Mandarin Express

Four levels of comprehensive Mandarin instruction ranging from daily activities to world issues.

The meaning of “express” in Mandarin Express

The first meaning of "express" in the title is "to express": to say something in Mandarin and to say it clearly. Mandarin is a language. Learning Mandarin is to learn a new way of expressions. And "to express" has a built-in quality of clarity. Moreover, not only do students express themselves in daily topics, but also in a wide range of world issues, histories, philosophies, and so on. Therefore, we made sure that Mandarin Express series covers numerous topics.

The second meaning is an extension of the first meaning, "to communicate". One major reason for students to express something is that others can understand them.  "To express" implies the existence of an interlocutor, who is listening to these expressions and possibly responds. Thus, there is an exchange between the person who is expressing and the person who is listening. The flows are quite possible coming from both ends. The person who is expressing will also listen, and the person who is listening will also express. Therefore, Mandarin Express series was designed on exchanging ideas. People learn to express themselves, and also learn to listen. Listening is not an easy task. This is the reason that all Work Books are full of different, and quite often difficult, listening exercises.

The third meaning of "express" is to send something through a special route, such as an express train. For Mandarin Express series, this special route is to take students from "ni hao" to cultural literacy. To help students carry on, this journey is carefully divided into many stops. Each stop takes students a little bit further and calls forth the next stop. Students' Chinese ability and skills increase gradually from stop to stop. There is no short cut in this route. Stops are sequenced in a particular way to maximize the best outcome. Learning Chinese is a long and difficult journey. But, for students who are persistent enough, this "express" route will promise them a fantastic and rewarding experience.

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