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Chinese for Tomorrow, Volume 1, Textbook

Chinese for Tomorrow, Volume 1, Textbook

A New Five-Skilled Approach
ISBN:
9780887275685
$69.99
Description

Chinese for Tomorrow, Volume 1 begins with an introduction to Chinese pronunciation, pinyin, and computer input, with plenty of practice exercises. Ten lessons present dialogues and narratives centered around the lives of college students studying Chinese. Each lesson includes practice exercises that cover all five language skills.

Textbook Features:

  • A comprehensive introduction to Chinese pronunciation, pinyin, and computer input.
  • A “Chinese Customs and Culture” section in each lesson, covering contemporary society, the arts, literature, travel, customs, and more.
  • Accelerated vocabulary sequencing, so students can quickly build their vocabulary. Each lesson introduces approximately 50-60 vocabulary words that students should learn to speak, understand, and recognize.
  • Coverage of handwriting for a core group of characters (five to eight per lesson).
  • Clear explanations of language usage for new words, phrases, and language structures.
  • Cross-references to the companion grammar book for more detailed explanations of Chinese grammar.
  • A diversity of exercise material covering listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including a special exercise section on Chinese computing in each lesson that strengthens students’ language skills through computer input.
  • Textbooks are available in simplified or traditional characters.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2007
Trim Size: 
8.5 x 11
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
470pp
Illustrations: 
B/W Photos and Illustrations
Table of Contents

Chinese for Tomorrow, Volume 1 (Traditional Character)

内容聯係表 Volume 1 Overview x
寫給教師的序言 Preface for Teachers xvii
寫給學生的序言 Preface for Students xxviii
每課結構 The Structure of Each Lesson xxix
附加材料 Accompanying Material xxx
致謝 Acknowledgments xxxi
語法術語縮寫 Abbreviations of Grammar Terms xxxiii
中文介紹 Introduction to the Chinese Language 1
拼音系統 The Chinese Pronunciation System 2
Section 1: Introduction to Mandarin Chinese Pronunciation 2
Section 2: Finals, Initials and Tones 5
Section 3: Compound Finals and Special Finals 15
漢字系統 The Chinese Writing System 28
電腦輸入中文 Computer Input in Chinese 31
第一課 Lesson 1 打招呼 Greetings
37
對話一 Dialogue 1: 你好 Hello 38
對話二 Dialogue 2: 我有中文名字了 I Have a Chinese Name Now 44
敘述 Narration 48
課文英文翻譯 English Translations of the Texts 49
學拼音 Learning Pinyin: Tone Sandhi 50
學漢字 Learning Chinese Characters: The Basic Form and Structure of Chinese Characters 52
聽說練習 Exercises for Listening and Speaking 53
電腦與漢字練習 Exercises for Computing and Learning Characters 55
課文練習 Exercises for Understanding the Texts 57
補充閱讀練習 Supplementary Reading Exercises 59

中國文化習俗 Chinese Customs and Culture:

中國人的名字 Chinese Names

61
第二課 Lesson 2 我和我家 My Family and I
63
對話一 Dialogue 1: 華裔學生 A Chinese-American Student 64
對話二 Dialogue 2: 我很想家 I Miss Home 69
敘述 Narration 74
課文英文翻譯 English Translations of the Texts 75
學拼音 Learning Pinyin: The Neutral Tone and the [Er] Sound 76
學漢字 Learning Chinese Characters: Basic Chinese Radicals 78
聽說練習 Exercises for Listening and Speaking 79
電腦與漢字練習 Exercises for Computing and Learning Characters 81
課文練習 Exercises for Understanding the Texts 83
補充閱讀練習 Supplementary Reading Exercises 85

中國文化習俗 Chinese Customs and Culture:

