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Getting started with Chinese 1
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8 Build a language notebook

Now is the time to note down the new vocabulary, expressions and tips about pronunciation, culture and communication you have learned this week. You can use the table below or make notes on paper or in your own electronic notebook if you would prefer.

Activity 11

Table 1 Language notebook
Key phrases in Pinyin
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Pronunciation
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Culture
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Language
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Words: 0
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What would you write into each box above, if anything? Would you add more boxes?

Discussion

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Table 2 Example of a completed language notebook for Week 2
Key phrases in Pinyin
  • nǐ hǎo mǎ?
  • wǒ hěn hǎo, nǐ ne?
  • wǒ yě hěn hǎo.
  • bú kèqi.
Pronunciation
  • pronunciation of i when it is after z, c, s, zh, ch, sh, r, and j, q, x
Culture
  • Different ways to reply to ‘thanks’
  • How to read telephone numbers
  • Lucky & unlucky numbers
Language
  • Use nǐ ne short questions to ask ‘and you?’ or ‘how about you?’
  • Pinyin spelling convention rules of ‘i’ and ‘u
  • Personal pronouns: , , , nǐmen, wǒmen, tāmen
  • Numbers 0–99
  • Read two-digit numbers
  • Adverb (also, too) never goes at the start or end of sentences

You may have filled the boxes in differently, or you may have a different idea about how to build on what you are learning. Your learning journey is personal, so you need to keep notes in a way that is appropriate to you.

Take some time now to add to your own language notebook.