We’ve just published Mandarin Chinese IV, the latest in a series of digital textbooks designed for the study of Mandarin Chinese language. This freely available honors-level textbook builds on the foundations established in Mandarin I, Mandarin II, and Mandarin III.
Mandarin Chinese IV expands upon the theme to “think globally and live locally” and provides the user with opportunities to expand Chinese listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills with short literary texts, authentic materials, and media on topics such as pollution, economic issues, and world population concerns. Chinese characters are presented in traditional and simplified forms.
All four textbooks feature video vignettes that introduce new language and culture. Each vignette is accompanied by a transcript and vocabulary list that presents both the traditional and simplified versions of the language. The design also includes a clickable audio link for each line of the vocabulary, making it possible to hear expressions and individual words as often as you like. All video and audio can easily be downloaded to a portable device or to your computer.
The textbooks were produced in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Virtual Public School and were developed as content for online courses funded by a Foreign Language Assistance Program grant from the U.S. Government. For more information, including the recently published digital Arabic I textbook, see LEARN NC’s critical languages page.