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Overview

Working Mandarin for Beginners is designed to enable English-speaking business students and professionals with no prior knowledge of Chinese to develop the basic communication skills necessary for a business trip to China or another work environment in which Mandarin is spoken.

Major features:
• Twenty-four lessons, including five review lessons
• Clear objectives for acquiring language skills, grammar, and cultural understanding
• Lessons cover important basics such as introductions and greetings, counting, reserving a hotel room, taking public transportation, and asking for directions
• Lessons cover business tasks such as coordinating and conducting meetings, selling products, and negotiating agreements -- all in Chinese
• Lessons provide dialogues and vocabulary lists for reading and listening, language points, cultural points, pronunciation drills, grammar, and interactive homework
• Course concludes with a special independent project in which the student applies the language to his or her area of business study
• Pinyin is used throughout so students can start speaking Mandarin immediately
• Includes some basic lessons in the formation of Chinese characters
• Course can be combined with affordable online access to self-grading exercises (available through Quia.com, $24.95 per student for 18 months of access)

Student Book
• Includes MP3 tracks of dialogues, vocabulary lists, and audio exercises on CD
• Lessons are valuable to the classroom student as well as self-directed independent learners

Teacher's Edition
• Includes a CD-ROM with all MP3 tracks of dialogues, vocabulary, and audio exercises found on the students' disk
• CD-ROM also provides quizzes and exams (including necessary audio), approximately 300 supplementary PowerPoint slides for classroom use, and creative guidance for conversation practice, mini-immersion, and skit

Online teaching features at Quia.com
• Instructor-managed class activities and exercises
• Monitoring of student progress
• Customized grading options online
• Students can complete exercises online, submit their answers electronically to their instructor, and receive automatic feedback
• Teachers can also use Quia templates to build their own exercises or use exercises developed by other instructors to provide added help for students
• Motivated self-directed learners can also access the self-grading online exercises at Quia.com (no instructor feedback will be provided)

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Student's Edition Textbook/MP3 CD (Mac and PC)
• CD drive on a computer or conventional CD player with MP3 capability
• MP3 player, such as iTunes, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player
• Speakers

Teacher's Edition Textbook/CD-ROM
Mac and PC
• CD drive on a computer
• MP3 player, such as iTunes, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player
• speakers
• Adobe Acrobat Reader (available as a free download from http:///www.adobe.com)
PC
• Windows XP
• Microsoft Office 2000 or higher with Service Pack 3 installed (Word and PowerPoint are needed to view and edit some files)
• Or, to view the PowerPoints only, download Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2003 or higher (free from http://www.microsoft.com)
• Fonts for PowerPoints: Arial Unicode and Simsun, which are included in all editions of Office 2000/XP/2003
Mac
• Microsoft Word, version Office 2004 or higher
• Microsoft PowerPoint, version Office 2004 or higher (Word and PowerPoint are needed to view and edit some files); or view the PowerPoints as PDFs
• Fonts for PowerPoints: Arial and Simsun, which are included in Office 2004 and higher

Interactive Exercises on Quia (Mac and PC)
• Computer with Internet access, preferably a high-speed connection
• Java-enabled browser: Internet Explorer 5 or higher, or any version of Firefox or Safari
• The program QuickTime (available as a free download from http://www.quicktime.com)
• Microphone to record answers or responses

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"Based on my own experience with this program, Working Mandarin for Beginners addresses specific business situations and is perfect for the MBA student, busy executive, or professional like myself who wants to be able to communicate with Chinese colleagues in a business setting." -- Noel P. Greis, director, Center for Logistics and Global Strategy, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

" Working Mandarin for Beginners is specifically designed for business students and working professionals to develop oral proficiency in work environments. It breaks away from the traditional classroom, uses modern technology for course delivery, and incorporates onsite learning to achieve optimal results. A truly innovative and unique program." -- Wendan Li, director, Chinese Language Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

" Working Mandarin is a very resourceful textbook for the topics it covers that range from the initial meeting to more complex business discussions. In addition, it offers very rich cultural notes in the business context to help students understand the unique Chinese business culture and etiquettes. With its online features of exercises, this book provides flexibility and convenience of learning environment." -- Wei Hong, associate professor of Chinese, Purdue University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589011373
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: Working Languages Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Yi Zhou is a lecturer in the Asian Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

