Structural Mandarin Level 2 Study Guide

The following learning steps are suggested for you to organize your online learning. The suggested time is minimum for each unit. Your learning outcomes depends on, among many other factors, how much time you spend on each unit.If you are a total beginner in Chinese we suggest you have an orientation in basic Mandarin by clicking on Mandarin pronunciation, and reading/writing.

Chapter 14: Travelling

Step 1: Word Study (Suggested time: 15 minutes for each scene)

Method
Move the cursor on pinyin and find out the meaning of each word; click on pinyin then listen and repeat till you are able to say the word confidently and understand the meaning of all the words in each scene.

Objectives
Master the following key words:

酒店 Hotel 房间 Room
飞机 Aeroplane 飞机票 Air Ticket
飞机场 Airport 出租车 Taxi
哪里 Where 明天 Tomorrow
北京 Beijing 太太 wife
女儿 Daughter 星期五 Friday

Step 2. Key Sentences (Suggested time: 15 minutes)

Click on the “Play” at bottom bar to listen to the conversation while watching the flash. Generally speaking, Chinese and English share similar sentence structures. Master the following key sentences:

你们住在哪里? – Where are you going to stay?

你明天去北京,是吗? – You will go to Beijing tomorrow, right?

你订了房间吗? – Have you booked a room yet?

没有,我明天去订。 – Not yet. I will book it tomorrow.

你怎么去酒店? – How will you go to the hotel?

我坐出租车去。 – I will take a taxi.

Step 3. Character Study (Suggested time: 1 hour for each unit)

Method
In this session you are going to learn to read and write Chinese characters. By learning reading and writing Chinese characters you are becoming a more patient person. Don’t be too ambitious when you first learn Chinese characters. We suggest you pick up maximum 10 characters to study in each unit. If you can learn 5 characters in each unit you are already doing very well. We do not expect you to master all of the characters in the unit. You can practice writing the characters by using your mouse. Point your cursor in the box below the flash and draw the character stroke by stroke. A stroke is a continuous movement of the pen without lifting it. Please pay attention to the sequence of the strokes and make sure that you follow the stroke order. Writing Characters in the correct stroke order is the secret weapon for native Chinese to master Chinese characters. We suggest you follow the suit.

Objectives
Master the following Chinese characters:

订 – book; reserve; order

票 – ticket

坐 – Take (a vehicle)

去 – Go

接 – pick up

谁 – who

Step 4. Story (Suggested time: 15 minutes)

Click on “English” at the bottom bar to change the sentence Pinyin into English and then listen to the whole conversation 3 times make sure that you understand the conversation.

Objectives
Understand how the Chinese words and sentences are used.

Step 5 (15 minutes)

Click on “Test” at the bottom bar and do the test when you finish the contents in each unit. It is a checklist. If you can pass all of the test it means you have mastered the essence of this unit and you are ready to move to the next unit.