Learning Chinese can be a breeze - just make sure that your path (i.e. textbook + language class) fulfills the following principles:
1) stay active throughout the whole course - this works best with an engaging textbook and a teacher who caters to your needs
2) link your study project to a China mission: be it a trip, a semester abroad or a work-related stay
3) contribute your ideas and expectations - the most useful vocabulary is the one you choose
In this book I guide beginning learners through ten exciting lessons and help them to acquire a useful and hand-picked set of words and phrases. The main goal: helping you to communicate what your mission requires you to say - and say it with style and ease! This means you will NEVER learn sentences by heart, unless you choose to, and only provided that you've totally grasped how the sentence structure works. The approach aims at an unterstanding for the language. To achieve this, a story plot brings you embedded grammar, fun and realistic usage of Mandarin Chinese. You'll get a varity of exercises and the opportunity to practice!
Talk like a local:
The content is written in colloquial style, but adequate for all occasions. Forget about those dull and bland lesson texts from the past. Our heroes speak in a language that reflects the new China. Their topics are grounded in the modern Chinese era. They communicate just like Chinese people do in their daily lives. This includes all the little syllables that mark the nuances of what you want to say. Various exercises make these darlings feasable.
Communicative and tailor-made:
Learning Chinese will help you during your time in the country, that's why I call it empowering! Using the phrasebook that in included in every chapter, you'll master every typical travel situation. You'll make new friends, get the best deals on the market and discover things other travellers (who don't speak the language) will miss. Together (with me as a teacher; details below) we can tailor all this to your needs. Be it travel, work or study: Build on what you've learned during your next trip, stay or study semester. Be an explorer and widen your horizon! This is the essence of language empowerment!
Learner-centred language class:
You as a student are the one who decides where we go. I deliver content and options, advice, give feedback and the opportunity to practice. Pick what you need and what like to know. Request what you think is missing and I'll find a way to include it without giving you an extra burden.
Smartphones, Maps and modern speak:
No more boring dialogues. The lessons of most other Chinese textbooks are based on twenty-year old corpus studies, CCTV-vocabulary and many old teaching conventions. Our heroes and heroines talk in an authentic manner about things that matter in 2015. Things that the Chinese people care about. Textbook stoies have never been closer to real life situations!
Clear layout in multi-colour print:
This workbook activates and empowers you as a learner. You get Chinese-English lesson texts, vocabulary lists and exercises for grammar, pronunciation and language usage - all without fuss. There are no characters or chunks of text. You get space for your own notes, the words you think are useful and my personal advice.
Private lesson using Skype:
This course is nothing for the fireplace scolar who wants to be entertained with Chinese grammar and script etymology. This is a workbook, an engaging tool for you and me to communicate. It's a space where you as a learner can grow. It's not only a vocab feed - it's your guide to Chinese interaction. You decide the pace - together we will make your China mission succeed! To discuss your goals and expectations in detail, find me on Skype. My name is julian.grossherr
The workbook has been translated in various languages. There's also a Kindle version available.
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Julian Grossherr is an author and publisher of books with a focus on China. He loves writing, languages (he speaks six of them) and travelling. He loves inspiring people to travel independently and aims to empower them as explorers and mission-succeeders. You can fix a date for your personal Skype class. Find him there as: julian.grossherr
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