University words
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University words

University words

Welcome to this week’s issue of the Giant Mandarin newsletter. This week’s newsletter is about university study as many students head back to the classroom, whether that’s a class room on campus or online.

In this week’s Elementary–Intermediate Words we focus on essential words for talking about university study and in Advanced Words bring our attention to some harder words on the same topic.

In Supplementary Reading we suggest three English-language pieces. The first is a history of Chinese students in the United States. The second is on how immigrant students and researchers contribute to the US’ global lead in artificial intelligence. The third reflects on the role of the syllabus in university education.

We hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter!

Elementary–Intermediate Words

  1. 大学 dàxué - university; college 🏫
  2. 学生 xuésheng - student 🎒
  3. 上课  shàngkè - to attend class
  4. 教室 jiàoshì - classroom 👨‍🏫
  5. 校园 xiàoyuán - campus
  6. 作业 zuòyè - homework; assignment 📝
  7. 课本 kèběn- textbook 📘
  8. 图书馆 túshūguǎn - library 📚
  9. 学习 xuéxí/练习 liànxí/复习 fùxí - to study; study/to practice; study exercise /to review
  10. 考试 kǎoshì - exam; to sit an exam ✍️

Advanced Words

  1. 教育 jiàoyù - education 📖
  2. 专业 zhuānyè - major; specialization
  3. 本科生 běnkēshēng - undergraduate student
  4. 研究生 yánjiūshēng - graduate/postgraduate student
  5. 毕业生 bìyèshēng - graduate 👩‍🎓
  6. 届 jiè - measure word for formal repeating events, including graduating classes
  7. 教授 jiàoshòu - professor 👩‍🏫
  8. 论文 lùnwén - thesis 📗
  9. 文凭 wénpíng - diploma 📜
  10. 张 zhāng - measure word for many single-page documents such as a diploma, sheet of paper or photograph, as well as some other objects like furniture

Supplementary Reading

Curated content to supplement coverage in newspapers and magazines

  1. End of an Era? A History of Chinese Students in America, Eric Fish, SupChina
  2. America’s Got AI Talent: US’ Big Lead in AI Research Is Built on Importing Researchers, Ishan Banerjee and Matt Sheehan, MacroPolo, the Paulson Institute’s think tank
  3. A Celebration of the Syllabus, Hua Hsu, The New Yorker

That’s a wrap for this week.

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