TOPICS

 

As you read through these topics, ask yourself: “What is your main overall goal – to live in China or to be able to talk about China and its culture?” If the answer is “both”, then what should come first ?

 

So as you bear in mind your communicative needs as you settle into life in China and begin to make friends with Chinese people, ask yourself: What is the best order of study – both of topics and vocabulary – to help you communicate on everyday topics more easily?

 

  CME Books 1-5                       NPCR Books 1-4

 

      A westerner living in China                     A western university student studying in China

              – daily living                                          – university life + Chinese culture

 

1.     Introducing Yourself                               Hello!

2.    The Classroom                                         Are you busy?

3.    The Post Office                                      Introducing Yourself (nationality + occupation)

4.    The Market                                            Introducing Others

5.    Describing                                              Where is the Restaurant?  (zai4 = at)

6.    Telling the Time                                      Let’s go Swimming  (swim, play ball & jing1ju4)

7.    Days & Dates                                          Do you know him?  (meeting a university prof.)

8.    Giving Directions / Address                     How many in your family? + university departments

9.    Getting Public Transport                          He’s 20 years old  (days & dates)

10.   Eating Out                                              Buying a CD (and several other things)

1 1.   Buying Daily Necessities                          I can speak a little Chinese  (learning Chinese?)

12.  Buying Clothes in a Shopping Mall             My whole body is unwell  (kan4bing4)

13.  Booking an Airplane Ticket                       Renting an Apartment

14.  Making a Telephone Call                           Happy Christmas!  (talking about everything!)

                                                                    The content of the stories are very general,

                                                                     covering many things, hence lacking specificity.

 

15.  When I was Young                                   She went to Shanghai & Xi’an (changing money)

16.  Learning Chinese                                     Borrowing books from the university library

17.  Sports & Leisure                                     Buying Clothes

18.  A Letter to My Parents                           Mailing a book at the Post Office + Taking a Bus

19.  Eating Out                                              Chinese paintings are different from oil paintings

20.  Planning a Winter Vacation Trip               New Year: eating + trad. Chinese music concert

21.  Renting an Apartment                               Sports match + describing an apartment

22.  Post Office                                             Shaoxing Opera

23.  Taking a Taxi                                          Hainan Island + Climbing the Great Wall          

24.  Buying Clothes                                         Recent changes in China: countryside " city

25.  Buying Food                                             Bike accident " in hospital

26.  Buying Daily Necessities                           Talking about everything  (review lesson)

                                                                      The topics & content are not always directly

                                                                      related to the students’ needs for daily living

 

27.  Seeing a Doctor                                       When in Rome do as the Romans do  (customs)

28.  An Outing                                               Mid-Autumn Festival + giving presents

29.  Talking About the Weather                      Paintings, Calligraphy & Plants

30.  Banking                                                   Chinese traditional recreational activities

31.  An Invitation for a Meal                          General geography of China

32.  Repairing a Bicycle                                  East-West different view of privacy

33.  Talking About Education                          Climbing Mt. Ling + Discussing environ. protection

34.  Introducing Yourself                               Feeling unwell on a Three Gorges boat trip

35.  Learning Chinese                                      Buying a car and getting a bank loan   

36.  Hobbies & Interests                                China’s climate + Tang Poems

37.  My Computer has been Stolen !                 Eating in a restaurant

38.  Car Accident                                           Chinese traditional wedding customs

                                                                    The topics & content are often closely related

                                                                     to Chinese culture & traditional customs

 

