Why Chinese with Mike?Chinese with Mike is 100% new and breaks with traditional Chinese curricula. Mike's humour, mixed with his logical, step-by-step approach shields learners from the unnecessary complexities of Mandarin Chinese. Through a blend of 60 short practice lessons and audio, you'll acquire essential Chinese with confidence. More importantly, you get a little one-on-one time with Mike, as he makes learning Chinese ridiculously easy-and fun! This activity book is for use with the corresponding Coursebook (ISBN 9781444198577).What will I learn?This is a solid foundation course that teaches you how to speak Chinese and also understand how the language fits together.Season 1 This covers pinyin, the four tones and writing system using Simplified Chinese characters, common words, phrases and typical conversations. In no time you'll be able to talk about yourself, your family, your friends, your job, your home, your dogs and cats. Season 2 If Season 2 wasn't included in the book, you wouldn't be able to tell people you can speak Chinese, you like to play basketball, or you want to eat beef fried rice. More importantly, you wouldn't even know how to ask permission to use the bathroom! Without Season 2 you wouldn't get very far in life. Why will learning Chinese be a breeze?· Mike builds confidence through his logical step-by-step design of the course· Mike explains pronunciation with clear, familiar examples· Mike adds interesting facts about the intricacies of language· Mike includes lots of cultural tidbits· Mike recognizes and explains thoroughly troublesome areas· Mike uses native speakers to help you with listening and speakingWhat do I get when I learn Chinese with Mike?-144-page activity book of addictive practice material-Audio on MP3 CD-ROMAddictive learningMike Laoshi (Teacher Mike) will astound you with his unparalleled ability to make learning Mandarin Chinese fun and easy. Be warned, his teaching style is highly addictive, so if you have a family, career or social life, you may want to put those on hold for a little while."It is definitely new, and it definitely works."-Dr. Licheng Gu, Program Director, African & Asian Languages, Northwestern UniversityChinese with Mike is suitable for classroom, self-study or home schooling.