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Includes Chinese Grammar




("This course is designed for learners with no background in Chinese. It introduces basic structures of the Mandarin Chinese language with emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will gain these four skills in standard Mandarin Chinese, attaining approximately the Novice-High level on the ACTFL-ETS (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency scale. Topics of conversation include basic greetings, names, family, work, study, and hobbies.")




("Welcome to the Chinese wikibook, a free Chinese textbook on the Standard Mandarin dialect. This page links to lessons using simplified characters (used in mainland China, Singapore and Malaysia). There is also a Traditional Character Version available (used in Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong).")




Author(s):  Xuehua Xiang

Publication Type:  Online (Website)

Year:  2016

Learn Online:  https://sites.google.com/site/calperfilms

("Speech Acts in Films is a site where students of Mandarin Chinese learn to examine, understand, and practice social language through the medium of film. The primary audience of the materials are low-advanced and advanced learners who completed approximately two years of language instruction. The materials have been developed for blended-learning environments, but can also be used for self-study, or as supplemental materials in traditional instructional settings.

Speech acts are typically considered to be utterances with a performative function in a communicative situation. Which means a person utters something in order to do something or in order to have an effect on somebody. Common speech acts include asking, apologizing, explaining, discussing, greeting, ordering, persuading and many more. Proficiency in another language includes knowledge of speech acts.

In the materials on this site, we developed exercises, activities, explanations and worksheet for learners to practice speech acts through the content of four rich and entertaining Chinese films. Among other objectives, students will learn how to:

  • write a film synopsis
  • write a depiction in poetic style
  • compare and contrast
  • talk about differences and change-of-states
  • greet casually
  • request help and respond to requests for help
  • apologize and receive apology
  • persuade someone")





Author(s):  Xuehua Xiang

Publication Type:  Online (Website)

Year:  2016

Learn Online:  https://sites.google.com/site/calperadverbs/

Grammar in Context are online materials for high-intermediate, low-advanced and advanced learners of Mandarin Chinese.
Grammar in Context includes Learn—Practice—Self-check and Vocabulary Support for 16 commonly used particles in Mandarin Chinese. The units can be used in blended learning environments, for self-study, and traditional classroom settings.




("CALPERLEX is a series of worksheets that teachers can use in their course to explore language through corpus analysis. Teachers can find single lexical items or contrasting lexical pairs or routine expressions presented in form of concordance lines.

The "problem set" can be printed out and used in the classroom. They can also be used by individual learners for self-study.")





Exercises in Reading Chinese  (University of Kansas)

("This is a collection of exercises created to help students learn Chinese. The students read a passage and then answer questions regarding what they read.")



Tone Perfect: Multimodal Database for Mandarin Chinese


"Michigan State's Tone Perfect is an award-winning database that catalogs nearly 10,000 audio files of "monosyllabic sounds in Mandarin Chinese." As a "tonal language," in Mandarin Chinese the pronunciation of words is extremely important. 


For instance, the site gives the example of "ma," a word that means "mother," "hemp," "horse," or "scold," depending on one's tonal inflection. 


The four audio recordings on the Home page demonstrate this difference and demonstrate to users how the site's audio clips operate. The Home page also embeds two one-minute introductory videos that welcome visitors to the collection. The collection itself is available on the Browse page. Audio is recorded by six native Mandarin speakers, and audio recordings are tagged accordingly (e.g., FV1 represents "Female Voice 1" and MV2 represents "Male Voice 2").  


Tone Perfect was created by Catherine Ryu of Michigan State University's Department of Linguistics and Languages. 


To view similar projects, and undertakings that have relied on Ryu's data, check out the Related Projects page."


I am most grateful to the Internet Scout Report -- U WISCONSIN MADISON (5/7/2021) for showcasing the above resource.




Ting Yi Ting:Listening Makes Perfect  (University of Kansas)

("The acquisition of lexical tone is often cited by Anglophone learners of Mandarin Chinese as the most daunting hurdle in learning the spoken language.  Indeed, the challenges of lexical tones, in addition to the opaque writing system, contribute significantly to the classification of Mandarin Chinese as one of the most difficult for English speakers to learn.  

In addition to tones, English speakers also struggle with specific phonemic distinctions that are not present in English. 

The situation is complicated by the use of the Hanyu Pinyin system of Romanization, which was originally designed to promulgate standardized pronunciation among native speakers, not for use in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. 

Some of the spelling conventions of Hanyu Pinyin, particularly the spelling of rimes, have been shown to cause confusion for learners and even to negatively impact pronunciation.  

When mastered, Hanyu Pinyin is a highly useful tool that enables learners to look up new words in a bilingual dictionary, to type Chinese characters, and to read and pronounce the names of unfamiliar people and places. 

However, because instruction in Pinyin is not communicative in nature, and extensive work would use valuable class time, it is usually given scant attention as a learning tool.   Ting Yi Ting (Listening Makes Perfect) is an online guide that enables learners to hear and identify phonemic categories in Mandarin, including lexical tones, in a variety of phonetic contexts, and to associate those phonemes with correct Pinyin orthography. 

The project presents a new approach that is specifically geared toward native speakers of English and includes extensive audio examples and computer-graded comprehension checks.")




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