CHIN101-05 FALL 2014
Assignments Practical Chinese Reader - 實用漢語
PCR Lesson 13 Assignments
1. Vocabulary & Grammar Survey:
After reading and reflecting on the information introduced in your textbook and in the Study Guide section for this lesson, answer the following questions:
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I have reviewed the new vocabulary introduced in lesson 13 using one or more of the following strategies:
  •    (please list)  
  •    (please list)  
(5 pts) due: Monday, Nov 10th
2. Speaking:
  1. Translate the following sentences into Chinese and record:
    We often speak Chinese.
    My little brother and I are going to the bookstore to buy paper.
    She is going to the dormitory to visit her boyfriend.
    My good friend is coming to America to learn English.
    I am going to the foreign language institute to study Mandarin and French.
    Practice makes perfect.
  2. Translate the following questions into Chinese and add these to your recording:
    Are you going to the store?
    Is this a map of China?
    Is her older brother a student?
    Are you buying any paper?
    Is her boyfriend coming to the dormitory?
    Do you speak Chinese?
    Are you going to the post office to buy stamps?
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(0 pts) due: Monday, Nov 3rd
3. Writing:
Use the calligraphy practice sheet (OR use the smaller font version) to practice writing the characters introduced in this lesson. There are two pages of calligraphy for this lesson. Take your time. Write carefully. Use the blank columns on the second page to practice characters you have difficulty writing.
As an alternative you may write one complete Chinese sentence in pinyin or characters for each character introduced in lesson 13.
(20 pts) due: Monday, Nov 10th
4. Exercises:
  1. Complete the following exercises from your textbook. Write in complete sentences on a separate piece of paper. Be prepared to share your work with the class:
    • Select 5 sentences from exercise 2 on page 103,
    • Complete exercise 3 on page 104,
    • Then select 4 sentences from exercise 4 on page 104.
    You can download a copy of the text here.
    (10 pts) due: Monday, Nov 10th
  2. Print out the grammar handout for lesson 13 and follow the instructions on the sheet (plain text).
    (10 pts) due: Wednesday, Nov 12th
5. Online Activities:
Listening Comprehension - Go to the listening comprehension page. Listen to each question then select the most appropriate response for each situation.
(15 pts) due: Wednesday, Nov 12th
6. Cultural Questions:
The following questions relate to the cultural section of this lesson. Generally you will be able to find the answers by reading your textbook.
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1. How many characters are in most Chinese surnames?

2. What about given names?

3. Does the surname appear first or last?

4. Do Chinese women usually change their names after marriage?

(2 pts) due: Monday, Nov 10th
7. Classroom Activities:
  1. Asking Verb 不 Verb Questions - Convert a standard Statement + 嗎 question into a choice question using using the Verb 不 Verb sentence structure.
    For example:
    你們買漢語詞典嗎? -- 你們買不買漢語詞典?
    date: Wednesday, Nov 5th
  2. Subject + Place + Purpose Sentences - We learned that Chinese sentences like English sentences are formed in the order Subject + Verb + Object. For example:
    我們 + 去 + 商店 (We are going to the store) or
    我們 + 買 + 筆 (We are buying a pen)
    These two sentences can be easily combined into one statement using the structure
    Subject + Place (Verb-Object) + Purpose (Verb-Object)
    我們 + 去 + 商店 + 買 + 筆
    date: Monday, Nov 10th
  3. 造句: Make questions using the Verb 不 Verb construct. - Create and ask a question using the Verb 不 Verb construct.
    date: Monday, Nov 10th
  4. Answering Questions - Answer questions using the grammar pattern Subject + Time + Place V-O + Purpose V-O, or affirmative/negative choice structure
    date: Wednesday, Nov 12th
  5. Share your favorite Chinese character - Write your favorite Chinese character on the board.
    date: Wednesday, Nov 12th
  6. Subject + Place (V-O) + Purpose (V-O) - Ask and Answer at least one Subject + Place (V-O) + Purpose (V-O) question.
    date: Monday, Nov 17th
8. Extra-Credit:
  1. Select one of the songs on the web page prepared by your instructor. As an alternative you may use another Mandarin song of your own selection. Listen to the song and write down at least ten vocabulary items from the lyrics. You may choose words that you have already learned in class. Copy the Chinese characters, and write the pinyin and a brief English definition for each of the ten vocabulary items. (10 pts)
    due: Wednesday, Nov 12th
  2. Name all your Chinese! (!0 points extra-credit)
    due: Monday, Nov 17th