M. Lynne Gerber is the executive director of the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations

Introduction to Working Mandarin

Introduction to Spoken and Written Mandarin Using Pinyin

Unit 1: Building Business Relationships

Lesson 1: Greetings and Introductions, and Getting Acquainted
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Initial Meeting
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Names & Greetings
Language Points
Grammar Models
Pronunciation and Spelling: Neutral Tone and Rules of Phonetic Spelling: Part 1
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 2: Greetings (continued) and Description of Self
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Nationalities
Vocabulary from the Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: More Information about Greetings Among Friends and Business Colleagues
Language Points
Grammar Models
Pronunciation: zh, ch, and sh and z, c, and s and Tone Variation Part 1
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 3: Days, Months, and Years; and Talking About Family Members and Their Occupations
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Family Members and Their Occupations
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: About Families and Counting
Language Points
Grammar Models
Pronunciation: Tone Variation: Part 2; Retroflex R and Rules of Phonetic Spelling: Part 2
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 4: Unit 1 Review: Building Business Relationships
Objectives
ZuòYè (Homework)

Unit 2: At Work

Lesson 5: Telling Time, Days of the Week, and Talking about Meeting Times
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Meeting Schedules
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: More on Addressing People and the Sequence of Dates
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 6: Organizational Structure, Job Titles, and Roles
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Departments in a Company
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Organizational Structure, Hierarchy, and Collectivism
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 7: Preparing a Daily Schedule and Planning the Work Week
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: In the Company
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Time from a Chinese Perspective
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 8: Unit 2 Review: At Work
Objectives
ZuòYè (Homework)

Unit 3: Daily Activities

Lesson 9: Describing Personal Routine and Coordinating with Others
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Daily Routine
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Relationships and Chinese Ways of Saying No
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution DrillsZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 10: Talking about the Weather and Comparing Seasons
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Talking about the Weather
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Climate and Time Zone in China
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 11: Shopping and Asking for Prices
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Shopping
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Shopping and Currency
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)
Lesson 12 Unit 3 Review: Daily Activities
Objectives
ZuòYè (Homework)

Unit 4: Getting Around

Lesson 13: Making Hotel Reservations and Asking for Clarification
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Room Reservation
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Room Reservations
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 14: Asking for and Giving Directions, and Using Public Transportation
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Where is the Bank?
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Public Transportation, Signs, & Directions
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 15: Eating Out and Making Reservations at a Restaurant
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Dinner in a Restaurant
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Business Protocols, Ordering Dishes, and Being a Guest in a Chinese Home
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 16 Unit 4 Review: Getting Around
Objectives
ZuòYè (Homework)

Unit 5: Business Activities

Lesson 17: Setting up a Business Meeting by Phone, and Discussing an Itinerary
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Setting up a Meeting by Phone
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Arranging Business Meetings
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 18: Setting Objectives For and Conducting a Business Meeting
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Conducting a Business Meeting
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Conducting Business Meetings
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 19: Selling Your Products and Negotiating Agreements
Objectives
Thematic Dialogue: Negotiating at the Exhibition
Vocabulary from Thematic Dialogue
Useful Expressions
Additional Vocabulary
Culture and Business Relations: Conducting Business Meetings
Language Points
Grammar Models
Substitution Drills
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 20: Unit 5 Review
Objectives
ZuòYè (Homework)

Unit 6: Working Mandarin Working for You and Understanding Chinese Characters

Lesson 21: Starting Your Project: Submitting an Abstract and Understanding the Structure of Chinese Characters
Objectives
Project Guidelines
Chinese Characters: Structure
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 22: Sharing Your Project Title and Things to Consider with Your Classmates, and Understanding Radicals of Chinese Characters
Objectives
Chinese Characters: Radicals
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 23: Your Project's Vocabulary and Rules for Writing Chinese Characters
Objectives
New Vocabulary from Your Project
Chinese Characters: Rules for Writing Characters
ZuòYè (Homework)

Lesson 24: Finalizing Your Project
Objectives
ZuòYè (Homework)

Appendix: Thematic Dialogues in English
Glossary: Mandarin to English
Glossary: English to Mandarin
Index

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