CHINESE

Chinese Course

The language used in this course – often referred to as Mandarin Chinese – is the official Chinese language (common speech), which is being popularised throughout China today. It is based on the northern dialect, with Peking pronunciation as a standard.

The Chinese language is probably one of the easiest languages to learn – except for its characters. For this reason, we have used the official phonetic alphabet, called “PINYIN”, which is being introduced in China and can be seen on signboards along with the Chinese characters. We also thought it useful for the learner to get familiar with some of the Chinese characters – which we have indicated in their modern, simplified form. The ability to read (not write) a number of Chinese characters is very helpful in understanding and even memorising Chinese expressions.

The PINYIN is, of course, no perfect phonetic transcription, but this is not necessary, as you will rely on the recordings for perfect intonation. One special characteristic of the PINYIN is, however, very important: the tone marks above many vowels.

 

The Language course teaches you through a series of lessons building towards advanced proficiency. As words build to phrases, sentences and dialogues, new vocabulary and sentence construction is integrated in a natural systematic progression.

These Language courses consist of three levels and will take you to where you can speak like a 17 year old speaks their mother tongue. Written and oral tests are provided at all levels. Courses take between four and six months to complete when spending approximately ½ hour per day 5 days per week.

Explanations are in English, Afrikaans, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese. 

R950.00

Course Levels

All New Era Language learning courses consist of 3 learning levels. Toggle the display tabs below to learn what the levels consist of.

LEVEL 1

Basic conversational vocabulary of some 500 words and the tenses.

LEVEL 2

Basic conversational vocabulary of an additional 500 words. On completion of Levels I and II the student has an active vocabulary of 1000 words and is capable of understanding everyday conversations and making himself/herself understood, using their tenses correctly.

LEVEL 3

Enlarges the active vocabulary by 1000 words and teaches the student to think in the language and to build self-confidence. It also enables the student to do the following:

  • relate to experiences and discuss a wide variety of topics
  • creating practical day to day situations and expressing themselves correctly
  • using idiomatic expressions to enable the student to express feelings of annoyance, pity, astonishment, surprise, confusion, fear, impatience, hope, joy, satisfaction and many more

Because of the structure of the courses it is not necessary for a student to have any particular linguistic talent. They are suitable for children from about the age of 3 years (with parental guidance until they are able to do it on their own) and for students of average intelligence. The courses cover a large variety of topics, which range in content between one and three levels.

Please Note: Our African language courses are compatible with Microsoft operating systems - Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Our international courses are ready to run on only Windows 8 and Windows 10 but users with advanced experience can make use of Daemon Tools to install on Windows 7 machines. Our software is not compatible with Mac OS, however, Wine Software or Bootstrap can be used to run New Era Languages software successfully.

Firewall: Please note that your anti-virus software may prevent the installation from proceeding successfully. If this is the case, you will need to temporarily deactivate your firewall so that the installation can run until completion. You will not need to disable your computer's firewall every time you use the software, just when installing New Era Languages for the first time.

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