Chinese for English-Speakers: Primary TextBook (With 1MP3)

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This book is part of the series of Chinese for English-Speakers, which include three textbooks (Primary, Intermediate, Advanced), companioned by three workbooks (Primary, Intermediate, Advanced) and a primary character book.

Primary Textbook consists of two parts: Phonetics and texts. In Phonetics, we will first learn the general table of the phonetics, the rule of Pinyin and then practice Pinyin. In the book, Exercises 1 to 5 are designed to practice vowels, consonants and accents; Exercises 6 to 8 are for useful words, expressions and simple sentences to make the learner get familiar to the basic knowledge of Chinese phonetics. In the textbook there are 22 lessons, each has two theme-related short passages available for classroom teaching. The grammar of this level is mainly about four kinds of predicate sentences and five interrogative sentences. We will discuss the main sentence structure as the attribute, adverbial (modifier) and complement, etc., and the combined or complicated sentences, e.g., the comparative sentences and the sentences with "把" or "被". On vocabulary, we will begin with the number, pronoun, interrogative, location words, and then the common verb, adjective, adverb and proposition. Since the classifier (or measure word) is always regarded as one of the most difficult problems in Chinese language teaching and learning for an English speaker, we have changed the usual detached teaching method of classifier-learning and, instead, focused on teaching the classifier (or measure word) in a condensed way, e.g., the lesson We're Singing the Song of Classifiers together with Please Tell Me the Classifiers in this textbook may impress you somehow as funny and functional as well. Totally in Primary Textbook, 90% of the words are A-level words. And in order to make students learn or remember words easily, we combine the similar words in a group (e.g., 上午、下午、晚上;哥哥、姐姐、弟弟、妹妹、母亲、父亲) or show the synonyms and antonyms in the same text (e.g., 多少、大小、远近、新旧、上下、左右、买卖、存取) , etc.

As for Primary Workbook, we focus on the practice of grammar and sentences. There are lots of exercises on "Substitution", "Make a sentence by using the following words in a right order", and "Reading the following sentences" to make students get familiar with the words or expressions and sentences in the text. And there are also some dialogues designed for students' imitation. Nevertheless, the beginners shall enhance their character-writing practice. Hence the Character-Writing Workbook is designed for the beginners to practice writing about 5 to 7 Chinese characters everyday, i.e., 25 to 35 characters per week (from Monday to Friday). Generally speaking, the Beginner's Textbook is designed for about 4 to 6 hours' study per week for about one year's teaching. 

Generally speaking, the Beginner's Textbook is designed for about 4 to 6 hours' study per week for about one year's teaching.

-- The Author

Table of Contents
第一课 我 你 他
第二课 看书 写字
第三课 我还喜欢吃鱼吃蛋
第四课 我是书迷
第五课 他是谁
第六课 这是我弟弟
第七课 那儿有很多国旗
第八课 我去机场送你
第九课 你头疼 我脚疼
第十课 新房子在城里
第十一课 东西南北中
第十二课 我们在唱量词歌
第十三课 请你说说量词吧
第十四课 街上停着一辆车
第十五课 我从商店来
第十六课 你去过长城吗
第十七课 我很笨 没听懂
第十八课 回来 回去 出来 出去
第十九课 上海和悉尼
第二十课 把门关上 把窗户打开
第二十一课 刮大风 下大雨
第二十二课 别跟我开玩笑了

Lesson 1 I You He
Lesson 2 Read and Write
Lesson 3 I Like Fish and Eggs, Too
Lesson 4 I'm a Bookworm
Lesson 5 Who Is He
Lesson 6 This Is My Younger Brother
Lesson 7 There Are Many National Flags Over There
Lesson 8 I'll See You Off at the Airport
Lesson 9 You Have a Headache, I Have a Footache
Lesson 10 The New House Is in the City
Lesson 11 East, West, South, North and the Middle
Lesson 12 We're Singing the Song of Classifiers
Lesson 13 Please Tell Me the Classifiers
Lesson 14 A Car Is Parking in the Street
Lesson 15 I'm Back from the Shopping
Lesson 16 Have You Ever Visited the Great Wall
Lesson 17 I'm Too Slow to Catch You
Lesson 18 Come Back, Go Back, Come Out, Go Out
Lesson 19 Shanghai and Sydney
Lesson 20 Close the Door and Open the Window
Lesson 21 Strong Wind and Heavy Rain
Lesson 22 Do Not Play a Joke on Me
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