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Spoken Chinese (264 pages 6 cass)

Spoken Chinese (264 pages 6 cass)
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By Yuen Ren Chao, Agassiz Professor of Oriental Languages and Literature Emeritus, University of California
This intensive course includes everyday speech of the North Chinese, or Mandarin. The text is entirely in Roman transcription for east reading and pronunciation. The Chinese text and recording in this series were originally prepared under the aegis of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Linguistic Society of America. This is a self-teaching courses for beginners, with cassettes keyed directly to the texts. Completion of the course will take the student from beginner to intermediate level.

Product ID: 8354     ISBN-13: 9780879500313
Categories: Classroom/Schools, Classroom/Teaching Materials, Learn
Supporting language: Chinese
Platforms/media types: Audio Cassette, Printed Matter
Specifications: Audio Cassette Player
About Spoken Language Series

Spoken Language Services is "the original language teacher." Featuring techniques pioneered by professional linguists during World War II, these no-nonsense courses have been used successfully by thousands of students to jump-start their foreign language training. No other method has proved more effective than the simple listen-and-imitate method these courses employ. Whether your desire to learn another language is for business or pleasure, Spoken Language Series is ready to help you get the most from your investment in learning.

Most of the courses in the Spoken Language Series were prepared originally by professional linguists under the aegis of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Linguistic Society of America. The included course books are self-instructional and are accompanied by cassettes keyed to the course material. Cassettes are recorded by native speakers and cover conversations, pronunciation exercises, and TRUE-FALSE tests. Each word or phrase is spoken first in English and then twice in the language of the course, with a pause after each utterance to allow the listener to repeat and imitate. The cassettes can be used for practice without the text.

Grammatical explanations are given for the language content already learned. The learner gets systematic development of the linguistic structure instead of first learning a grammar and then trying to fit utterances into it.

Course material covered in Book I is roughly equivalent to one semester's intensive study (8 class hours per week with 30 hours outside practice). At the end of the course the learner should have a good grounding in everyday vocabulary, grammar, and usage, and be able to communicate with native speakers.

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