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Learning to speak Chinese requires many hours of practicethere's just no way around it!
But by using this one-of-a-kind practice guide, together with whatever Chinese language-learning book or program you're using, you can dramatically improve your ability to speak and comprehend Mandarin Chinese.
This book presents a wealth of tested and proven practice activitiesincluding approximately 16 hours of audio recordings and over 200 pages of drills and exercisesto help you polish your spoken Chinese to a solid intermediate level. It can be used successfully with any intermediate-level Chinese language learning book, such as Intermediate Spoken Chinese, and enables you to easily move from beginning to intermediate level proficiency in the language.
Intermediate Spoken Chinese Practice Essentials includes hundreds of activities that have been carefully designed to perfect and reinforce each aspect of your Chinese speaking and comprehension ability:
Vocabulary and grammar summaries.
Transformation and response drills.
Role play and listening comprehension exercises.
The accompanying MP3 CDROM contains:
16 hours of audio by native Mandarin speakers.
Printable practice pages.
Printable exercises and activities.
Together with or after this book, you can use Intermediate Written Chinese and Intermediate Written Chinese Practice Essentials if you want to learn Chinese reading and writing. It introduces the highest-frequency characters and words in a systematic way.
About the Series Respected Chinese language expert Dr. Cornelius Kubler, who has taught diplomats, business people and students, presents a learning system that uses separate but integrated "tracks" to help you efficiently master the basics of spoken and written Chinese. The materials in the Basic Chinese series allow you to move from complete beginner level to intermediate fluency.
Cornelius C. Kubler is Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies at Williams College, where he teaches Chinese and for many years chaired the Department of Asian Studies. He was formerly Chinese Language Training Supervisor and Chair of the Department of Asian and African Languages at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, where he trained American diplomats in Chinese and other languages, and he served for six years as Principal of the American Institute in Taiwan Chinese Language & Area Studies School. Kubler, who has directed intensive Chinese language training programs in the U.S., mainland China, and Taiwan, has been active in Chinese language test development and has authored or coauthored 13 books and over 50 articles on Chinese language pedagogy and linguistics. He is the author of the widely acclaimed Basic Chinese series, including Basic Spoken Chinese; Basic Spoken Chinese Practice Essentials; Basic Written Chinese; Basic Written Chinese Practice Essentials; Intermediate Spoken Chinese; Intermediate Spoken Chinese Practice Essentials; Intermediate Written Chinese (forthcoming) and Intermediate Written Chinese Practice Essentials (forthcoming).
Yang Wang, native to Beijing, is a Lecturer in Chinese at Brown University, where she teaches all levels of modern Chinese language. Before joining the Brown faculty, she taught Chinese at The Ohio State University and Williams College. She also taught for several years at the Middlebury College Summer Chinese School. Wang is interested in the implications of pragmatics in Chinese pedagogical practice, teaching materials development, and the integration of technology into the curriculum.