Learn Mandarin 1
is designed as a textbook and self-
learning material at the beginner level. It is suitable for
non-native speakers, especially college students, as well
as adult learners.
This book begins with two introductory lessons on Hanyu
Pinyin (Chinese phonetics) and Chinese characters, which
serve to equip students with basic, useful knowledge
of the Chinese language. These are followed by eight
main lessons that cover topics such as greetings, social
expressions, festive good wishes, introducing self and
family members, dates and time, and food and drinks. The
lessons are systematically arranged to develop the basic
language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Each lesson consists of two reading texts (dialogue or short
paragraph) related to daily life contexts, lists of new words,
notes on grammar and Chinese culture, as well as oral and
written exercises such as role-play, daily conversations and
simple grammar practices to reinforce learning.
In addition to these features, the book is complete with rich
appendices that contain useful information for all types of
users - Hanyu Pinyin chart, local foods, useful phrases and
expressions, vocabulary index, just to name a few.
Learn Mandarin 1
Lai Siew Yoon
Tan Hua An
Loi Hing Kee
Chong Yee Shan
Tay Yang Lian
Wong Siaw Wuei
Low Suk Nie
Ong Yeoh Tham
Pang Heng See
A structured and progressive
approach that will develop learners’
four language skills and finally
equip them to engage effectively in
daily communication using simple
sentences and common expressions.
With the beginner learners in mind, the language used in
the lessons is kept simple and contains short sentences
that are commonly used for daily communication.
材教 大 学
Universiti Kuala Lumpur