A new approach to the teaching of Mandarin Chinese, this course concentrates on the essentials needed for everyday situations while travelling in China and provides a sound basis for further study. Based on authentic recordings made on location in Beijing, it exposes the learner to the genuine sound of the language, supported by carefully explained notes and scripted studio recordings with a wealth of practice activities. Unlike other Mandarin Chinese courses it focuses heavily on listening and speaking skills, backed up by simple, clear but short grammar explanations and exercises. One page in each of the fifteen units is devoted to providing fascinating background detail about China and the Chinese. Pinyin is used throughout rather than the Chinese characters.
CATHERINE MEEK learnt Mandarin Chinese in China where she has travelled extensively. She has been a language teacher and has a wide-ranging knowledge of Chinese culture. MAO YAN has many years experience as a teacher and examiner in Mandarin Chinese. He has also worked at the highest levels in government and business as a professional interpreter, translator and cultural adviser. E HENIAN is the Senior Chief Lecturer at the China Central Radio and TV University. BRIAN HILL is Head of the School of Languages at the University of Brighton. He is an experienced and respected author, series editor and teacher and has worked on the Breakthrough Series since it was first conceived in 1982.
How to Use This Course Talking About Yourself Talking About Yourself and Others Ordering Drinks Asking For and Receiving Information Asking For and Understanding Directions Understanding and Asking About Time Shopping (1) Shopping (2) Making Travel Arrangements Ordering a Meal Expressing Likes and Dislikes Talking About Your Time and the Weather Talking About Yourself : Work and Home Invitations and Intentions Talking About the Past Grammar Summary Vocabulary Index