I am excited to announce to you that here comes the fastest class for acquiring spoken Chinese. The quickest way of acquiring spoken language is the way we learned a language during our childhood: from mouth to mouth, without any written script. While without an explaining medium language, a baby has to figure out the meaning of the sentences from recurring situations, we, as adult learners, can even further enhance the speed by minimal, explaining medium language (here is English). This course is the first sequel of a four-course "College Spoken Chinese Series: The quickest way of learning conversational Chinese". Each course takes you only 4 hours (30-40 minutes each day for the two dialogues of each lesson, you can finish the course in a week), the four courses will allow you to master spoken Chinese included in two year's college Chinese curriculum (without the written character requirement of course) in just 16 hours. You will be able to conduct conversation fluently in all realms of daily life, including greeting, family, time, hobbies, visit friends, make appointment, study Chinese, school life, go shopping, weather, traffic, dining, library, renting apartment, book air ticket, traveling, etc. Not just random teaching of some key sentences in a situation, but full-body real-life conversation that encompasses exactly two year's college Chinese curriculum (based on the same range of vocabulary, grammar and situation dialogues)! This sequence can be for any new-learners of Chinese, but don't mistake it for just new learners! It is immeasurable valuable for those students who have already studied Chinese for years but need to make his pronunciation as accurate, his speech as fluent as native speakers through the teacher's all-talking head videos emphasizing the mouth shape of pronunciation, the correct tone and sentence cadence that you cannot acquire otherwise.
Each dialogue is taught in three lectures. The first lecture will teach you the meaning of each phrase and sentence in the dialogue with the help of medium language---English, but the main emphasis is to lead you speak after me through the whole dialogue as soon as you understand them. During this lecture, you may glance at the printed out PDF of the text (attached in the resource section in the first lecture of each dialogue) with its pinyin text for identifying the sound in my talk-head pronunciation, particularly students who have never studied pinyin and not familiar with Chinese pronunciation. In the second lecture, I will lead you to speak through the text twice and practice the dialogue with you in a new, invented context where we act as two sides speaking the dialogue. The third lecture is an acting video in which you can review your dialogue and speak after me again. I didn't put in pinyin subtitles in the talking head videos, because I think it will distract you from recalling the full sentence you speak after me, instead, you will just spell out the pinyin one by one mechanically, without being able to duplicate the full sentence language out of your memory when you speak after me. After the first lecture, you should not even look at the PDF while speaking after me, you should speak after me like a child learning his first language---from mouth to mouth, observing the mouth shape in pronunciation, imitate the pronunciation and tones as closely as possible, draw from memory the whole sentence structure after you heard it, on the spot. That is how you can maximize the speed of learn spoken language.
You don't need to have any prerequisite for taking this course. The spoken Chinese starts from the most basic and quickly reaches near-intermediate level. There is pinyin introduction at the beginning to ensure those students who have never had pinyin study to learn it quickly, and identify the sounds in my later lessons and pronounce properly. However, for these students, it is highly recommended that you would acquire my "College Mandarin Chinese on Your Own Beginning Level" to have its introduction section with its much more detailed and plenty practice of pinyin to be familiar with Chinese sounds, as they are the basis of pronouncing Chinese sounds accurately.
You will see after four hours, (over 30 lectures), you are able to speak, with near native-speaker accuracy and fluency some major situational dialogues, the content of which a college student has to learn in one full semester (without the written requirement), in five months. For new learners of Chinese, this course will drastically increase your ability of spoken Chinese in a very short period of time, for older learners of Chinese, even those who have studied Chinese for years, it is also very valuable in cultivating your spoken Chinese to a native speaker accuracy and fluency. So take it now!
This lecture will introduce the course goal, methodology and study guide of this course
This lecture will teach pinyin simple finals, tones and there is tongue twister to practice tones.
This lecture will teach compound finals, initials and there is a poem for practicing learned pinyin. In the resource section, you will also find an article introducing special spelling rules to complete the teaching of pinyin.
This lecture will teach dialogue 1 part 1, I will explain the text while lead you to speak through the dialogue after me at least twice. Try to imitate my tones and pronunciation, and mouth shapes in pronouncing sounds as closely as possible. Try to recall the full sentence in your memory when you speak each sentence after me. For students who haven't learned pinyin before and not quite familiar with Chinese sounds yet, you will print out the PDF of the text (with pinyin, English meaning; you don't have to pay attention to the Chinese character text unless you are interested in it), and glance at it in the first time of speaking after me to ensure speaking accuracy. But always try to recall the full sentence out of memory when you speak after me---as soon as you are sure of the pinyin sounds.
This lecture practices dialogue 1. I will lead you to speak after me the full dialogue twice sentence by sentence, try to imitate my tones and pronunciation as closely as possible by observing closely how I pronounce each sound in my mouth. Try not to look at any written text, but recall each full sentence out of your memory with correct tones, pronunciation and sentence cadence. This helps you to be fluent in future speaking. Then I will give you a new context based on the same situation, you will complete the other side of the dialogue while I give one side of the dialogue.
Follow the same instruction as the corresponding lecture in the previous dialogue.
I am an award-winning professor of Chinese, director of "Hong Zeng's Chinese Language and Culture". I have taught Mandarin Chinese at all levels in prestigious American colleges altogether for 16 years. I have taught nine years as a tenure-track professor of Chinese at Carleton College, ranked No. 1 in undergraduate teaching in all liberal arts colleges in America, and have directed the Chinese program for two years at Hamline University (the first university in Minnesota). In both my second year coming to Carleton and Hamline, I more than doubled their Beginning Chinese Class enrollment. I have also taught at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I have two PhDs, one in Chinese and comparative literature from UNC, Chapel Hill, the other in second language education, literary translation and English literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. I have published five books in America (including two from Macmillan) on Chinese and comparative literature, film study, language study and language philosophy that are well-endorsed by world-renowned experts and book review journals in my field. I have earned 30000 dollars large grant from Asian Network in Chinese study.