Getting started with Chinese 2
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Getting started with Chinese 2

10 Build a language notebook

Building a language notebook is a way to note down, each week, new vocabulary and expressions, as well as tips about pronunciation, grammar, culture and communication in general that will support you as you start to learn Chinese.

Activity 10

What would you write into each box, if anything? Would you add more boxes?

Table 4 Language notebook

Key phrases in Pinyin
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Key words
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Culture
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Table 5 Example of a completed language notebook for Week 2

Key phrases
  • Nǐ míngtiān qù nǎr? 你明天去哪儿?
  • Wǒ míngtiān qù Běijīng 我明天去北京.
  • Nǐ míngtiān zuò shénme? 你明天做什么?
  • Wǒ míngtiān xué fǎwén, kàn diànshì, xiě hànzì. 我明天学法文, 看电视, 写汉字.
  • Nǐ wǎnshang dōu zuò shénme? 你晚上都做什么?
  • Nǐ míngtiān shàngwǔ háishì míngtiān wǎnshang qù Běijīng? 你明天上午还是明天晚上去北京?
Key words
  • míngtiān 明天 (tomorrow).
  • míngtiān wǎnshang 明天晚上 (tomorrow evening).
  • míng wǎn 明晚 (tomorrow evening).
  • míngtiān shàngwǔ 明天上午 (tomorrow morning).
  • míngtiān xiàwǔ 明天下午 (tomorrow afternoon).
  • shénme 什么 (what).
  • (to go).
  • nǎr 哪儿 (where).
  • Běijīng 北京 (Beijing).
  • Lúndūn 伦敦 (London).
Culture
Language
  • Use shénme 什么 to ask a ‘what’ question
  • Use nǎr 哪儿 to ask a ‘where’ question
  • Different usages of dōu
  • How to ask a choice question with háishì 还是
Word formation

You may have filled the table 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 establish your own language notebook.

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