中國人的家庭稱呼 Chinese Family Relationships

88
第三課 Lesson 3 約時間 Making Appointments
91
對話一 Dialogue 1: 看電影 Going to a Movie 92
對話二 Dialogue 2: 我不去 I Am Not Going 98
敘述 Narration 104
課文英文翻譯 English Translations of the Texts 106
學拼音 Learning Pinyin: Syllable Separation Marks and Spelling Rules 107
學漢字 Learning Chinese Characters:  
(1) 漢字基本筆畫 Basic Strokes of Chinese Characters 110
(2) 漢字常用复合筆畫 Combination Strokes of Chinese Characters 111
(3) 筆順規則 Rules of Stroke Order 111
聽說練習 Exercises for Listening and Speaking 112
電腦與漢字練習 Exercises for Computing and Learning Characters 114
課文練習 Exercises for Understanding the Texts 118
補充閱讀練習 Supplementary Reading Exercises 120

中國文化習俗 Chinese Customs and Culture:

中國的少數民族 China’s Ethnic Minorities

122
第四課 Lesson 4 學中文 Learning Chinese 125
對話一 Dialogue 1: 怎麼學中文 How to Study Chinese 126
對話二 Dialogue 2: 問問題 Asking Questions 137
敘述 Narration 142
課文英文翻譯 English Translations of the Texts 144
聽說練習 Exercises for Listening and Speaking 146
電腦與漢字練習 Exercises for Computing and Learning Characters 148
課文練習 Exercises for Understanding the Texts 153
補充閱讀練習 Supplementary Reading Exercises 155

中國文化習俗 Chinese Customs and Culture:

讀書與科舉考試制度 Education and the Legacy of the Imperial Examination System

158
第五課 Lesson 5 去買東西 Going Shopping
161
對話一 Dialogue 1: 去超市 Going to the Supermarket 162
對話二 Dialogue 2: 退衣服 Returning Clothes 171
敘述 Narration 176
課文英文翻譯 English Translations of the Texts 178
聽說練習 Exercises for Listening and Speaking 180
電腦與漢字練習 Exercises for Computing and Learning Characters 182
課文練習 Exercises for Understanding the Texts 186
補充閱讀練習 Supplementary Reading Exercises 189

中國文化習俗 Chinese Customs and Culture:

中國的貨幣與購物 Chinese Money and Shopping

192
第六課 Lesson 6 乘車 Transportation
197
對話一 Dialogue 1: 怎麼去機場 How to Get to the Airport 198
對話二 Dialogue 2: 在中國乘車 Taking Public Transportation in China 206
敘述 Narration 215
課文英文翻譯 English Translations of the Texts 217
聽說練習 Exercises for Listening and Speaking 219
電腦與漢字練習 Exercises for Computing and Learning Characters 221
課文練習 Exercises for Understanding the Texts 225
補充閱讀練習 Supplementary Reading Exercises 228

中國文化習俗 Chinese Customs and Culture:

中國的交通 Transportation in China

231
第七課 Lesson 7 旅行 Travel
237
對話一 Dialogue 1: 去夏威夷過聖誕節 Going to Hawaii for Christmas 238
對話二 Dialogue 2: 改飛機票 Changing an Airplane Ticket 248
敘述 Narration 256
課文英文翻譯 English Translations of the Texts 259
聽說練習 Exercises for Listening and Speaking 260
電腦與漢字練習 Exercises for Computing and Learning Characters 263
課文練習 Exercises for Understanding the Texts 268
補充閱讀練習 Supplementary Reading Exercises 271

中國文化習俗 Chinese Customs and Culture:

欣賞京劇 Enjoying and Appreciating Beijing Opera

274
第八課 Lesson 8 郵局和銀行 At the Post Office and Bank
279
對話一 Dialogue 1: 寄東西 Sending Mail 280
對話二 Dialogue 2: 你會用現金機嗎? Do You Know How to Use the ATM? 289
閱讀 Reading 294
課文英文翻譯 English Translations of the Texts 297
聽說練習 Exercises for Listening and Speaking 299
電腦與漢字練習 Exercises for Computing and Learning Characters 302
課文練習 Exercises for Understanding the Texts 307
補充閱讀練習 Supplementary Reading Exercises 310

