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Total Mandarin Chinese Foundation Course : Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method - Harold Goodman

Total Mandarin Chinese Foundation Course

Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method

Author: Harold Goodman

Audio CD

Published: 8th November 2011
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Looking for a convenient language course that fits your lifestyle and gets you speaking a new language in a matter of hours? The acclaimed audio-led Michel Thomas Method Total Mandarin Chinese course, endorsed by celebrities, executives and learners worldwide, will deliver the results you want.

How does it work?
During the course, you will join Michel Thomas Method teacher Harold Goodman and two students in a live lesson, learning from both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. The revolutionary method for learning Mandarin tones used in this course links movement and colours and will enable you to effortlessly recall tones at the proper moment in your communication. Tested and refined on students without any previous knowledge of Mandarin, it is specifically designed to address all styles of language learning (visual, kinaesthetic, auditory, etc.). You learn through your own language, so there's no stress, and no anxiety. You'll stick with it because you'll love it.

Why is the method so successful?
The Michel Thomas Method was perfected over 50 years by celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas. This unique method works with your brain and draws on the principles of instructional psychology. Knowledge is structured and organised so that you assimilate the language easily and don't forget it. The method breaks down the language into building blocks that are introduced sequentially in such a way that you create your response and move on to ever-more-complex sentences. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization, so you progress rapidly.

What's in the Course?
Total Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method includes up to 8 hours of audio on CD and an interactive CD-ROM for practice and review.
*Note that the content is the same as the previously entitled Foundation course

Learn anywhere
Don't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at home, in your car, or on the move with your MP3 player.

Where do I go next?
Perfect Mandarin Chinese follows on from the Total course with 6 hours of audio.

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"The nearest thing to painless learning" - The Times

"A unique and perfectly brilliant way of learning languages" - Stephen Fry

"The most extraordinary experience of my life" - Emma Thompson

"Thomas makes it simple" - Sunday Times

"Works like a dream" - Daily Telegraph

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"Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning" - Time Out

Introduction. How to use this course. Background to Chinese languages. Tones in Mandarin The form of the verb in Chinese languages doesn't change: e.g. shi ('to be') also means 'am, are, is, was, will be' wo = 'I' and also 'me': form of pronoun doesn't change in Mandarin There is no word for 'a' or 'an' ni = 'you' ta = 'he, him, she, her, it' Words for nationalities Add men to pronouns ('I, me' etc.) to form plural (more than one): women = 'we, us ' etc. ma = question marker, to change a statement into a question' Goes at the end of the statement. ne added to mean 'how about ...?' Adjectives, such as 'busy', in Mandarin, are also verbs: mang means 'to be busy' To form a negative, put bu = 'no, not' in front of the verb Add hen to fulfil the two-syllable meter rule (also means 'very') Greetings ni hao and ni hao ma ('hello' = 'you good', 'how are you' = 'you good (question)' In Chinese the character/word has the same form for both individual and plural form In front of another falling-tone word, bu (falling tone) becomes bu (rising tone)('trampoline' rule) Question with a question word, such as 'why?' Use zai to emphasize 'now, at this very moment' Word order in Chinese: who--when--what is happening xiang = 'would like to' neng = 'can' Add de to pronouns 'I' etc. to form 'my, mine' etc.: wode Words for languages xiang = 'would like to' in Mandarin can only be followed by a verb Word order in Chinese: who--when--how--what is happening Demonstrative pronouns 'this' and 'that' Answering 'yes' and 'no' without repeating the verb in the question: shi = 'is', bu = 'not' Chinese construction 'too...to do' is 'too...no can do' Question word 'what?' How to answer 'What is this?', and 'What is that?' shuo = 'to speak, say' hui = 'to be able to' Question word 'who?' Use of universal 'classifier' ge in 'this book' (zhe ge shu), 'that man' (na ge ren); 'a, an, one' ( yi ge) zai (= 'at' etc.) in Chinese can be used as and functions as a verb, so zai jia = 'to be at home' Question word 'where?' zhu (zai) = 'live, stay' Prepositions ('on' etc.) go after the noun in Mandarin: '[to be] at the table on' you = 'to have, I have, he has, I had' etc. Negative of 'to have' formed with mei: mei you = 'not have' yao = 'to want' etc.; bu yao = 'not want' qu = 'go to' jin tian = 'today' you ('to have' etc.) also = 'there is, there are' [zai ] zher, nar = '[to be] here, there' mei tian = 'every day' you de = '(there is) some' Three ways to say 'yes': repeat the verb; shi ( = 'to be' etc.); dui (= 'correct') yao shuo = 'want to speak' neng shuo = 'can speak' When to say xie xie (= 'thanks') zai jian = 'Good bye' (= 'again meet') lai = 'come'

ISBN: 9781444138030
ISBN-10: 1444138030
Series: Michel Thomas Method
Audience: General
Format: Audio CD
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 600
Published: 8th November 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 17.0  x 6.8
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Unabridged