This book is written for English-speaking students who are taking Skype Learn Chinese courses. A basic level vocabulary and understanding of Chinese grammar and culture is presented in this Skype Learn Chinese series. It is an effort to introduce the Skype Learn Chinese students to the language by explaining its basic principles in simple steps. The purpose is to prepare the student with a foundation on which to build, with confidence, its ensuing complexities.
This book is written for English-speaking students in Skype Learn Chinese who are beginning the study of mainland Chinese. The primary objective of Skype Learn Chinese is to present the vocabulary required for the HSK-1 examination of the Chinese government’s language proficiency test series.
The method of Skype Learn Chinese is designed to simplify the process of memorization and recall for written characters, and Pinyin, reduce the difficulty of assimilating the new form of grammar and style of expression and provide the necessary vocabulary in stories that exemplify basic Chinese idioms and common expressions. The process in Skype Learn Chinese is accelerated by providing memory aids that group the recall of characters by the recitation of a sentence of ’cues’. This simple, step by step, process permits instant testing to ensure ‘all’ individual characters (and Pinyin) of a group in Skype Learn Chinese is absorbed before continuing and frequent test refreshers help move it into long term memory. The process of Skype Learn Chinese also permits a very relaxed and ’fun’ method of study that a student can enjoy but, at the same time, ‘self-test’ the success of memorization easily in Skype Learn Chinese. There are, in addition to essential HSK1 vocabulary lessons, several items of general historical and cultural information to broaden the student’s knowledge of Skype Learn Chinese and break up the memorization topics. Thus, it is intended that this Skype Learn Chinese technique not only simplifies the study of the language for the beginning Western student, but that Skype Learn Chinese also helps to familiarize the student with the basic “feel” of Skype Learn Chinese to help the student in later studies.
The book is intended to be used by students to absorb a basic, written language structure. A qualified teacher is essential, however, to develop the spoken language and to guide the student’s efforts. The memory techniques that are used here are well-established in the psychological field but may be a little unorthodox and even unsettling for some students. This is also a place for the teacher’s guidance. The authors have had some success with taking students through the grammatical markers into the “Le Mane” memory aid and allowing a student to ’instantly’ recall all of the markers with only one reading of the cue. If that level of ’fun’ learning is appreciated for its amazing recall ability, the student, then, is more willing to accept the novel methods of memorization.
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