Intermediate Spoken Chinese A Practical Approach to Fluency in Spoken Mandarin

ISBN-10: 0804840180

ISBN-13: 9780804840187

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Welcome to the world's most effective method of learning Mandarin! This widely-acclaimed series continues to impress and inspire learners whether they're studying Chinese on their own, or in a classroom setting.Intermediate Spoken Chineseand the corresponding Practice Essentials allow you to experience real-life situations in different Mandarin-speaking locales. Each of the common situations explored here—from shopping at a market to playing unexpected phone tag—is one you're most likely to encounter as you interact with Chinese speakers.The breakthrough foundation of these books is that you don't need to know the characters in order to speak Chinese. This series provides separate "tracks" to help you master the skills of speaking and writing Chinese at your own pace. Some learners place greater emphasis on reading and writing, while others focus on developing a knowledge of spoken Chinese first, and then learn the characters. Both approaches are perfectly valid, and the one you adopt will depend on your personal goals and the amount of time you have for weekly study. This series allows you total flexibility in this regard.You may choose to use this as a stand-alone book, or in conjunction withIntermediate Written Chineseif you wish to learn the corresponding Chinese characters. The latter introduces the characters in this book in a systematic way.Key features ofIntermediate Spoken Chinese:Clear and detailed explanations of natural, colloquial Chinese pronunciation, grammar and usageRecommended strategies to help you learn to speak Chinese more efficientlyVideos teach you real-life Chinese, the actual speaking styles of Chinese people in various parts of mainland China as well as Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong, Singapore and MalaysiaNotes on Chinese culture and society allow you to understand situational etiquetteDiscussions of challenges faced by English speakers who are learning Chinese and how to overcome themAudio recordings by native speakers of all the vocabulary, dialogues, and other key itemsA separate Teacher's Guide and a full character transcript (both Simplified and Traditional) are both available electronicallyAn accompanying software program contains 56 videos shot on location. The software allows students to interact with the videos in various ways: to select/replay specific passages; to view the dialogues in Hanyu Pinyin, Simplified or Traditional characters as each line is spoken; and to mute a particular speaker's audio.
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 384
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.84" tall
Weight: 3.696

Cornelius C. Kubler is Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies at Williams College, where he teaches Chinese. He was formerly Chinese Language Training Supervisor and Chair of the Department of Asian and African Languages at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, where he trained American diplomats in Chinese and other languages.Jerling Guo Kubler is a graduate of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Soochow University, Taipei. Her experience in language education spans more than 35 years. She has taught all levels of Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language from pre-kindergarten to university level at institutions including Williams College, Eisenhower College and Taipei Language Institute.

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