The Routledge course in modern Mandarin Chinese. Textbook level 1 : simplified characters / Claudia Ross [and others].
- Ross, Claudia
- Additional Titles:
- Modern Mandarin Chinese, Cover title also in Chinese: Xian dai han yu ke cheng. ke ben di 1 ce. jian ti ban, and Cover title also in Chinese: 现代汉语课程. 课本 第1册. 简体版
- New York : Routledge, 
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- Physical Description:
- xxii, 388 pages : illustrations, map ; 28 cm
- Machine generated contents note: Lesson 1 Ni hao Hello -- Communication goals -- Learn culturally appropriate greetings in formal situations -- Give basic information about yourself -- Key structures -- NP shi NP -- yes-no questions with ma -- negation with bu -- ye also + VP -- hen very + AdjV -- Lesson 2 Ni shi naguo ren? What country are you from? -- Communication goals -- State your nationality and ask others about their nationalities -- Confirm that information is correct -- Key structures -- the plural form of pronouns -- follow-up questions with ne -- dou all, both + VP -- dangran of course + VP -- Lesson 3 Ni jiao shenme mingzi? What is your name -- Communication goals -- Say your name and ask people for their names -- Say what languages you can speak and ask others what languages they can speak -- Key structures -- V-not-V questions -- the content question word shenme what -- the modal verb hui can -- the conjunction he and -- Lesson 4 Zhe shi wo baba This is my dad -- Communication goals -- Introduce people to each other and respond to introductions -- List the members of your family -- Ask about other people's families -- Key structures -- shei who -- zhe this and na that -- expressing possession: N/pron. + de + N -- the final particle ba and expressing assumptions -- you have and mei you not have -- Lesson 5 Ni jia you ji ge ren? How many people are in your family? -- Communication goals -- Talk about the number of people in your family -- Recite phone numbers and ask others for their phone numbers -- Key structures -- numbers 1-10 and zero -- number + ge + N -- ji how many? -- zenme how? -- describing nouns with nouns: N de N -- keyi can -- asking for phone numbers with duoshao -- gei (someone) da dianhua phone someone -- two words for two: liang and er -- Lesson 6 Mai dongxi Shopping -- Communication goals -- Greet others in the morning -- Ask about items for sale in a store -- Talk about the price of items -- Key structures -- number + classifier + N: one bottle of water -- specifier + classifier + N: that bottle of water -- the money phrase: X kuai X mao X fen qian -- hai in addition -- tai AdjV le too AdjV -- Lesson 7 gong duoshao qian? How much is it altogether? -- Communication goals -- Negotiate for the price of an item -- Pay for items and get change -- Key structures -- specifier + number + classifier + N: these/those two bottles of water -- which -- AdjV---dian a little more AdjV -- bai 100 and the numbers 11-999 -- Lesson 8 Shengri kuaile! Happy Birthday! -- Communication goals -- State your age and ask others how old they are -- Indicate dates and days of the week -- Make plans to do activities on a given date or day of the week -- Key structures -- (S) + time when + VP -- qu + ActV going to do an action -- suggestions with ba, zen - yang, xing xing -- the order of information in time phrases: largest unit to smallest unit -- (time) cai (age) not (this age) until (this time) -- Lesson 9 zai zuo ? What are you doing right now? -- Communication goals -- Talk about clock time -- Describe daily routines -- Talk about actions that you are doing right now -- Talk about things you must do and things you are not allowed to do -- Make plans for the future -- Key structures -- zai + ActV -- ZUo? -- (time) + cai + ActV not until (action happens later than expected) -- jiu + ActV (action happens sooner than expected) -- obligations and prohibitions: del must and not allowed to -- sentence le for new information -- Lesson 10 juede zuotian kaoshi yang? What did you think of yesterday's test? -- Communication goals -- Express your opinion and ask others for their opinions -- Talk about how ctions are performed -- Talk about things you have done and things you have not yet done -- Key structures -- AdjV NP -- V de AdjV -- VP, V 0, yijing VP, gang V -- hai, VP, hai VP -- situation situationa -- gen NP -- kuai time -- Lesson 11 Lai Come to my house for dinner -- Communication goals -- Talk about the