Mandarin Express Intro Level B
The second audio course. It includes a total of 12 audio lessons. Listen to two sample lessons here, Lesson 11 & Lesson 17.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to say different jobs in Chinese, such as “doctor”, “singer”, “housewife”, “manager” and etc. You’ll practice how to express your opinions about these jobs, for example, “This job is boring”, or “That job is stressful”. The final exercise is a questionnaire for finding out what job is the best job for you.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce your family members in Chinese, “father”, “mother”, “husband”, “wife”, “children”, “brothers and sisters” and etc. Also, you’ll learn how to say different types of transportation in Chinese, such as “ride a bicycle”, “take a taxi”, and so on. The final practice is a consolidated exercises, practicing describing families.
A very useful word “dōu 都” is introduced in this lesson for you to express “all” in Chinese. Pay attention to the differences between its two negative forms “dōu bù 都不” and “bù dōu 不都”.
In this lesson, the focus is on clothes, common measure words for clothes, and colours. You’ll practice saying things like “I like to wear a pair of blue jeans” in Chinese.
This lesson introduces how to say “when …” in Chinese, which is different from the question word “when?”, and also two words for “to wear”, “chuān 穿” and “dài 戴”. April explains when to use which one.
This lesson is all about people, about us.
You’ll learn useful words related to our appearances and personalities, such as “young”, “old”, “serious” and “humorous”, and practice using these words to describe people, people you know of or people who only exist in your imaginations.
This lesson introduces another word for “all” in Chinese, “suǒyǒu 所有”. Sometimes students get confused about “suǒyǒu 所有” and “dōu 都”. April explains their differences.
Weather, always a good place to start a conversation!
In this lesson, you’ll learn many weather related words in Chinese, such as “sunny”, “to drizzle”, or “typhoon”, and practice describing the weather.
This lesson also teaches seasons and directions in Chinese, and uses these words to talk about China.
Lesson 11 - 15 have covered important topics, jobs, family, transportations, clothes, colours, appearance, personalities, and weather. It’s time to do some consolidated exercises.
In this lesson, April prepares four such exercises to help you improve your listening and speaking. Follow her instructions.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to say different rooms in Chinese, “living room”, “bedroom”, “balcony”, and so on, and to practice describing houses or apartments, and also saying something about the people who live in these houses and apartments.
In this lesson, you’ll learn furniture, and practice describing the arrangements of the furniture, and also practicing giving instructions, such as “put the lamp on the desk”.
Position words are the focus of this lesson.
In this lesson, you’ll practice describing sports and personal interests in Chinese. New vocabularies include “to play tennis”, “to play computer games”, “to draw pictures”, and so on. April mentions her habit of saying the “r” sound at the end of the finals, and explains people from the South tend not to say it.
Also, you’ll practice asking “how well” and “how long” questions in Chinese. Both questions, and their answers, require rather different word orders, which are certainly different from “who”, “what”, “where”, and “when” questions. Moreover, you’ll learn to use “before …” and “after …” to describe sequence of events.
In this lesson, you’ll learn practical expressions frequently used during telephone calls, for example, what to say in Chinese when you want to talk to someone, when you dial a wrong number, or what to say when you need to leave a message.
The main theme of this lesson is to organise an event. Students learn important phrases of organising an event and later practice describing what has happened during the event.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to express major life events in Chinese, such as “to be born”, “to get married”, “to get a divorce”, and “to pass away”, and to practice talking about your life.
A fun game to play in this lesson is a guessing game. April talks about three famous people without mentioning their names. Guess who they are.
Also, a useful sentence pattern “shì 是 … de 的” is introduced in this lesson.
After learning rooms, furniture, activities and life events, and many useful sentence patterns, it’s time to do some consolidated exercises and achieve a better grasp of Chinese.
This is the finale of Mandarin Express Intro Level. Two tasks are laid out. One is about your current life, one is about the best possible life you could have.
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