Elizabeth Scurfield and Song Lianyi - Get Started in Mandarin Chinese Absolute Beginner Course - Hodder & Stoughton

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Get Started in Mandarin Chinese Absolute Beginner Course

(Book and audio support)

By Elizabeth Scurfield and Song Lianyi

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  • £24.99

Get started reading, speaking and listening in Mandarin Chinese. Ideal for complete beginners, this course comprises a book and free online audio support.

Do you want a solid foundation to your Mandarin Chinese studies?
If you are looking for a solid foundation to your language studies for school, work or travel, this engaging course will get you speaking, writing, reading and understanding Mandarin Chinese in no time. Through authentic conversations, clear language presentations, and extensive practice and review, you will learn the Mandarin Chinese you need to communicate naturally in everyday situations - from booking a hotel room to talking about friends and family.

What will I learn?
Basic Mandarin Chinese is slowly and carefully introduced to ensure you progress confidently through the course and build up a foundation to allow you to feel confident in everyday situations and move to the next level of your learning. It teaches grammar, vocabulary and listening, reading, writing, speaking and pronunciation skills. By the end of the course you will reach a solid Novice High proficiency level of ACTFL (The American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and A2 Beginner level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines.

Is this course for me?
Get Started in Mandarin Chinese is for absolute and false beginners of Mandarin Chinese. Clear and simple explanations make the course appropriate and accessible to anyone learning Mandarin Chinese. There are extensive illustrations to support the learner working on his or her own. This course is also ideal to use with one-to-one tutoring and as a classroom course.

What do I get?
This book has a learner-centred approach that incorporates the following features:
- 10 units of learning content - covering everyday topics from booking a hotel room to talking about friends and family
- Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns yourself to make the language stick
- Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims
- Vocabulary building - thematic lists and activities to help you learn vocabulary quickly
- Test yourself - see and track your own progress
- Native speaker audio - available online
- Free, downloadable audio transcripts and vocabulary and language reference lists

The audio for this course is available for free on library.teachyourself.com or from the Teach Yourself Library app.

Where do I go next?
If you want to advance your Mandarin Chinese, our Complete Mandarin Chinese course (9781444199376) will take you to an intermediate level of Mandarin Chinese.

If you want to practice your speaking and listening skills, Get Talking and Keep Talking Mandarin Chinese (9781444185416) is the perfect audio course.


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Biographical Notes

Elizabeth Scurfield co-founded the Chinese Department at the University of Westminster and set up the first ever UK student exchange scheme with China in 1976. She has taught Chinese for nearly 40 years. Song Lianyi is Lecturer in Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

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  • ISBN: 9781444174809
  • Publication date: 27 Dec 2013
  • Page count: 240
  • Imprint: Teach Yourself
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