location of people, places, and things in terms of compass directions -- Talk about the distance between places -- Key structures -- N zai location -- VV O -- mei time dou VP -- lai location -- A Ii B distance -- the preposition gei for/to -- Lesson 12 Cong sushe dao zou? How do I get to your house from my dorm? -- Communication goals -- Give and follow directions by bus or train -- Key structures -- cong A dao B zou? -- zuo vehicle -- VP VP -- location + ActV -- V-O V + duration -- Lesson 13 My home is easy to find -- Communication goals -- Make and accept apologies -- Politely initiate and receive telephone calls -- Describe the location of people, places, and things -- Key structures -- +V, nan + V -- reference point direction -- sequence with xian -- Lesson 14 houbian piaoliang There is a very pretty park behind my house -- Communication goals -- Give and follow street directions -- Paraphrase information -- Tell someone not to do something -- Key structures -- indicating how an action with an object is performed -- v + OV AdjV -- after situation, situation2 -- Vi O hou V2 -- first, second, third: di + number: di---, di---di -- that is to say -- zhi + ActV continue doing an action -- bie + ActV don't do the action -- Lesson 15 ke Entertaining guests -- Communication goals -- Behave as a suest and host in a semi-formal gathering -- Give and respond to compliments -- Key structures -- V -- situation situation2 -- V -- Lesson 16 Tan xia jihua Talking about summer plans -- Communication goals -- Evaluate past experiences and current situations -- Talk about future plans -- Key structures -- situation situation2 -- sui situation situation2 -- + vp.
- "I am deeply impressed... The approaches to teaching Mandarin Chinese in this series reflect the authors' rich knowledge of Chinese grammar and their vast experience in teaching the language... A truly innovative and delightful addition to the Chinese teaching field." - Cecilia Chang, Williams College, USA --
"This is one of the few textbooks on the market that delays the introduction of Chinese characters. This insightful approach allows learners to gain a foundation in the spoken language before being inundated with characters a refreshing approach to learning Chinese that is lacking in the vast majority of learning materials." - Matthew Christensen, Brigham Young University, USA --
"An excellent introductory course from a dedicated team a practical guide with the language knowledge and cultural tips you need for daily communication with the Chinese people." - Wei Jin, The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK --
"One of the very few accessible and clearly-structured textbooks for the complete beginner Absolutely designed with the non-native Chinese speaker in mind."- Frances Weightman, The University of Leeds, UK --
The Routledge Course in Mandarin Chinese is a two-year undergraduate course for students with no prior background in Chinese study. Designed to build a strong foundation in both spoken and written forms of the language, it develops all the basic skills such as pronunciation, character writing, word use and structures, while placing strong emphasis on the development of communicative skills. --
The complete course consists of Textbook Level 1, Workbook Level 1, Textbook Level 2, and Workbook Level 2 - with both workbooks including free CDs. All books are available in separate simplified and traditional character versions, and aim to take the students from complete beginner to post-intermediate level. For more information about the course and additional resources, please visit the companion website. --
Textbook Level 1 provides a paced introduction to the Language by teaching from pinyin in its first five lessons. Characters are introduced from the sixth lesson, and this is combined with the staged removal of pinyin. --
Each lesson consists of a dialogue, vocabulary lists, in-class dialogue practice, jargon-free explanations of structures, language FAQs, and notes on pronunciation, pinyin, and Chinese culture. The focus is on the long-term retention of vocabulary, characters, and structures by reiterating these throughout, allowing the students to consolidate their knowledge. --Book Jacket.
- 9780415472517 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0415472512 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- Includes indexes.
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