Total Mandarin Chinese (Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method)

Total Mandarin Chinese (Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method)

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By (author) Michel Thomas, By (author) Harold Goodman

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  • Publisher: HODDER EDUCATION
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 240mm x 68mm | 798g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444138030
  • ISBN 13: 9781444138030
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 77,739

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Learn Mandarin Chinese - Instantly. No books. No writing. No memorizing. Join the millions of people worldwide who have learned a new language with the Michel Thomas Method. "The nearest thing to painless learning" - The Times - Guaranteed success. Speak and understand Manadarin Chinese perfectly - Incredible progress. Learn Mandarin Chinese effortlessly - Absolute confidence. Unleash your natural learning style without trying The Method: Stress-free audio learning Michel Thomas teaches you Mandarin Chinese through your own language, so there's no stress, and no anxiety. He builds it up, step by step, and you don't move on until you've absorbed and understood the previous point. And, as Michel Thomas said, 'What you understand, you know; and what you know, you don't forget.' With parallels to the way you learned your own language, you'll learn Mandarin Chinese in 'real-time' conditions. There is no need to stop for homework, additional exercises or vocabulary memorization. Why it Works: Learn the Mandarin Chinese language the way you learned your own You learned your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Mandarin Chinese in the same way. You'll stick with it because you'll love it. Use the unique method perfected over fifty years by the celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas. This method works with your brain, helping you to build up your Mandarin Chinese in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out the answers for yourself. You learn through listening and speaking without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You pick up the language naturally and unforgettably. 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. What's in the Course? - 12 hours of audio on CD - NEW: visual learning review for PC or Mac - NEW: over 2 hours of extra vocab help - NEW: interactive exercises to check your progress How Does it Work? - Listen: collect words effortlessly by listening - Connect: create your own mental tool kit by understanding how words fit together - Speak: put the words back together to build sentences, naturally

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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.

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"A genuine breakthrough in the teaching of Mandarin" The Guardian "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 "Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed" The Guardian "Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning" Time Out

Table of contents

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'