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Untying the Dragon’s Tongue: A Guide to Learning Mandarin Chinese Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07QFJKVM4
- Language : English
- File size : 3897 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 278 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1092806873
- Best Sellers Rank: 509,149 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in Australia on 11 June 2019
This book is not a standard language textbook. It does not not set out endless lists of grammatical rules, word lists or phrases to learn by rote. Instead it offers a thoughtful rumination on the process of adult language acquisition. The premise of the book is that if a Mandarin learner commences with an understanding about how adults best learn a new language, and can inculcate habits of mind conducive to learning, then the acquisition of a new language will be more satisfying and enjoyable. Stephen Ginpil brings to the task his knowledge of educational psychology together with reflections formed by his own experience of learning Mandarin. He combines these with a deep appreciation of Chinese culture and history. Importantly, he dispels the myth that Mandarin is an inherently difficult language that is almost impossible for a Westerner to learn as an adult.
Reviewed in Australia on 15 May 2019
This book really changes the way to go about learning Chinese and shifts the view of study to a thoroughly modern approach incorporating easy to follow examples and practical methodologies! Great value too!
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Very, very basicReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2019
Very basic book on how to learn a language. Not really Mandarin specific but general advice about study methods, motivation, etc. Looked interesting on first looking through sample but the book itself does not tell me anything I don't already know. Probably O.K. for a complete new language learner. Missed the window to return otherwise I would have.