Mandarin Chinese Vocabulary Builder+ (Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method)

Mandarin Chinese Vocabulary Builder+ (Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method)

CD-Audio Michael Thomas Method Language: English / Chinese

By (author) Harold Goodman

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  • Publisher: HODDER EDUCATION
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Language: English / Chinese
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 200mm x 38mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444197649
  • ISBN 13: 9781444197648
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised, Updated ed.
  • Sales rank: 391,061

Product description

Experience significant results in a remarkably short period of time - without books, drills, memorizing, or homework. In this five-hour intermediate level audio course, Michel Thomas Method teacher Harold Goodman introduces over 600 new words and everyday phrases. Learning alongside two genuine students, you will acquire essential language building blocks which allow you to increase your vocabulary in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out answers for yourself. What's the added plus? Unlike most vocabulary courses which give you lists of words to memorise, the Michel Thomas Method Vocabulary Builder+ allows you to further extend your vocabulary by exploiting the logic of the Mandarin language. You will gain the tools and strategies to exponentially build up your vocabulary. Who is this course for? Whether you have learned from other Michel Thomas courses or are simply looking for a new approach to help improve your proficiency, the Mandarin Chinese Vocabulary Builder+ will introduce you to a unique way of acquiring language that will significantly boost your confidence in your ability to speak, listen to and understand Mandarin.

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Dr Harold Goodman is a physician and surgeon, who had Michel Thomas as his teacher for nearly ten years. During this time Michel Thomas's goal was not to teach Dr Goodman a specific language (though he did instruct him in two of the languages he taught) but to train him to understand his method of teaching - which he then used to teach others, with great success. Dr Goodman teaches and practises in the United States.

Table of contents

Past - 'have you ever' pattern 'Something different from, other than' pattern Only, about the same, the same as..., different then, next, last, few (various colloquial uses), Verbs (give, show, may, do, strike, make a telephone call, sit, go towards, fly, drive, tell, inform someone, be late, early, arrive, go fast, should, sell, understand via hearing or seeing, pay, to be free, gratis, be rich, to like something, seek, look 'It's a pity' (very commonly used in spoken Chinese - must know), Money - types of currency, ways of referring to currency (China, Taiwan, UK, USA, etc.) Asking how much: large and small quantities. Two patterns. Counting. From one to a million. The use of wan = 10, 000. The critical words that you must never confuse to express the number two. Dates: Names of days of week, months, year. How to use the word hao = number. Time: How to express time. AM, PM. Differences from English. One half. Children: various ways to refer to Additional adjectives How to address strangers Eating: public, private venues, terms, verbs, nouns (wine, beer etc.), ordering, types of food / drink. Foreign, local. Future. specific constructs. Travelling terminology. Aeroplane, car, train, passport, ticket General nouns (newspaper) Pattern: From point x, by means of some conveyance, to destination. Sentence -le pattern. Something changes. A unique Chinese way of expressing the past. Very common and essential to learn. Pattern: verb de dong Before, after. Unique Chinese uses. 'Otherwise' pattern. Lodging vocabulary: room, bed, chair, floor, etc. Outside / inside Very best (superlative) pattern Boss, person in charge. Everything, nothing, every specific thing, so on, etc. Two types of 'or'. Introducing huo zhe. Mei ban fa = there's nothing to be done (ie. It's hopeless) Very common Chinese expression. Ban fa = a method or process of doing something. Many uses. Already. Greeting a group vs. one or two people.