Use this one-of-a-kind practice guide together with any Chinese book or language program, and dramatically enhance your speaking.
No matter what book or course youAEre using to learn Chinese, it takes a lot of practice. Here is a wealth of effective practice activities including more than 16 hours of audio material to help polish your spoken Chinese. This book corresponds to "Basic Spoken Chinese, Volume 1" and allows you to move from complete beginner level to basic proficiency.
"Practice Essentials" includes carefully designed activities to help solidify every aspect of your spoken Chinese skills: Pronunciation exercises Vocabulary and Grammar summaries Substitution drills Transformation and Response drills Role Play & Listening Comprehension exercises Dictation exercises Translation exercises An included disc contains over 16 hours of audio material, as well as (printable) PDF files of hundreds of additional practice pages and exercises.
Together with or after this book, you can use "Basic Written Chinese, Vol. 1" (Tuttle, 2011) if you want to learn Chinese reading and writing. It introduces the highest-frequency characters and words in a systematic way.
About the Series Respected Chinese language expert Dr. Cornelius Kubler, who has taught diplomats, business people and students, presents a learning system that uses separate but integrated "tracks" to help you efficiently master the basics of spoken and written Chinese. The materials in "Basic Spoken Chinese, Vol. 1" allow you to move from complete beginner level to basic fluency.
"I have been teaching Chinese to high school students for over 25 years and have used a variety of texts. I decided to try Basic Spoken Chinese (BSC) with one of my classes on an experimental level, and I have to say it is the best text of its kind that I have ever seen. --Richard Ayres, St. Xavier High School, Louisville, KY
"Professor Kubler in a detailed manner explains the structure of Mandarin sentences and does a good job comparing Mandarin sentences with the corresponding English ones, highlighting many of the pitfalls faced by the average English speakers trying to learn Chinese." -- Study More Chinese
"Meticulously planned, carefully prepared and patiently tested for over a decade, the Basic Chinese series represents the most comprehensive introductory materials available now. The eclectic approach, the flexibility in use, the attention to authenticity of language in its sociolinguistic context, the myriad of audio and visual aids, and the array of rigorously designed exercises makes the Basic Chinese the ideal material for any committed learner embarking on the journey of learning the Chinese language." --Dr. Jun Yang, Senior Lecturer in Chinese, University of Chicago
"This is one of the best elementary Chinese textbooks, I believe, ever produced in the history of teaching Chinese as a second language... A great and unique work which will benefit students and teachers for many years to come." --Dr. Shengli Feng, Professor of Chinese Linguistics, Chinese University of Hong Kong
"Outstanding for its carefully graduated presentation of material in easily digestible sub-units, comprehensive and clearly written grammatical and cultural notes, and perhaps most important of all, its separation of the task of learning to speak the language from the very different processes of learning to read and write Chinese characters... The most exciting Chinese language textbook I have seen in many years." --Dr. James E. Dew, retired associate professor of Chinese, University of Michigan; former Director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei
"A breath of fresh air... Its dual track for spoken and written language finally gives American students a chance to develop oral proficiency without being slowed down by the character writing... An ideal textbook for any program that seeks to advance rapidly in spoken Chinese and to fully prepare the students for their encounter with China." --Dr. Jingqi Fu, Associate Professor of Chinese, St. Mary's College of Maryland
"Contextualized so learners know not only what to say, but why, when, and with whom it is appropriate to use such language. ...thorough and clear...refreshing." --Dr. Matthew Christensen, Associate Professor of Chinese, Brigham Young University
"Kubler's books distinguish themselves with natural, culturally-rooted dialogues, detailed notes (for both written and spoken language), generous practice activities and an amazing care for organization. These books will be valuable tools for both students and their teachers." --Prof. Eric Pelzl, Wisconsin Lutheran College