The language and culture of China: over 3,000 years of history, more than a billion inhabitants, and a country that stretches from the tundra to the tropics. Surely it would take years of study to even scratch the surface of this subject. Wrong! Collins Chinese Language and Culture is a sharp and informative introduction to the complex subject of China's language, history, culture and customs. You'll learn essential phrases, discover the origins of the Chinese writing system, and find out what constitutes a beautiful name in China. Alongside chapters on modern China's historical roots or the importance of certain numbers in Chinese culture, there are lessons about Chinese etiquette, how to haggle your way down a street market, and what to do in a restaurant. So whether as an accompaniment to studies or as a stand-alone guide, Collins Chinese Language and Culture gives you access to the life and language of this ancient empire and modern superpower in the making.
Volume I of Talking about Chinese Culture has all-total 10 lessons, which introduce some common Chinese cultural phenomenon such as the ways of greeting and etiquette, human relationship, modesty and courtesy, the concept of classes, as well as some typical characteristics of Chinese people such as implicitness, self-pride, focus on spiritual power, less care of benefit, implied meaning beyond words, etc. A variety of language practicing drills in each lesson provide trainings for acquiring Chinese words, grammar, sentences , expressing in monologue, and discussions with given cultural topics? All of these help the Chinese language learners consolidate what they've learned, train their speaking abilities, and at the same time help the learners gain initial understanding of Chinese customs and cultural essence. A free recording MP3 is attached.
Based on the movie Shower, this book is in the Audio-Vsual-Oral Chinese Series. It selects 6 excerpts from the movie, adds detailed annotation (of new words, grammatical points) and provides diversified exercises based on the audio-visual materials. The accompanying DVD contains 2 versions of the movie: a complete version to be watched for appreciation and a reedited version for use in the classroom.
Oral Communication in Chinese is to help learners develop their oral communicative competence in short-term Chinese class. It provides two beginning entry levels for Chinese learners. Absolute beginners can start with Oral Communication in Chinese 1, and people who have learnt Chinese before but still are difficult to communicate in Chinese, can start with Oral Communication in Chinese 2. Each level is designed for 50 to 70 instructional hours and contains a full range of supplementary components.