39.  Having a Meal at a Professor’s Home         Dating the Chinese way

40.  Spring Vacation Trip                               Equality of the sexes + working women

41.  Eating at McDonalds                                Careers + job interview

42.  Wandering Around a Night Market          Countryside: Spring Festival + neighbourliness

43.  College Sports Day                                 Chinese literature: Lu Xun and others

44.  Buying Food                                            Shopping + bargaining

45.  Festivals                                                Job interview + letter containing C.V.

46.  Telephoning My Brother-in-Law               Primary school education: pressures on kids

47.  University Clubs                                     University students: why do part-time jobs?

48.  Inviting Friends Home for a Meal            China’s single-child policy + DINKs

49.  International Trading                              Chinese medicine     

50.  Farming Life                                           Traveling into space + East-West eating differs

                                                                    The topics & content of Book 4 are interesting,

                                                                     and relevant to living in China and making friends

51.   Household Repairs                                 

52.  Teacher’s Day                                        

53.  Buying Daily Necessities                               

54.  Planning a Trip to S.E. Asia                     

55.  Physical Checkup                                    

56.  Striving for the Future                                

57.  Servicing a Car                                      

58.  Leisure Activities                                  

59.  Finding a Job                                         

60.  Planning a Round-Island Trip                   

61.   Getting up in the Morning                       

62.  In the Office                                         

63.  Shopping                                                

64.  Eating Out                                             

65.  Medical Attention                                  

66.  Sports & Hobbies                                  

67.  Festivals                                                

68.  Round Taiwan Trip                                

69.  Entertaining Guests                               

70.  Farming & Countryside                           

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Vocabulary in NPCR Books 1-3 not immediately relevant to your early communicative needs for living and settling into life in China, i.e. it is not that the words below are not useful, but that they appear too early.

 

Book 1

Lesson

3   wai4po2; nai3nai

4   ji4zhe3 (reporter)

6   jing1ju4 (Chinese opera)

7   mei3shu4 (fine arts); wen2xue2

        Supplementary vocab: zhe2xue2 (philosophy); shu4xue2 (maths); wu4li3 (physics)

8   Supplementary vocab: wai4gong1; zhu4jiao4 (teach assistant); lawyer; gong1cheng2shi1

9   shu3 (belong to); zhu4he4 (congratulate); shou4mian4 (longevity noodles)

10 Supplementary vocab: zuo4jia1 (writer); ti3yu4guan3

11 sun1nü3 (granddaughter)

13 Supplementary vocab: qiao3 (coincidental)

14 Supplementary vocab: jing1xi3 (pleasant surprise)

 

Book 2

15 ying1bang4 (UK pounds); gong1zuo4 ren2yuan2; shu3 (to count)

 Supplementary vocab: jia1yuan2 (Canadian dollar)

16 jie4shu1zheng4 (library card); xing4bie2 (gender); fa2kuan3 (fine)

 Supplementary vocab: yue4lan3shi4 (reading room); wen4da2 (Q&A); yu4ding4 (reserve); mu4lu4 (index); xu4jie4  (renew book loan)

17 qi2pao2 (cheongsam); si1chou2 (silk); xi1fu2 (western-style clothes)

 Supplementary vocab: xiang4sheng1 (comic dialogue); liao4zi (material)

18 hai3guan1 (customs); hai3yun4 (ocean freight)

       Supplementary vocab: ji4nian4 (commemorate)

19 you2hua4 (oil painting); mei3shu4guan3 (art gallery); hua4jia1 (artist); cai2liao4 (material); mo4 (Chinese ink); 

        you2cai3 (greasepaint); pi3 (M for horses); xiang3xiang4 (imagine)

        Supplementary vocab: shu1fa3 (calligraphy); ye4yu2 (amateur); guan1dian3 (viewpoint)

20 shuan4yang2rou4; hua4zhuang1 (makeup); zheng4shi4 (formal); min2yue4 (folk music);

        min2zu2 (nation); yue4qi4 (musical instrument); yan3zou4 (concert); yue4qu3 (piece of

  music); wen2zhang1 (essay)

  Supplementary vocab: yin1yue4ting1 (concert hall); xing4fu2 (blessed); wan4shi4ru2yi4;

  she2 (snake); tian1 (to add to); duo1yu2 (superfluous); zu2 (foot)

21 Supplementary vocab: yuan2lin2 (garden); xiu1jian4 (to build); shi1ren2 (poet);

  she4ji4 (design); jian4zhu4shi1 (architect)

22 yue4ju4 (Shaoxing Opera); ju4tuan2 (opera troupe); di4fang1xi4 (regional opera);

  shang4yan3 (to perform); gu3dian3 (classical); ai4qing2 (love); gan3ren2 (moving);

  zhu3jue2 (leading actor); you1mei3 (graceful); feng1ge2 (style); fang3wen4 (visit)

