CHIN 0233 Beginning Taiwanese II (formerly CHIN 052)


CHIN 0133 or the instructor’s permission



Beginning Taiwanese (BT), by Grace Wu, Erudition Books, Inc, 2002.



Ms. Grace Wu (


Course Description

This course is the continuation of CHIN 0133 Beginning Taiwanese I. It is designed to help students learn enough about Taiwanese to handle their language needs adequately when traveling to Taiwan. At this survival level, students will learn to greet others, introduce themselves and handle basic social situations. They will also acquire an understanding of oral language typically heard in locations such as a grocery store, train station, bus stop, and night market. Self-study and classroom participation are equally important for this course. Students should complete each assignment before class so that the teacher may review their work. Students should also attend individual sessions regularly. There will be weekly vocabulary quizzes and one final oral test. The preparation includes memorizing dialogue and listening to audio files. Topics covered in this course include where you live, taking a bus (direction), making phone calls, paying visits, watching TV (leisure activities).


Sample Text (Entry):

A: Chhian2 mng7, Tan5 kau3-siu7 toa3 ti7 sim2-mih8 png7-tiam3?

B: I1 toa3 ti7 Kok4-pin1-png7-tiam3.

A: Toa3 ti7 kui2-ho7 pang5?

B: Tai7-khai3 si7 ji7-it4-ngo.2 ho.7 pang5-keng1.

A: I1 toa3 ti2 kui2 lau5?  Si7 ji7 lau5 si7 bo5?

B: Tioh8, si7 ji7-lau5.

A: Li2 si7-m7-si7 ia7 toa3 ti7 Kok4-pin1-png7-tiam3?

B: M7-si7, goa2 toa3 ti7 In5-soan1-toa7-png7-tiam3.