Learn to understand questions and answers regarding various topics such as politics, studying and travelling.
Upon successful completion of this module, you should be able to:
- Give the English equivalent for any Chinese sentence in the lessons.
- Say any Chinese sentence in the lessons when cued with its English equivalent.
- Ask someone about the size of his family, which family members live at home, and where other family members live and why.
- Use the rules of Chinese etiquette in social visits: the proper times for visiting; the custom of offering refreshments to visitors and the type of response expected from the visitor; and some polite ways to end a social visit.
- Discuss the status, duties, and responsibilities of sons in the traditional Chinese family.
- Discuss the different relationships within the Chinese family, especially those between parents and children, and between mother-in- law and daughter-in-law.
- Explain why the large (extended) family was the ideal pattern in traditional Chinese society.
- Use the proper-terms for referring to your own or someone else’s children, and understand the terms for addressing one’s children directly; use the terms for paternal grandparents; use the terms for the parents of one’s friend.
- Understand why early marriage was a common practice in traditional China.
- Discuss the effects of the development of industry and business on traditional Chinese society.
- Discuss the concept of filial obedience.
- Compare the position of women in Chinese society before and after the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
- Discuss traditional marriage arrangements in China and the roles women were placed in as a result. Understand the government’s policy toward marriage after 19^9 and the actual changes that have occurred.
- Explain and defend some of your personal views on topics such as equality of the sexes, the status of women, living together, marriage, parent-child relationships, care of the elderly, the effects of political and economic conditions on society, crime, and drug abuse.