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Total Mandarin Chinese : Michel Thomas method : listen, connect, speak.

Author: Michel Thomas
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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"Unleash your natural learning style without trying The Method: Stress-free audio learning Michel Thomas teaches you 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Series
Sound recordings for English speakers
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Thomas
ISBN: 9781444138030 1444138030
OCLC Number: 781089783
Language Note: In English and Mandarin Chinese.
Notes: Enclosed booklet contains an explanation on the method, a brief biography of Michel Thomas, and a track listing.
Compact discs.
"Beginner to intermediate"--Container.
Performer(s): Instructor, Michel Thomas.
Description: 10 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
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'
Other Titles: Michel Thomas method total Mandarin Chinese

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"Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning" * Time Out * "Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed" * The Guardian * "Works like a dream" * Daily Telegraph * "Thomas makes it simple" * Read more...

 
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