Elementary Mandarin Chinese
Elementary Mandarin Chinese Textbook is a new beginner Mandarin Chinese course which enables you to quickly learn the basics of the language. The 24 lessons in this book are meant to be used in 3 hours per week of class instruction over one academic year. Students will need another 2–3 hours of outside practice and review for every hour of class time, using the materials in the accompanying Elementary Mandarin Chinese Workbook.
These books can also be used by self-study learners due to the extensive explanations and free supplementary materials available — including online audio and video recordings and flash cards.
The entire course can be completed in 25 to 35 weeks and teaches you the basic skills of speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese at a conversational level. Each lesson starts with a dialogue and includes a list of new and supplementary Chinese vocabulary along with questions and grammar notes about the dialogue, a reading section and extensive exercises (that are in the Workbook).
Both Chinese characters and Pinyin Romanized forms are given throughout the book (except for the reading exercises), so this book can be used by students who wish to focus on learning the spoken language, as well as those who are learning to read and write the Chinese characters simultaneously.
This textbook should be used in conjunction with Elementary Mandarin Chinese Workbook and the included audio files, which can be downloaded free directly from the Tuttle website.
While challenging, the Chinese language is well worth the investment. This high school course requires the text (288 pages), workbook, and free digital audio and video files (directions for download or online viewing included). Each textbook chapter starts with conversation (written in Chinese, Pinyin, and English and accessible on digital files). The topics include situations from multiple Chinese speaking countries and include the topics of numbers, dates, and times; persons, places, and things; directions, travel, weather, and more. Listen to and watch native speakers in “real life” interactions. After each conversation, new and supplemental vocabulary, comprehension questions, teaching notes, and reading exercises follow. All grammar is explained in accessible terms. The Reading and Writing exercises are the only ones which require Chinese characters. All others use the Romanized Pinyin, so the course could simply be used to gain speaking and listening skills. If you want to emphasize character writing, you’ll need to provide additional practice sheets (such as large grid graph paper). The nonreproducible workbook (190 pages) provides the lesson practice. Most workbook lessons contain two listening comprehension exercises, one translation exercise, one character practice sheet, and one reading and writing exercise. Please note: no answers are provided for either book. Class time should be three times per week, with an additional 2-3 hours of preparation and practice. This course is best implemented in high school with assistance of a native speaker, tutor, or some other method to reinforce correct pronunciation. Highly motivated middle school students, however, could potentially use this course at a much slower pace. ~ Ruth