Mandarin class for adult
In BBC Beginner Mandarin class for adult, we make it super easy and simple for adults to learn Mandarin in effective and efficient way. We can summaries the learning process in just 5 key steps:
STEP 1 : LEARN HOW TO PRONOUNCE HAN YU PIN YIN
Han yu means Mandarin, while pin yin means spelling. There are mainly 3 components of han yu pin yin which are 6 vowels, 21 consonants and 5 tones. The table below shows the complete list of han yu pin yin
Does the table look intimidating for you? Yes it it is. That’s why we simplify it for our students. You just need to know how to pronounce all these 21 pinyin (refer to the table below)
STEP 2 : LEARN TO UNDERSTAND & MEMORISE VOCABULARY
Mandarin vocabulary is rather straight forward compared to English. For instance:
Computer 电脑 diàn nǎo
Handphone 电话 diàn huà，
Battery 电池 diàn chí
Movie 电影 diàn yǐng.
Do you notice that the first word is the same. 电 diàn = electric.
脑 nǎo = brain. 电脑 diàn nǎo literally direct translate is “electric brain”. It actually means computer.
话 huà = talk. 电话 diàn huà literally direct translate is “electric talk”. It actually means telephone.
池 chí = reservoir. 电池 diàn chí literally direct translate is “electric reservoir. It actually means battery
- 影 yǐng = shadow. 电影 diàn yǐng literally direct translate is “electric shadow”. It actually means movie
Take a guess. What is 电视机 diàn shì jī ? Tips: 视 shì = view ; 机 jī = machine
Your answer : _____________
You will have to learn the most important 1500 vocabularies for daily conversation in order to be able to speak fluent Mandarin.
STEP 3 : LEARN TO CONSTRUCT SENTENCE STRUCTURE
The formula to create sentence structure is either STPA or TSPA.
S = Subjects (who) come at the beginning of the sentence
T = Time (when) expressions come immediately before or after the subject.
P = Place (where) where an event happened, the place expression comes before the verb.
A = Action (what) verb + object, do something.
In this sentence, the sequence is Subject, Time and Action (STA)
Princess | yesterday | went to see the doctor.
gōng zhǔ | zuó tiān | qù kàn yī shēng
You can also use other sequence, which is Time, Subject and Action (TSA)
Yesterday | princess | went to see the doctor.
zuó tiān | gōng zhǔ | qù kàn yī shēng
Now, let us include Place to the same sentence. The place is hospital.
The sequence is Subject, Time, Place and Action (STPA)
Princess | yesterday | went to the hospital | see the doctor.
gōng zhǔ | zuó tiān | qù yī yuàn | kàn yī shēng
Next sentence is Subject, Time and Place (STP).
Please note that “go supermarket” is considered as Place, instead of Action. Action should be what Ali’s mother is doing at supermarket and there is no mention in this sentence. Hence, there is no Action in this sentence.
Ali’s mother | everyday | go to supermarket
ā lǐ de mā ma | měi tiān | qù chāo jí shì chǎng
STEP 4 : SPEAK MANDARIN EVERYDAY
After you have learned all the pronunciation, important vocabularies and sentence structure, many new learners still can’t speak fluent Mandarin. Why? It’s because he/she does not practice enough. The most important element to master Mandarin is to speak, speak & speak! Practice makes perfect! You have to speak Mandarin everyday and revise the lessons until you’re fully understood. It takes at least 100 hours of speaking Mandarin to be well-versed in Mandarin.
Here are top 9 ways to speak fluent Mandarin that we apply in BBB Beginner Mandarin class for adults
Choose the right material & course
(we designed our course materials in house and very suitable for beginners)
Read Chinese conversations aloud
(we will read the conversations aloud together in class)
Listen to Chinese audio and repeat
(There are exercises, song lyrics, dialogues, audio, video files for every page of BBC book)
Write down conversations in pin yin
(you have to write and take note in class)
Practice with Chinese songs
(we will sing Chinese songs together)
Get a language tutor
(you will have 2 tutors, one is your offline tutor and also online tutor)
Understand & memorise the vocabulary
(we have effective way to help you understand the vocabulary)
Don’t be shy to speak with anyone
(every student has to do Mandarin presentation/dialogue in class)
- Speak Mandarin everyday
(we will speak Mandarin in class and in whatsapp group)
STEP 5 : LEARN MANDARIN CHARACTERS
We don’t encourage Beginner students to learn Chinese characters at the beginning as it may not be easy for you. Most people agree that Chinese characters is the hardest language to learn. Therefore, BBC Beginner Mandarin class for adult only focus on conversational Mandarin. After you can speak Mandarin fluently, you can proceed to learn Mandarin characters