Traditional Form - Novice

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*Basic Language: A Hello-Goodbye Chinese Rap 0/0+
This text provides terms for greeting, leave-taking, thanking, and apologizing in the form of a rap.

*Basic Language: Asking and Answering Questions 0/0+
This text is a straightforward dialogue from a beginning Chinese textbook. It gives you a chance to recognize characters used in simple personal questions and their answers. Notice, too, how Mr. Wang and Ms. Li address each other.

*Basic Language: Characters I: Pictograms 0/0+
This lesson introduces pictogram characters.

*Basic Language: Characters II: Ideograms 0/0+
This lesson is about ideograms.

*Basic Language: Characters III: Ideogrammatic Compounds 0/0+
This lesson is about ideogrammatic compounds.

*Basic Language: Characters IV: Phono-semantic Compounds 0/0+
This lesson is about phonosemantic characters.

*Basic Language: Doing Math in Chinese 0/0+
Here are four simple math problems in Chinese.

*Basic Language: Numbers 0/0+
This text presents lists that contain information based on numbers (i.e., telephone numbers, prices, and birthdays).

*Basic Language: Pronouns - From the Notebook of a Student 0/0+
The jottings in a notebook illustrate the use of Chinese pronouns.

Ad for an Overseas Chinese Language School 0/0+
This text presents specific information about available summer language courses.

Ad Offering Professional Services 0/0+
This text is adapted from an ad for professional services in a U.S. west coast Chinese newspaper.

Ads: House for Rent 0/0+
This newspaper piece advertises a place for rent.

Ads: Movie Theater Advertisement 0/0+
This text is an advertisement (fictitious, but based on real ads) from a movie theater.

Business: Business Cards 0/0+
This text presents two name (business) cards and discusses the format and cultural importance of name cards in the Chinese society.

Business: Top 10 Fortune 500 American Companies 0/0+
More than 100 US-based multinational corporations have established joint ventures and enterprises in China. These Top-10 American companies from Fortune are featured in Chinese and are the topic of this lesson.

China: Chinese Regional Divisions 0/0+
This text presents the regional divisions of China.

China: Provinces and Provincial Capitals (1) 0/0+
This text introduces the learner to many of the provinces of China and their provincial capital cities.

China: Provinces and Provincial Capitals (2) 0/0+
This text introduces the learner to many of the provinces of China and their provincial capital cities.

Chinese Americans 0/0+
This lesson gives a brief history of Chinese Americans.

Education and Schools: Report Card 0/0+
This is a fictitious report card of a high school student that includes phrases linked to school life—names of subjects, etc. It also includes cultural information (grading systems).

Education and Schools: School Supplies Through the Years 0/0+
This is a blog post speculating on school supplies that children have taken to school through the centuries, beginning with brushes and ink and ending with notebook computers.

Education and Schools: University Names 0/0+
This text provides a short list of prominent universities in China. Most names can be identified by their city names.

Family Members 0/0+
This text is the caption to a family photograph that a Chinese pen-friend sends to you.

Film and Film Stars: Jackie Chan 0/0+
This text is about Jackie Chan, an actor who stars in Hong Kong action thrillers and has appeared in over 100 films. He is best known for his comic, stunt-based fighting style.

Films and Film Stars: 2007 Oscar Awards 0/0+
This text is adapted from an extract from PRC news sources about the 2007 Oscar Awards.

Food: Beverage Menu 0/0+
This menu presents the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in offered in a typical Chinese restaurant.

Food: Dumplings Menu 0/0+
This is a menu posted at a sidewalk vendor's stall.

Food: Great Wall Restaurant Menu 0/0+
This text is a menu from a Chinese restaurant.

Food: What Dumplings Shall We Eat 0/0+
This is the transcript of a conversation between two friends who are deciding what to eat for lunch.

Geography: Asian Country Capitals 0/0+
This text provides the names of selected Asian countries and their capitals.

Geography: National Capitals 0/0+
This text introduces the student to the names of countries and their capitals.

Geography: U.S. Baseball Teams: American League 0/0+
This text is a list of U.S. American League Baseball teams. Baseball is increasingly popular among Chinese. It also teaches the learners how the Chinese words for U.S. cities and states are constructed (generally by sound) and how the words for baseball team names are constructed (generally by meaning). BONUS: This lesson features an extra bonus activity, which will give students an opportunity to read about baseball team names in an extended format.

