In the Part 1 of Medlock Method Basic Chinese you will learn:
1.1 Basic greetings
- saying hello
- how are you?
- some family members
1.2 Talking about being busy
- ‘both’ and ‘all’
- pronouns: singular and plural
- what about…..
1.3 More greetings
- thank you
- good morning/ good afternoon/ good evening
2.1 Asking if someone is busy at work and if he is healthy
- work; busy at work?
- body; how is your parents health?
- ‘too’, ‘not too’, ‘all not too’
2.2 Talking about work being busy or much; Chinese being difficult or not
- much/ little; quite a lot/ quite a few/ not much/ not many
- languages: Chinese/ Spanish/ English/ German/ French…..
- difficult/ not too difficult
2.3 Giving opinions what is easy and what is difficult
Giving reason why you are tired
- difficult v.s. easy
- giving contrary opinions
3.1 What day is today?
- numbers 1-10
- days of the week
3.2 What’s the date today?
- numbers 11 - 100
- months of the year
3.3 What time is it?
- time / o’clock/ minute
- to tell the time e.g. ‘5 to 7’
- It’s time to do…..
- ‘to go’ / ‘ to get up’
4.1 Date/ week day/ birthday/ New Year/ Age
- Happy New Year!
- Happy birthday!
- When is your birthday? On what day?
- How old are you this year.
- today/ tomorrow
4.2 Strengthening the time, date and actions
- It’s time to go to school/ go to work/ go to bed/ go home
- half past ….. (time), a quarter (time)
4.3 Self introduction
- My name is ….
- What’s your (honorable) name?
- same age
5.1 Small talk/ talking about having children
- Are you married?
- Have you got any children?
- one is ….., the other one is …..
- How old is yours?
5.2 Running into an acquaintance on the street and asking how each other’s spouse is doing;
Inviting each other’s family
- long time no see!
- husband/ wife
- different ways of saying ‘not bad’
to expressed ‘where’ as well as ‘ how/ what about’
- having free time/ coming to visit us
5.3 Asking if someone is in the office
- to be in ‘在’
- the use of ‘should’
- having a class
- the use of ‘therefore’
6.1 Learning languages
- easy or difficult to learn a language
used to express ‘easy’ to do something
used to express ‘difficult’ to do something
- where are you learning Chinese?
- the difference of ‘在’
- the sentence pattern: to be somewhere or to go somewhere to do something
6.2 Review of ‘tired’ and ‘because’;
Isn’t it Sunday today? Why did you go to work?
- the use of ‘must’
- the introduction of 了
for perfect tense
- single/ not married
- the use of 有and
6.3 Introducing a friend to your manager
- formal introduction
- politeness and formalities
- declining an offer (coffee/ tea/ water)
7. Go to where to do what
- locations: post office/ bank/ home/ supermarket
- actions: to post a letter/ post a parcel/ change money/ withdraw
money/ go home/ watch TV/ buy groceries/ buy beer
7.2 Asking a friend if he has time and asking him out for a movie
- Are you free ……. ?
- to express when is free and when is not
- What’s the business/ matter?
- Let’s ……?
- What kind of movie …..
- the useful expressions: your treat/ no problem/ picking up…..
7.3 A friend asking you out but you cannot because it is your
father-in-law’s birthday. He is coming for dinner.
- Where are you going?
- trying to make an appointment/ asking a friend out
- talking about schedule
- the day after tomorrow
- the use of ‘当’
(to be as)
8.1 Asking a friend out again; giving reasons why the invitation is declined
- having days off
- how come……
- no way/ nothing can be done
- to be like someone
- in this case…..
- to earn a living
8.2 Strengthening the use of who, which, where, what and whose
- nationalities/ countries：China,
USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain
- cities: Beijing, London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, New York, Washington
- magazines, newspaper, manga….
8.3 Introducing the use of ‘how’
- what’s the matter? Feeling sick/ having a cold.
- how to get somewhere
- what should be done now?
- how do you find something (e.g. the book) or someone (e.g. my boyfriend/ girlfriend)
- some adjectives to describe people
- how do you say …..?
9.1 Using ‘wh-‘ and ‘how’ in a real and practical small
talk: talking about a Chinese teacher who teaches spoken Chinese.
- to speak/ to write
- no wonder….
- so good
- why are you going ‘ somewhere’?
- It is O.K. but ….
- using ‘哪里
(where)’ when you hear a compliment to you
9.2 Talking about a new colleague and introducing her to your friend
- who is that person?
- don’t you know her?
- Let me introduce you.
- Nice to meet you/ How do you do (in formality)
9.3 Introducing two people and they try to get to know each other by asking about
- Who are in your family?
- How many siblings have you got?
- the use of 就
- to live
- sentence pattern: location + action
10.1 Talking to a friend about where and what to eat for lunch
- rice/ noodles/ soup/ soda/ mineral water
- to eat/ to drink
- the use of 想
as feel like/ would like (doing) something: 想
- to like doing/ drinking/ eating ….
10.2 At a restaurant, discussing with a friend about what to eat and then do
- some kinds of rice: fried rice, plain rice….
- some kinds of noodles: friend noodles, noodle soup
- how to order
- introducing: plate/ bowl/ cup/ glass
- the use of 再as on top of that
10.3 Feeling like having 饺子
(dumplings) but they are not sold here so that
arranging to make them at the friend’s tonight
- introducing more Chinese food
- how about…. Making a suggestion and then asking for agreement
- the use of ‘能can/
to be able to’
- go and see, and then decide