Tell It Like it Is! (Text with 2 DVD's) Natural Chinese for Advanced Learners Jianqi Wang

Publication date:
11 Feb 2005
Yale University Press
528 pages: 279 x 216mm
1 map, textbook, and 2 DVDs

This unique program emphasizes authentic, unrehearsed Chinese language as it is spoken among Chinese speakers. The program includes a DVD and audio connecting students to Chinese culture, politics, and issues by means of the popular talk show program of China Central Television, Tell It Like It Is! Because a broad variety of individuals participate in the shows, representing different genders, ages, and accents, the listener/reader is exposed to the kinds of language used in real-life situations. Complete episodes of Tell It Like It Is! are available on DVD.

Tell It Like It Is! addresses the crucial need of advanced-level students of Chinese to learn spontaneous informal oral discourse, whether they are participating in classroom study or learning independently.

Jianqi Wang is assistant professor at The Ohio State University.

"This is a pioneering effort and represents a type of material badly needed in the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language."—Cornelius C. Kubler, Williams College

"By working through these materials learners will be better equipped to deal with authentic, spontaneous, and informal oral discourse. Tell It Like It I! is sorely needed in the field."—Matthew B. Christensen, Brigham Young University