Geography: U.S. Baseball Teams: National League 0/0+
This text is a list of U.S. National League Baseball teams. Baseball is increasingly popular among Chinese. It also teaches the learners how the Chinese words for U.S. cities and states are constructed (generally by sound) and how the words for baseball team names are constructed (generally by meaning). BONUS: This lesson features an extra bonus activity, which will give students an opportunity to read about baseball team names in an extended format.

Health: Hospital Sign 0/0+
This is a directory to outpatient services in a hospital.

Health: P.E. Assessment Chart 0/0+
This is a form to report physical education marks.

Health: Visit to the Doctor 0/0+
This is the transcript of conversations between a person going to see a doctor in an outpatient setting, first with someone at the information desk of the clinic, and then with the doctor.

History: Chinese Dynasties in Historical Chronology, Part 1 0/0+
Chinese Dynasties in Historical Chronology, Part 1 introduces the names of the Chinese dynasties showing how they look written in characters. Dates are also supplied so that learners can begin to get a feel of when these dynasties occurred in history.

History: Chinese Dynasties in Historical Chronology, Part 2 0/0+
Chinese Dynasties in Historical Chronology, Part 2 continues introducing the names of the Chinese dynasties showing how they look written in characters. Dates are also supplied so that learners can begin to get a feel of when these dynasties occurred in history.

Holidays and Celebrations: Announcement 0/0+
This is an announcement posted on the bulletin board of a school.

Holidays and Celebrations: Chinese Lunar Holidays and Festivals 0/0+
This lesson provides a list of special days that are celebrated throughout the Chinese-speaking world--in the PRC, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and the U.S.

Holidays and Celebrations: Other Chinese Holidays 0/0+
China and Taiwan, like the United States, have holidays that honor other aspects of their societies, such as the armed forces, teachers, ancestors, women, children, and sweethearts. This Learning Object deals with holidays in China and Taiwan and whether or not they are celebrated in each place.

Names: Field Trip Roster 0/0+
This roster of male and female Chinese names was developed to include common given and family names, as well as frequently used Chinese characters. This lesson will help learners to understand and identify some typical Chinese names for males and females.

Names: Most Common Surnames in China 0/0+
The text discusses and gives characters for the most popular surnames in China.

Online: NetEase Homepage 0/0+
The homepage for NetEase includes terms useful for online reading, and names of categories often found in Chinese websites.

Returning a Purchase (Exchanging Goods) 0/0+
This text is based on a short dialogue between a customer and a clerk in a shoe store.

Seasons and Weather: Chicago Weather Forecast 0/0+
This text reports the weather in a format often found in a newspaper or on the Internet.

Signs: Establishments 0/0+
This text presents some common types of information displayed prominently on signs, windows, and store-fronts that can routinely be seen on the streets in Chinese-speaking areas.

Signs: Forbidden! 0/0+
This text focuses on common street signs that warn people of certain activities that are not allowed.

Signs: Hours of Operation 0/0+
This text lists a number of commercial and public institutions, and their hours of operation.

Signs: Public Places 0/0+
This text introduces the learner to things allowing public access that are often marked with signs.

Signs: Road Signs 0/0+
This text provides some signs seen on the road to and from Beijing Airport in China.

Signs: Warning! 0/0+
This text introduces the learner to common warnings that they will encounter on signs and other written notices.

Songs: Old MacDonald Had a Farm 0/0+
This is the Chinese version of the American children's song "Old McDonald Had a Farm".

Songs: Song Lyrics Dedicated to a Friend 0/0+
These are the lyrics to a children’s song dedicated to a friend. The audio recording has someone singing the song.

Sports and Recreation: NBA Draft Results 0/0+
This report on draft picks for the NBA includes some useful sports-related terminology.

Talking About Time 0/0+
This dialogue includes time expressions in Chinese, such as time on a clock, days of the week, and months. It also introduces selected Chinese cultural facts related to birthdays.

Travel: One-Day Trip Plan 0/0+
This is a flyer for a one-day excursion tour.

Travel: Tourist Sites in Beijing 0/0+
This text introduces names of popular tourist sites in Beijing.

Zodiac: Twelve Signs of the Zodiac 0/0+
This provides a list of the Chinese zodiac signs and their corresponding birth years.

Zodiac: Western Zodiac 0/0+
The text presents the Chinese names of the 12 signs of the Western zodiac as they would appear in a Chinese newspaper.

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