CME: Chinese Made Easier (1) (second edition ) (with 2 MP3)
author：Martin Symonds,Tian Haohao
Publishing house: Shaanxi Normal University Press
number of editions: second edition in May 2007
number of print: first print in May 2007
number of pages: 302 pages
Wordage (thousand words): 227 thousand words
Format: 787×1092 mm
FAIL TO READ THIS AT YOUR PERIL!!
This textbook uses pinyin romanization to help you learn to speak Chinese. However, the pinyin gradually starts to disappear after lesson 5. Why?
In order to reduce your dependence on the pinyin (which Chinese people can’t read anyway), starting from lesson 6 and going right through to lesson 70, we introduce you to eight Chinese characters per lesson. You are free to choose whether or not you wish to learn how to write the characters. However, you must learn how to recognize them because the pinyin for those eight characters will disappear from that lesson onwards. In this way, you will learn to read (and possibly write) 520 Chinese characters by the time you have completed lesson 70. (If you choose not to learn to write them, why not consider buying Chinese software for your computer and learn how to type Chinese characters using the pinyin input method?)
Confused about the Parts of Speech? Then turn to page 144.
Take a look now at the Reference Section in Book 2 (pages 203–240) for lists of useful words needed for everyday living.
A complete Chinese–English alphabetical pinyin list of all the new vocabulary introduced in lessons 1-60 can be found near the end of Book 4. A list of all the Chinese characters taught in lessons 6-60 can also be found at the back of Book 4.
Needing ideas for learning Chinese? Then look up the website: www.chinesemadeeasier.com More details are at the end of ‘Hints on How to Study’ (at the end of this book), which, by the way, is also worth a look at.
Continue reading on if you wish
What makes this book different from most other Chinese textbooks published in China?
The content of each lesson is intensely practical. We have assumed that you are living in China and want to communicate on everyday topics as quickly as possible. So only useful vocabulary, immediately relevant to your everyday needs, is included.
We have worked hard at trying to make the grammar explanations as simple and clear as possible, avoiding complicated linguistic terminology.
Each lesson contains an activity related to the topic to get you using the words.
The reading & writing of Chinese characters is introduced at a manageable pace so you shouldn’t feel too overwhelmed.
封底 / on the back cover
Students who have used this textbook in our program have enjoyed the clear grammar explanations and practical content of each lesson. The textbook gives students what they need for daily living in China and hence fuels motivation to learn.
Dr. Howard Kenyon
Sunrise Chinese Language Program
Shaanxi Teacher Training University
Martin Symonds has crated the very textbook I’ve been looking for in China for a long while. With China’s entry into the WTO, there has been an urgent need for a course which is both practical and well structured, yet without the heavy emphasis on writing Chinese characters which most courses in China demand. This is definitely it!
China Language Training Center
At present, we only have several copies of this book in stock. After they are sold out, we will buy the book according to the order, i.e. after our customers order these books to us and the payment reaches our account, then we will begin to buy them from the publisher in Xi’an City, which will need some time for the books getting to Beijing City. So the future coming books are ready for shipment within 10 working days, which is different from our normal time limit: within 5 working days.
To the Teacher 给老师的话
3、The Post Office
6、Telling the Time
7、Days & Dates
8、Giving Directions / Address
9、Getting Public Transport
English – Chinese Vocabulary List
Chinese – English Vocabulary List
Hints on How to Study
Pictures of the Vocabulary
1 The four tones, f l m n h s a
2 i ei ai
3 The four tones contrasted
4 p t k
5 u ou ao
6 b d g
7 an ang ong
8 z c
9 Two 3rd tones in sequence; Tone Practice: 4th tone
10 sh ch zh
12 w ua uai
13 ui uan uang
14 Tone practice: 3rd tone -2nd tone; 1st tone -3rd tone; 1st tone -1st tone
15 y in ing
16 ia iao iang
17 Tone practice: 2nd tone -4th tone; 4th tone -4th tone; 4th tone -1st tone
18 x j q
19 iu ian ie
20 Tone practice: 1st tone -2nd tone; 4th tone -2nd tone; 3rd tone -4th tone
22 en eng un
23 Tone practice: 2nd tone -1st tone; 3rd tone -1st tone; 1st tone -4th tone
26 Tone practice: 2nd tone -2nd tone; 2nd tone -3rd tone; 4th tone -3rd tone
27 ün üe üan iong
28 si zi ci
29 Neutral tone
31 Intonation and Stress
32 Some everyday words and phrases
A Chinese and English consonants and vowels compared
B Phonetic description of Chinese consonants and vowels
C Chinese syllable chart in pinyin romanization
D The four tones
E The vocal organs
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