By the end of this course, you will know enough to “get by” in Mandarin: you will be able to cope with the most common everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions, and you will be able to understand people when they speak to you about the situations covered. You can expect to be understanding more of what people say, and growing in your confidence to respond appropriately. This course is for complete beginners, with no previous knowledge of the language required.
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Unit 1 - Greetings - You will be able to greet people in Mandarin, give your name and ask how people are.
Unit 2 - Professions - You will be able to ask and answer questions about your job in Mandarin; you will also be able to ask about and give your phone number.
Unit 3 - Nationalities and languages - You will be able to say where you come from in Mandarin and give the language you speak; you will also be able to ask other people about these subjects.
Unit 4 - Family - You will be able to talk about the people in your family (or, if you prefer, other people’s families) and say how old they are.
Unit 5 - Time and transport - You will be able to tell the time and give days and months in Mandarin; you will also be able to ask for a ticket on public transport.
Unit 6 - Freetime activities and weather - You will be able to say what you like or don’t like, and also talk about your freetime activities in Mandarin; you will also be able to say what the weather is like at the moment or at particular times of the year.
Unit 7 - Shopping for clothes - You will be able to ask about something in a shop in Mandarin, understand and talk about prices, and also describe clothes.
Unit 8 - Shopping for food - You will be able to talk about different meals, also food and drink; you will know what to say to buy these things from a shop using Mandarin.
Unit 9 - Accommodation - You will be able to book accommodation and check in using Mandarin, also know how to ask questions and talk about simple problems.
Unit 10 - Restaurants - You will be able to understand the main items on a menu and order a meal in a restaurant.
Unit 11 - Directions - You will be able to talk about where objects are in relation to one another and ask for directions to different places in Mandarin.
Unit 12 - House and home - You will be able to describe your home in Mandarin and say where in the house and in particular rooms things are to be found.
Unit 13 - Talking about people - You will be able to describe people, in terms of physical appearance and character.
Unit 14 - Free time - You will be able to talk about common free-time activities in Mandarin, and describe their appeal.
Unit 15 - Places in the world - You will be able to talk about cities and countries and where they are in relation to one another; you will also be able to describe how often you do something.
Unit 16 - Sickness and health - You will be able to say how you feel physically and talk about common medical conditions using Mandarin.
Unit 17 - At the supermarket - You will be able to describe what you are want to buy at the supermarket; also how to say that you are right or wrong, hot or cold, hungry or thirsty.
Unit 18 - At the chemist’s - You will be able to talk about things you need at the chemist’s in Mandarin, and both ask for and give reasons for wanting something.
Unit 19 - The big event - You will be able to talk about events and when they take place during the day.
Unit 20 - At the cinema - You will be able to describe a film in Mandarin and relate a simple story.
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