中國文化習俗 Chinese Customs and Culture:

中國的郵局、電話和互聯網 Postal, Phone and Internet Services in China

313
第九課 Lesson 9 生病 I Am Sick
317
對話一 Dialogue 1: 張小妹生病了 Xiaomei Zhang Is Sick 318
對話二 Dialogue 2: 我肚子疼 My Stomach Hurts 326
閱讀 Reading 332
課文英文翻譯 English Translations of the Texts 336
聽說練習 Exercises for Listening and Speaking 337
電腦與漢字練習 Exercises for Computing and Learning Characters 340
課文練習 Exercises for Understanding the Texts 345
補充閱讀練習 Supplementary Reading Exercises 348

中國文化習俗 Chinese Customs and Culture:

中醫和中藥 Traditional Chinese Medicine

351
第十課 Lesson 10 天氣 The Weather
355
對話一 Dialogue 1: 天氣預報准嗎? Is the Weather Forecast Accurate? 356
對話二 Dialogue 2: 我家鄉的氣候 The Climate in My Hometown 365
閱讀 Reading 370
課文英文翻譯 English Translations of the Texts 374
聽說練習 Exercises for Listening and Speaking 375
電腦與漢字練習 Exercises for Computing and Learning Characters 378
課文練習 Exercises for Understanding the Texts 383
補充閱讀練習 Supplementary Reading Exercises 387

中國文化習俗 Chinese Customs and Culture:

二十四節氣 The 24 Solar Terms

390
附件一 Appendix 1: Answer Keys to Pinyin Review Exercise II 395
附件二 Appendix 2: Setting Up Your Computer to Type in Chinese 398
附件三 Appendix 3: Texts in Simplified Form 399
總詞彙表 Glossary 411
語言應用註釋目錄 List of Notes on Language Usage 433
About the Series

Typing Chinese involves entering pinyin, the romanized sounds for Chinese syllables, and then selecting the correct character. Learning accurate pinyin is crucial to speaking Chinese well, and in Chinese for Tomorrow, pinyin keyboarding forms the basis of a new learning method that lets learners use the language in a practical and engaging way very early on in their studies. The authors’ extensive field testing at New York University and elsewhere indicates that students using the Computer Chinese method learn Chinese characters more quickly, have better retention, and write more effective compositions than students learning by traditional methods. The Computer Chinese method is additionally useful for students who will take the new AP Chinese test, which requires computer interaction.

Chinese for Tomorrow treats computer input and handwriting instruction as complementary modes. Computer input forms an integral part of the first year of study (Volume 1), while handwriting is introduced more gradually and is more intensive in the second year (Volume 2). Textbooks are available in traditional or simplified character editions, and grammar books contain both traditional and simplified characters on facing pages.

In total, this course is projected to cover two years of study through a textbook with practice exercises, a companion grammar book, and online supplements. Each textbook and its companion Grammar Book are designed to cover one year of study at the high school or college level, when used together as part of a comprehensive course covering listening, speaking, reading, writing, and computer input. Within the textbook, concise explanations of language points help students grasp and use the language immediately as they encounter new words and phrases. The grammar book uses detailed explanations to help students gain a deeper knowledge and analytical understanding of the grammatical, phonological, and pragmatic systems of the language. This two-pronged approach to language learning frees students to focus on the most natural, relevant and interesting language in the textbook, while providing a structured, step-by-step program for mastering grammar in the grammar book.

About the Chinese for Tomorrow Series

Chinese for Tomorrow is a two-year Mandarin language series that integrates computer input of Chinese as both a fifth language skill and a practical tool to make the process of learning Chinese more efficient, effective, and rewarding. The complete Chinese for Tomorrow course includes a student textbook with practice exercises, a companion grammar book, a teacher’s manual, and online supplements for each year of study. The series includes two volumes—one volume for each year of study. Volume 1 and Volume 2 are now available.