One of the most popular series from Assimil for Mandarin learners is called Chinese with Ease. These series consist of a total of lessons and they are divided into two volumes. The first volume includes a total of 49 lessons and it follows passive phase of this course. The second volume includes additional 56 lessons and they follow active phase. In each lesson of Assimil you will be provided with a dialogue in Chinese language, which will also have translation to English language on the right side of the page. At the end of the page there are also some notes provided, which will explain grammar and other concepts that are being used in these conversations.
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I know, a strange place to start learning Chinese. This book was hugely popular and very common among Europeans learning Chinese. This book was originally written in French so, whilst very good, there will be some translation errors throughout. Will these small errors get in the way of your Chinese language learning? Honestly, probably not. This is the natural process through which you learned your own language.
With lively dialogues, simple notes, and practical exercises, the Assimil method will bring you to a level where you can converse comfortably.
Assimil was founded in ! The lessons are absorbable. They are really small, compact and Assimil includes a lot of explanation, not just for each dialogue, but even for the practice exams. The basic sounds are included with the CD or mp3 version. Get whatever one makes sense to you but drill those sounds from the beginning. The chinglish explanations are excellent. They restructure the sentences in the format that Chinese use so you can get to grips with their sentence structures.
That helps me to see how Chinese express themselves. This promise is a bit overblown, you can get quite good at Chinese. Fluent is just a few months is pretty far-fetched. Read this article to find out why.
But of course, the progress you make, all depends on the effort you put in. That might make your brain explode though. If you want to compare the Assimil language learning method with Living Language Chinese, check out this video where I review it. Want more book reviews from me?
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This commission comes at no additional cost to you. I recommend them because they are helpful and useful. Your email address will not be published. Passive phase. Active phase. Once you are halfway through the course you will know enough to go onto the active phase As you learn each new lesson you will also review an earlier one, following their instructions, and translate the dialogue from English to Chinese.
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Chinese With Ease Vol. 1 - Assimil
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Recordings audio CDs or mp3 CD of all the dialogues and comprehension exercises are read by native speakers. Audio course volume I - A1—A2. Audio course volume II - B1—B2. Also separately available for later purchase! Using this book you will learn the fundamentals of Chinese writing - via the study of the most common characters of modern Chinese. By explaining their composition strok-by-stroke, this book will teach you to write beautyful Chinese characters. This conversation guide makes you discover keywords, basic grammar, useful sentences and common idiomatic expressions.