Modern Chinese Textbook 现代中文课本

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Modern Chinese Textbook 现代中文课本

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Modern Chinese is a beginner Chinese language textbook designed for college students and adult learners with no previous exposure to Chinese.This unique program adopts a story-based approach that follows the lives of six college students whose multi-cultural backgrounds reflect today's globalized world. The themes are designed to provide students with the vocabulary and context to engage and communicate in real life conversations quickly. Each lesson comes with clear and practical grammar instructions presented in an accessible format.

Each textbook includes complimentary access to lesson audios, lesson animations and additional resources such as an interactive pinyin table which was specially designed for the second edition. Other new features in the second edition are the introduction of 儿话 in the lessons and alternative ways to communicate in the vocabulary section.

> Download the Modern Chinese sampler. The sampler contains the scope and sequence for the entire 2-volume series and 4 sample lessons (Volume 1, Unit 4: Food and Volume 2, Unit 1: Weather)

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Product Details


Item Code: BK000800M
ISBN Code: 978-1-60603-571-9
Publisher: Better Chinese 
School Grade: College
Level: Beginner


Item Code: BK000803M
ISBN Code: 978-1-60603-578-8
Publisher: Better Chinese
School Grade: College
Level: Beginner


Item Code: BK000706M
ISBN Code: 978-1-60603-487-3
Publisher: Better Chinese
School Grade: College
Level: Intermediate



Item Code: BK000709
ISBN Code: 978-1-60603-490-3
Publisher: Better Chinese
School Grade: College
Level: Intermediate



Modern Chinese Textbook 1A includes the following lessons:

Unit 1 : Me 我
- Lesson 1: Meeting People 你好!
- Lesson 2: Age and Nationality 你多大?你是哪国人?

Unit 2 : Family 家
- Lesson 1: Family and Pets家人和宠物
- Lesson 2: Job and Language 工作和语言

Unit 3 : Time 时
- Lesson 1: Days of the Week and Time 星期几?
- Lesson 2: Happy Birthday! 生日快乐!

Unit 4 : Food 吃
- Lesson 1: Ordering Food 点菜
- Lesson 2: How Does it Taste? 味道怎么样?

Unit 5 : Daily Lives 住
- Lesson 1: Campus Life 校园生活
- Lesson 2: Where is it? 在哪里?

Unit 6 : Shopping 买
- Lesson 1: Shopping 买东西
- Lesson 2: Cash or Credit Card? 付现金还是刷卡?

Unit 7 : Travel 行
- Lesson 1: Travel Plans 放假的计划
- Lesson 2: To the Airport 去机场

Unit 8 : Academics 学
- Lesson 1: Taking Classes 选课
- Lesson 2: In Class上课的时候


Modern Chinese Textbook 1B includes the following themes:

Unit 9 衣 Fashion
Lesson 1: 买衣服 Shopping for Clothes
Lesson 2: 你喜欢什么颜色?What Colors Do You Like?

Unit 10 娱 Hobbies & Activities
Lesson 1: 星期六的活动 Plans for Saturday
Lesson 2: 在音乐会 At a Concert

Unit 11 情 Relationships & People
Lesson 1: 约会 A Date
Lesson 2: 分手 A Breakup

Unit 12 医 Medicine
Lesson 1: 生病了 Getting Sick
Lesson 2: 看病 At the Doctor’s

Unit 13 商 Business
Lesson 1: 打工 Part-Time Job
Lesson 2: 去中国实习 Internship in China

Unit 14 节 Festivals
Lesson 1: 新年快乐!Happy Chinese New Year!
Lesson 2: 中国和西方节日 Chinese and Western Holidays

Unit 15 礼 Chinese Ways
Lesson 1: 有礼貌 Being Respectful
Lesson 2: 了解中国文化 Understanding Chinese Culture

Unit 16 @ Technology & Modern China
Lesson 1: 线上聊天 Chatting Online
Lesson 2: 一路顺风! Have a Safe Trip!



Modern Chinese Textbook 2A includes the following lessons:

Unit 1 天 Weather
Lesson 1: 天气 Weather
Lesson 2: 旅游和气候 Travel and Climate

Unit 2 学 Academics
Lesson 1: 申请留学 Applying to Study Abroad
Lesson 2: 加入社团 Joining a Student Club

Unit 3 住 Housing
Lesson 1: 住校与租房 Living On-Campus vs. Off-Campus
Lesson 2: 找公寓 Apartment Hunting

Unit 4 买 Shopping
Lesson 1: 网上购物 Shopping Online
Lesson 2: 退货 Returning Merchandise

Unit 5 娱 Hobbies
Lesson 1: 篮球比赛 At a Basketball Game
Lesson 2: 采访 An Interview

Unit 6 食 Cuisine
Lesson 1: 学做中国菜 Learning Chinese Cooking
Lesson 2: 逛超市 Going to the Supermarket

Unit 7 祸 Emergencies
Lesson 1: 交通意外 A Traffic Accident
Lesson 2: 自然灾难 Natural Disasters

Unit 8 行 Travel
Lesson 1: 在机场 At the Airport
Lesson 2: 中国游 Traveling in China



Modern Chinese Textbook 2B includes the following lessons:

Unit 9 艺 Arts
Lesson 1: 花木兰 Hua Mulan
Lesson 2: 民间艺术 Folk Arts

Unit 10 @ Technology & Modern China
Lesson 1: 科技发展 Developments in Science and Technology
Lesson 2: 新能源车 New Energy Cars

Unit 11 商 Business
Lesson 1: 开账户 Opening a Bank Account
Lesson 2: 投资与理财 Investing and Financial Management

Unit 12 健 Health
Lesson 1: 健康生活习惯 Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle
Lesson 2: 健身与饮食 Exercise and Diet

Unit 13 史 History
Lesson 1: 秦始皇 Emperor Qin Shihuang
Lesson 2: 逛孔庙 Going to the Confucian Temple

Unit 14 绿 Environment
Lesson 1: 旧货市场 Flea Market
Lesson 2: 绿色校园 A Green Campus

Unit 15 社 Society
Lesson 1: 募捐活动 Fund-raising Event
Lesson 2: 山区支教 Bringing Education to the Mountains

Unit 16 梦 Dreams
Lesson 1: 职业理想 Ideal Profession
Lesson 2: 美梦成真 Dreams Come True



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