Photo of large lit-up inflatable monkey in a city plaza display.

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with language and culture courses on OCW. (Photo courtesy of Choo Yut Shing on Flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)

Today (Monday February 8, 2016) is the Lunar New Year celebrated in many East Asian cultures.

In the cycle of 12 zodiac animal signs, this is the Year of the Monkey. Reputed to be full of energy and curiosity, it’s a great time to learn about language and culture with OCW courses.

We have extensive materials to help you learn the Chinese language. Begin with our new versions of the introductory language courses 21G.101 Chinese I (Regular) and 21G.107 Chinese I (Streamlined). And if you’re ready for more advanced language learning, OCW has extensive materials from MIT’s complete sequence of Chinese courses.

Curious about East Asian culture and society? Here are a few highlights from our collection of Asian Studies courses.

Finally, two of OCW’s language translation partners have translated many of our original English-language courses into Traditional Chinese and Korean. These translated courses span all disciplines, from science and engineering to social sciences and the humanities.

Here’s to a new year full of learning!