Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series (Book Only))

Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series (Book Only))

Language: English

Pages: 386

ISBN: 1138958271

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Chinese as it is written and spoken today.

Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Chinese in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Colloquial Chinese

is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.

Key features include:

  • A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar
  • An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises
  • Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations
  • Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in China
  • An overview of the sounds of Chinese

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Chinese is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Chinese.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.












adverb or adjective. For example: 15 Use of zuǒyòu When this phrase is used after numbers, it means ‘about’ or ‘approximately’. For example: 16 Polite talk guòjiǎng The expression guòjiǎng (to be flattered), which is often repeated (e.g. guòjiǎng, guòjiǎng), is used on similar occasions to the phrase nǎli, nǎli (not really/not at all) we saw in Dialogue 1. It is another way of responding to a compliment. For example: A: Nǐ kànshangqu hěn jīngshen. You look very smart. B: Guòjiǎng,

example: 20 Use of qí When qí is followed by zìxíngchē, it means ‘to ride a bike’, ‘by bike’ or ‘go cycling’. For example: Nǐ huì qí zìxíngchē ma? Can you ride a bike? Zuótiān, wǒ qí zìxíngchē qù le Tiān’ānmén. I went to Tian’anmen by bike yesterday. Nǐ xǐhuan qí zìxíngchē ma? Do you like cycling? 21 Use of xūyào The verb xūyào means ‘to require’ or ‘to need’. It can also be translated as ‘It takes …’ in certain contexts. For example: Tā xūyào yījiàn máoyī. He needs a jumper. Qí

water (e)  characters that have to do with hands (f)  characters that have to do with mind and heart (g)  characters that have to do with people (3)  Read the character version of the postcard in the Reading comprehension section on page 286 and write a postcard in characters to a Chinese friend of yours. Reading comprehension Read the postcard and then answer the questions in English. Vocabulary dào shíhòu around that time/then huí xìn to reply (a letter) zhù hǎo best wishes [lit.

tiān.  (b)   Wǒ yào yī jiān yǒu liǎng zhāng chuáng de fángjiān.  (c)  Wǒ yào liǎng jiān biāozhon jiān, zhù yī tiān. Exercise 3 (a)  Nǐmen yǒu kòng fángjiān ma?  (b)   Wǒde fángjiān méi yǒu diànhuà.  (c)  Nǐde fángjiān zài wǔ céng.  (d)  Zuǒ biān dì sān liàng zìxíngchē shì wǒde. Exercise 5 (a) diàndēng; (b) chǔlǐ; (c) fàndiàn. Exercise 6 (a)  3 xiū diàndēng;  (b)   1 chǔlǐ zhè jiàn shì;  (c)  5 yǒu kòng fángjiān;  (d)  2 mǎi lǐwù;  (e)  6 kàn péngyou; (f) 4 děng gōnggòng qìchē. Exercise 7

to fix it and then write you a long email. I promise. Your good friend, Elena 30.8.2008 Index to grammar and cultural notes The number in each entry refers to the lesson(s) where that entry occurs. adjectives demonstrative 3 descriptive 1 place names used as 8 possessive 1 predicative 1 predicative + sǐ le 10 verbs used as 8 affirmative sentences + xíng má?/hǎo ma?, etc. 4 asking after somebody 5 asking for telephone numbers 13 ba 1 bǐ 9 bié 11 bǐjiào 9 bù 1 bú cuò 9 bù

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