Chinese lessons for Travelers/ Es fácil hablar en chino/ 汉语口语真简单

<English and Spanish texts>

Chinese language is famous for its complicated writing systems. On the contrary, spoken Chinese is one of the easiest languages in the world. Let me tell you why!

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There are no articles, no masculine or feminine nor plural forms for nouns. If you think about it, “3 apple” vs. “3 apples”: just the number + noun can perfectly represent how many of the things there are even if there’s no “s” at the end.

For verbs there’s no complicated time tenses, just the date/ time + verb.  If the words that indicate time already provide clues about when the action is done, why do we need to change/ conjugate the verbs? No auxiliary verb and no difference between subject and object either, it’s the same as other nouns!

Every word has the length of just one syllable, ending with a vowel. I have competed counting numbers from 1 to 10 with people speaking different languages. This is why I have always won because the rhythm and the speed of the language gave me the advantage that I don’t need to take time forming my mouth to make the sounds of consonant.

Chinese is also a descriptive language, meaning we don’t often invent new words but combine existing ones to generate the new meaning. For example, the word “computer” is “electric brain/电脑”. Learning vocabulary this way would be much faster as associations are clearly stated as if you can get clues from prefixes, roots and suffixes all the time.

Hopeful you can imagine the efficiency of the Chinese language by now. As I am starting to teach Chinese in the Official School of Languages in Spain, let me introduce you to my course, which will also be available online as from this summer! For course information in Spanish, see below!

My course is designed for people who would like to communicate orally in Chinese for touristic purposes and lay a good foundation for future learning. If you’re interested, below is the content of the school leaflet. Go sign up at the school if you’re nearby or we can always have lessons online anytime anywhere! Just go to the contact page and write me a message to set up an appointment!

Online private lessons are available via Skype.
Group lessons are possible as well up to 3 people, with just 10 euro per person as I am maintaining my hourly fee of 30 euro.  Payment can be done via PayPal. No hidden agenda!

In case you might be wondering why learn from Alice. Well, I am a multi-language learner. Having lived in four different countries I fully understand the pain and hassle being new to a language and a certain culture. I know perfectly how to leave out the unnecessary stuff and focus on the effective communication from the start. I know people wish for a quick and painless solution. And usually people would say there is no shortcut but I would like to proudly present my solution for your next trip to a Chinese speaking country! It all started one day I promised to teach my friends some useful phrases as they were taking a trip to China. And as I put together some basic grammar and phonetic notes, it turned out to be a quick and easy reference system. You don’t have to believe me but you’re free to give it a try!

“Spoken Chinese Made Easy”

Target students:

  • who are fascinated by the Chinese culture
  • who are interested in learning Chinese language but not so sure about the complex writing system
  • who wishes to travel to Chinese speaking countries (China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia)

Objectives:

The aim of the course is to learn to speak with an one of a kind phonetic mapping system. The students will learn to make their own sentences from day one. Together with the information provided by the course, students will be able to travel with ease in Chinese speaking areas.

Methodology:

We will follow the natural language learning process, mimicking how a child first learns to listen before speaking his/ her first word then gradually increase the vocabulary. Stories, videos, songs, transcripts and role-play will be used in this course. Moreover, to take a more personal and interactive approach, students will also be invited to create parts of the content.

Content:

  • Different phonetics and tones used in Chinese, rhythm of speech and different combinations of tones
  • Pinyin typing system vs. phonetics system
  • Grammar, guided with the phonetics map
  • Introduction to general Chinese history, geography, culture and taboos
  • Practice real life conversations among fellow students and the teacher, including topics of planning the itinerary, making bookings for hotel and transport, asking for direction and in case of an emergency…

“ Es fácil hablar en chino”

El idioma chino tiene fama de difícil por su complejo sistema de escritura. Por el contrario, el chino hablado es uno de los idiomas más fáciles del mundo. Este curso está dirigido a quienes quieren ser capaces de comunicarse oralmente en chino con fines turísticos. Este curso ayudará a los participantes a conocer la cultura china en general, incluyendo nociones básicas de geografía, historia, cultura y diálogos sencillos para viajar.

Este curso está dirigido a personas:

  • interesadas por la cultura china
  • interesadas en aprender el idioma chino pero que no desean conocer su complejo sistema de escritura
  • interesadas en viajar a países de habla china (China, Taiwán, Singapur y Malasia)

Objetivos:

El objetivo de este curso es aprender a hablar usando una clase de mapa fonético. El alumnado aprenderá a hacer sus propias frases desde el primer día. Con toda la información que el curso les dará, serán capaces de viajar con facilidad por los países de habla china.

Metodología:

Seguiremos el proceso natural de aprendizaje de la lengua, imitando como los niños aprenden primero a escuchar antes de hablar y como poco a poco aumentan su vocabulario. Se usarán también historias, videos, canciones, trascripciones y juegos de rol para que el alumnado participe en la creación del contenido del curso.

Contenido:

  • Diferentes usos de la entonación, ritmo y combinaciones de tonos del chino.
  • Sistema fonético versus sistema Pinyin Typing
  • Gramática con ayuda del mapa fonético
  • Introducción a la historia de China, su geografía, cultura y tabús.
  • Práctica real de conversaciones diarias entre los alumnos y el profesor, incluyendo temas como planear itinerarios, hacer reservas en hoteles y transporte, preguntar direcciones, lenguaje para emergencias, etc

The class was offered in EOI in 2019

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