Basic Learners Communicate Now
You should be communicating now. Whether you've been learning for a year or just for a day. And that's what the basic materials provided to you for free here are going to help you to do.
Here is what we have to consider.
- You need a solid foundation for pinyin pronunciation. The free pinyin course will let you speak accurately, and allow you to be understood. Secondly, it will allow you to use any materials out there, once you know through and through how to really translate those pinyin spellings into speech.
- You need a starting place for speaking - an ever expanding toolbox of simple language that you can immediately put to use in situations that you will meet with again and again. The language in our basic dialogue series is designed just for that purpose. You can start with the Level 1 beginner dialogues or, if you already know a bit of Chinese, go directly to Level 2 dialogues for elementary learners.
- You need good direction about how to learn. I put my experience to work here by giving you solid principles to guide your learning - many which are common sense (which can sometimes be all too uncommon!) and many which, if no one were to point them out, could needlessly cost you time and effort.
About the Basic Dialogues
Dialogues continue to be a great way to learn basic Chinese. What makes short dialogues such a powerful tool in learning the basics of Mandarin, or any foreign language for that matter? Here are my three favorite reasons:
- Dialogues are simply conversations, and therefore can contain very practical, everyday language useful for casual communication
- Basic Chinese dialogues are short and very digestible - the beginning Chinese learner does not feel overloaded and can have a sense of achievement from mastering the simple
- Dialogues, because they have people interacting, can teach basic customs, without seeming to 'teach' basic customs
The Chinese dialogues here are divided into two levels: Level 2 is very basic Mandarin Chinese, and Level 1 is even more basic.
- Free Pinyin CourseThe free online pinyin course will help you learn pinyin interactively. The course consists of a series of short Chinese pronunciation tutorials where your instructor, Audrey Chen, leaves ample room for you to participate in guided drills and quizzes.
- Dialogues, Level 1Learn basic Chinese with very simple dialogues. The situations presented are common and contain language that will be immediately useful in communication. The media player will help you break down what is spoken, giving you a clearer understanding of the language you are hearing.
- Dialogues, Level 2These elementary dialogues get slightly longer than the first level and assume some knowledge of the highest frequency words. Texts continue to demonstrate Chinese customs as well as make use of common situations and topics that often are brought up by Chinese speakers.
- How to Learn to SpeakThe Internet is full of advice on how to learn to speak Chinese or any other foreign language. I have found the advice givers usually have this in common: they have gotten amazing results themselves - gained fluency in jaw-dropping numbers of months. Should you listen to these lightning learners or would you be better off listening to someone who draws much less admiration - someone like me who took many years to get to an advanced level? The answer may surprise you.