Mandarin Express

Four levels of comprehensive Mandarin instruction ranging from daily activities to world issues.

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Mandarin Express series primarily focuses on speaking and listening for people who learn Mandarin as a second language. 

The complete series provides four levels of comprehensive Mandarin instruction in simplified Chinese characters. To facilitate beginner students to learn quickly, pinyin is included in Intro and Basic Levels.

When using the books, students enjoy practical task-based learning with a focus on form and function. There is a wide variety of text presentations in a fun, interesting way. And real world communications are simulated in audio practice.

  • Mandarin Express Intro Level

    There are two introductory books on this level, Intro Level A and Intro Level B. The books are designed for the learners with zero background in Mandarin. Each book focuses on ten fundamental topics. This level provides students with around 600 essential words and phrases, introduced in a conversational context. Important structures are practiced and re-enforced in the Work Books.

  • Mandarin Express Basic Level

    There are two books on this level, Basic Level A and Basic Level B. The books are designed for the learners with some experience in Mandarin. Each book focuses on ten important topics. A vocabulary of 700 words and phrases are introduced through conversations and stories. Key words and structures are practiced and re-enforced in Work Books.

  • Mandarin Express Pre-Intermediate Level

    There are two books on this level, Pre-Intermediate Level A and Pre-Intermediate Level B. The books are designed for the learners who can carry on more advanced conversations in Mandarin and have acquired basic Chinese characters through the Chinese Reading and Writing series. Each book focuses on ten advanced topics. Targeted words and structures are practiced and re-enforced in Work Books. This level is a major step towards Chinese proficiency.

  • Mandarin Express Intermediate Level

    There are two books on this level, Intermediate Level A and Intermediate Level B. The books are designed for the learners to get into historical events, world issues, and discussions of abstract topics. For students who have completed the Pre-Intermediate Level, this level will be a gateway into the real world of text. Chinese books, newspapers, and other types of media will no longer seem daunting or intimidating.

Communication based Chinese textbooks

Mandarin Express series revolves around communications, and the word "express" in the title represents this purpose and the underlined methodologies. 

The first meaning of "express" is "to express": to say something in Mandarin. Mandarin is a language. Learning Mandarin is to learn a new way of expressions, expressions of who we are and what we want to say to the world. Many Chinese textbooks start the first lesson with greetings, teaching students how to say "hello" in Chinese. But in Mandarin Express Intro Level A, students start the first lesson to express their identities. "To express" also has a built-in quality of clarity. Not only do students express themselves, but do it clearly.  Moreover, the range of expressions go way beyond daily life, reaching a wide range of world issues, histories, and philosophies. 

The second meaning of "express" is an extension of the first meaning, "to communicate". One major reason for students to express something is that others can understand them.  "To express" implies the existence of an interlocutor, who is listening to these expressions and possibly responds. Thus, there is an exchange between the person who is expressing and the person who is listening. The flows are quite possible coming from both ends. The person who is expressing will also listen, and the person who is listening will also express. Therefore, Mandarin Express series was designed on exchanging ideas. People learn to express themselves, and also learn to listen. Listening is not an easy task. This is the reason that all Work Books are full of different, and quite often difficult, listening exercises.

The third meaning of "express" is to send something through a special route, such as an express train. For Mandarin Express series, this special route is to take students from beginner to cultural literacy. This journey is carefully divided into many stops. Each stop takes students a little bit further and calls forth the next stop. Students' Chinese ability and skills increase gradually from stop to stop. There is no short cut in this route. Stops are sequenced in a particular way to maximize the best outcome. Learning Chinese is a long and difficult journey. But, for students who are persistent enough, this "express" route will promise them a fantastic and rewarding experience.


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