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Intermediate Spoken Chinese: A Practical Approach to Fluency in Spoken Mandarin (Audio CD and DVD Included)

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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 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 ...

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Overview

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. An accompanying MP3 audio–CD and separate software CD reinforce listening comprehension correct pronunciation.

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 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 separate Teacher's Guide and a full character transcript (both Simplified and Traditional) are both available electronically.
The MP3 audio CD and software CDs feature:
  • 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804840187
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Edition description: Paperback with disc
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,389,444
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornelius C. Kubler is Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies at Williams College, where he teaches Chinese and for many years chaired the Department of Asian Studies. 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, and he served for six years as Principal of the American Institute in Taiwan Chinese Language & Area Studies School. Kubler, who has directed intensive Chinese language training programs in the U.S., mainland China, and Taiwan, has been active in Chinese language test development and has authored or coauthored 13 books and over 50 articles on Chinese language pedagogy and linguistics. He is the author of the widely acclaimed Basic Chinese series, including Basic Spoken Chinese; Basic Spoken Chinese Practice Essentials; Basic Written Chinese; Basic Written Chinese Practice Essentials; Intermediate Spoken Chinese; Intermediate Spoken Chinese Practice Essentials; Intermediate Written Chinese (forthcoming) and Intermediate Written Chinese Practice Essentials (forthcoming).

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