
    • Same basic word order as English 
  • Chinese characters are artistically formed and loaded with meaning (the more you learn, the easier it becomes) 
  • If you know the most frequently used 600 characters, you can recognize 80% of Chinese words in daily life; if you know 1000 characters, over 90% is covered 
  • China is the only continuous civilization that has lasted for 5000 years

And more … 

  • One out five people on this planet speaks Chinese 
  • 40 million people around the world are currently learning Chinese with enthusiasm and success. If they can, you can too!