Working with Spoken Chinese

by Hongyin Tao, UCLA

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©2011 CALPER Publications
ISBN: 978-0-9793950-8-6
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Unit Overview

Unit 1 Travel Adventures 旅行奇遇
Story telling, Elements of a Story (Who, When, Where, etc.), Addressee Behaviors in Story Sessions

Unit 2 Fashion Fever 流行装
Comments on Fashion Styles, Expressing Agreement/Disagreement, Approval/Disapproval, Support Arguments with Examples

Unit 3 Global Citizen 地球公民
Discussing Attitude toward International Experience, Contrasting Information, Elaborating Information, Supporting Ideas with Examples

Unit 4 Who Wants to be a Millionaire 百万富翁
Talk about a TV Game Show, Compare Similar and Unlike Things, Degrees and Qualities, Qualifying an Opinion, Vague Expressions

Unit 5 Insurance Abuse 滥用医疗保险
Commenting on Insurance-Related Social Phenomena, Making Negative Statements, Vague References and Negative Events, Demonstratives and Degree Expressions

Unit 6 Las Vegas 拉斯韦加斯
Reflecting on a Tourist Destination, Admiration of Places, Contrasting Features of Places, Expressions for Praising, Listener Behavior in Praising

Unit 7 Tough Job Market 就业问题
Discussing Job Opportunities, Presenting Multiple Reasons/Perspectives, Expressing Past, Present, and Future Temporal Frames of Events

Unit 8 People and Personalities 表情与性格
Commenting on People's Appearances and Qualities, Opinions with Different Degrees of Certainty, Personal Interest, Emotional State, Listener Reactions to Comments

Unit 9 Driving Cautiously 小心开车
Reflecting on Driving Experiences, Different Accounts of Shared Experience, Humor, Alluding to Cultural Concepts

Unit 10 Horror Movies 恐怖片
Describing a Movie, Types of Movies, Personal Taste about Movies, Liking and Disliking, Listener Corroborating with the Other Speaker

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