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As you all know, listening is very important when learning a language. Good listening habits help with word recognition and pronunciation skills for speaking Chinese.
I have been teaching Chinese for 10 years. During that time, I found that just listening to the MP3s that come with text books is not enough to help you become a fluent Chinese speaker. Some students understand that, and they try to watch news or TV shows. This does help, but not in the most efficient way, because there are still so many words and phrases you don't know. It takes a long time to learn the structure of the language, the vocabulary, phrases and expressions without a native speaker's help. Again, it must be said, without good listening you cannot speak Chinese very well!
That's why I created these 10 real stories. Each story will play three times. The first time the story is only in Chinese. During the first play, you will listen, roughly know the meaning and pay attention to the parts you don't know. The second play is with Pinyin and Chinese character subtitles, so you will find some words which you know, but did not recognize during the first play. The third play is with Pinyin, Chinese characters and English subtitles. In this third play, you will learn some new words you don't know.
Trust me, after studying these 10 stories, you will have taken a solid step on your way to fluency. In addition, the selected stories will not only help you learn Chinese, but to understand and know the culture of China as well.
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|Section 1: Work as a panda babysitter|
Mei Yan is a panda babysitter for the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Working with pandas is not easy. Mei Yan has to get up at six o'clock in the morning to feed nine baby pandas and also take five of them to their mothers.
|Section 2: A Russian stewardess working in China|
This is a story of a Russian girl, Katya, who works as a stewardess in China. You will get to know about life in China as a foreign worker, and how Russian people view Putin at this time.
|Section 3: An old chinese man|
There is an old Chinese man called Liu Fuzhong. He is 72 years old and a kung fu master. He will tell you about his life and his dream of being an immortal.
|Section 4: Chinese Obama speaks 'fake' English|
Xiao Jiguo, a very common Chinese security guard, has become very famous because he looks like the American President, Barack Obama. Xiao can't speak English at all, but he invented “Fake English” all by himself.
|Section 5: Chinese Ghost Festival|
July 15th on the lunar calendar is the date of the Chinese Ghost Festival. Chinese people perform a sacrifice. They draw a circle on the ground, then burn a special yellow paper. People believe their dead relatives could use this paper as money in another world.
|Section 6: Go to school|
You will see children go by a cliff, climb a ladder and take two hours to get to school. People are shocked when they see the experience of kids going to school in Sichuang. You will find it hard to believe that there are still people living with these conditions. But, there are many children living in the mountain areas of China that must live like this.
|Section 7: Handmade noodles|
In Chongqing, handmade noodles by Xu Zhonghai are very famous. Every weekend, people queue up to buy the noodles from many places nearby. Sometimes it can take up to two hours to queue. You will learn how to make these noodles in the video.
|Section 8: Harbin, the city of ice|
Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province. Ten million people live in the Ice City. The average temperature of the Ice City in January is -15 °C to -30 °C (5°F to -22°F). The lowest temperature is -52.3 °C(-62.14 °F).
|Section 9: Transportation during the Spring Festival|
Chinese people have the tradition of going back to their home towns during the Spring Festival. Because so many people take the journey home, there are difficulties in getting transportation. In 2015, there were 3.7 billion journeys during the Spring Festival. This is equal to all the populations of Africa, Europe, America and Oceania.
|Section 10: Where is the time going|
Do you still remember what you looked like when you were a child? How much has your appearance changed since that time? Let's look at these funny comparison pictures. You might find your own story here.
Hi, I am John Wang. I have been teaching Chinese online and offline since 2005.
When I started teaching, I taught at a local university and many private language schools. I love the language and culture so much that I decided to start my own Mandarin school in 2010.
I have to say that most Mandarin schools are still using the old traditional Chinese methods of teaching foreigners. The old methods are still being used in Chinese primary schools and even kindergartens. This is obviously not correct. As adults, we need to learn in an adult way. We need logical explanations and professional guidance.
Getting the interest of the student is the best way to start teaching Mandarin. Let’s start learning Mandarin the way I have found is best and which I know that works. Believe me, if you would like to learn Chinese in an easy and interesting way, I am here waiting for you.