The authors introduce most of the basic grammatical patterns of modern spoken Mandarin. Every chapter follows the same organizational format and includes: key grammar points, new vocabulary items, sentence patterns, and some short dialogs illustrating contextual use of each new grammar pattern and vocabulary item.
Grounded in analysis of Chinese and international educational concepts and classroom techniques currently used to teach Chinese as a Second Language, and a thorough review of recent research in the field, this volume identifies the learning challenges of the language for native English speakers. Orton and Scrimgeour assess the gap in knowledge and skills between learners’ initial and future proficiency levels as L2 Chinese speakers, map their needs as learners towards achieving a high language proficiency, and set out an informed, integrated teaching orientation and practice for the Chinese classroom that responds to those needs. Chapters in the volume address curriculum design, teaching diverse learners and levels, the learning challenges of Chinese oral and literacy skills, grammar and vocabulary, discourse development, cultural understanding, and the affordances of a visit to China. Filled with original and engaging teaching and learning tools and techniques, this book is an essential and rich content resource for primary and secondary teachers, and teacher candidates and educators in Chinese as a Second Language education.
Fundamental Written Chinese teaches both mastery of individual characters and reading comprehension. It introduces characters gradually, moving from simple independent characters to more complex compound ones. How characters are organized and constructed is taught through the liberal use of charts that display the structural and organizational regularities of each character, that is, its radical, phonetic component, shared graphic components, stroke order, and principles of proportion. This knowledge is then reinforced by exercises at the end of each chapter that require students to draw on the compositional information presented in the charts.
This is a textbook for true beginners who want to learn spoken Mandarin Chinese only. The textbook has 15 units which can be completed within one semester or 5-6 month. The URL of its online version can be found in the book.
A Practical Approach to Fluency in Spoken Mandarin (DVD and MP3 Audio CD Included)
Author: Cornelius C. Kubler
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Category: Foreign Language Study
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 Chinese and 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 Mandarin Chinese speakers. Downloadable audio and video reinforce listening comprehension and correct pronunciation. The breakthrough foundation of these books is that you don't need to know the characters in order to speak and understand Chinese. This series provides separate "tracks" to help you master the skills of speaking and writing Chinese at your own pace. Some learners wish to learn reading and writing as well as speaking, while others focus on developing their knowledge of spoken Chinese first, and then learn the characters. Both approaches are perfectly valid ways to learn Chinese, 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. Additional key features of Intermediate Spoken Chinese: Clear and detailed explanations of natural, colloquial Chinese pronunciation, grammar and usage. Recommended strategies to help you learn to speak Chinese more efficiently. Notes on Chinese culture and society allow you to understand situational etiquette. Discussions of challenges faced by English speakers who are learning Chinese and how to overcome them. A digital Instructors Guide is available gratis from the publisher. A digital Chinese Character Transcription (simplified and traditional characters) The downloadable audio and video content features: 56 videos with dozens of native speakers filmed on location in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. 6 hours of native–speaker audio, including all of the book's conversations. Build up sections, new words, and pronunciation exercises. Available separately, Intermediate Spoken Chinese Practice Essentials is the companion workbook for Intermediate Spoken Chinese. This practical guide includes a broad range of drills and exercises designed to dramatically enhance your proficiency in speaking and comprehending. While designed for use with the companion textbook, it can be used together with any Chinese textbook or teaching program to hone your Chinese language skills.
After decades of research activity, Chinese spoken language processing (CSLP) has advanced considerably both in practical technology and theoretical discovery. In this book, the editors provide both an introduction to the field as well as unique research problems with their solutions in various areas of CSLP. The contributions represent pioneering efforts ranging from CSLP principles to technologies and applications, with each chapter encapsulating a single problem and its solutions.A commemorative volume for the 10th anniversary of the international symposium on CSLP in Singapore, this is a valuable reference for established researchers and an excellent introduction for those interested in the area of CSLP.
5th International Symposium, ISCSLP 2006, Singapore, December 13-16, 2006, Proceedings
Author: Qiang Huo
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing, ISCSLP 2006, held in Singapore in December 2006, co-located with ICCPOL 2006, the 21st International Conference on Computer Processing of Oriental Languages. Coverage includes speech science, acoustic modeling for automatic speech recognition, speech data mining, and machine translation of speech.
An Introduction to Chinese Culture through the Family covers a central element of Chinese culture, the idea of family, or jia. Written for both beginners and specialists, this book considers the role of family--literally, metaphorically, and as an organizing principle--in the creation of the Chinese worldview. Individual chapters explore philosophy, art, language, music, folk literature, fiction, architecture, film, and women and gender.
Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Applied Linguistic Research
Author: H. H. Stern
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Foreign Language Study
Professor Stern puts applied linguistics research into its historical and interdisciplinary perspective. He gives an authoritative survey of past developments worldwide and establishes a set of guidelines for the future. There are six parts: Clearing the Ground, Historical Perspectives, Concepts of Language, Concepts of Society, Concepts of Language Learning, and Concepts of Language Teaching.