  Supplementary vocab: bei1shang1 (sad); xiang1ai4 (fall in love); hui2yi4 (recall)

23 jing3se4 (scenery); xiong2 (bear); zhuang1 (pretend)

24 jiu4ma1 (aunt); wen1shi4 (greenhouse)

  Supplementary vocab: shi1bing1 (soldier); jiang1jun1 (general);

  zhan4gang3 (stand guard); sheng1huo3 (make a fire)

25 shu4 (M for bunch of); dao3mei4 (bad luck)

        Supplementary vocab: xing2hao4 (model); gua4shi1 (report a loss)

26 zhong1guo2tong1 (China expert); jie2ye4 (complete a course); bu4jian4bu4san4

 

Book 3

27 wu3tai2 (stage); chang3suo3 (place); tian3 (lick)

28 li3 qing1 qing2yi4 zhong4; shang3 (enjoy); wen2fang2 si4bao3; cheng1zan4 (praise);

 jing1xi3 (pleasant surprise)

       Supplementary vocab: Chang2e2 ben1 yue4 (Chang’e flies to moon); shen2hua4 (myth);

       yue4gong1 (Lunar Palace); xian1nü3 (fairy); ren2jian1 (human world)

29 hua4 (calligraphy & painting); gu3shu1 (ancient book); pen2jing3 (bonsai);

 kai1hua1 (bloom); jun1zi3lan2 (Kaffir lily); zuo4pin3 (work of literature); xian2 (virtuous);

 xiu1zheng3 (prune); yuan2yi4shi1 (horticulturist); di4zi3 bu4bi4 bu4ru2 shi1

30 qiao1luo2 da3gu3 (beat drums & gongs); niu3yang1ge1 (yangge dance); min2jian1 (folk);

        wu3dao3 (dance); jie1xin1 hua1yuan2 (flower island at road intersection)

31 yao2lan2 (cradle)  Supplementary vocab: nan2 shui3 bei3 diao4 (divert water)

32 gao1 xin1 ji4shu4 (new & advanced technology); cou4he2 (passable); yin3si1 (privacy);

        bi3 shang4 bu4zu2, bi3 xia4 you3 yu2 (fair to middling)

33 yi2zhi2 (transplant)  Supplementary vocab: qiang3jiu4 (save); shi3zhe3 (envoy)

34 chuan2shuo1 (legend); yi1wu4shi4 (clinic)

 Supplementary vocab: da3yu2 (fishing); bi2yan1hu2 (snuff bottle); zhen1gui4 (precious);

 gong1yi4pin3 (handicraft item); shou1cang2 (collect); jiang1jun1fu2 (general’s uniform);

 hua4xiang4 (portrait); yuan2fen4 (fate)

35 jie2yue1 (economize); jian1ku3 (arduous); pu3su4 (plain); diu1ren2 (lose face);

 qin2jian3 (hard working & thrifty); jie4zhai4 (borrow money); shi2xian4 (realize); meng4hua4 (words said while

 sleeping);  shang1pin3 jing1ji4 (commodity economy)

36 yu3rong2fu2 (down coat); zhen1gui4 (precious);  Shakespeare;  jia1 shu1 di3 wan4 jin1

        Supplementary vocab: seng1 qiao1 yue4xia4 men2 (monk knocks on gate under moonlight)

        mao2lü2 (donkey); jiao4zi (sedan chair); niao3 su4 chi2 bian1 shu4 (a bird spends night …)

37 Supplementary vocab: you1sheng1you1yu4 (healthy birth & sound care)

38 hua1jiao4 (bridal sedan chair); gu1ye (son-in-law)

        Supplementary vocab: zou3ma3deng1 (lantern with revolving paper figures);

  piao1yang2 (flutter); fei1hu3qi2 (flying tiger banner); zhong4bang3 (pass an exam)

 

 

Book 4

Book 4 only has a few words which appear too early.

 

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                                               CME              NPCR   (S) = Supplementary vocab.

 

FRUIT                                     lesson                              lesson

orange                                        4                            ---

apple                                           4                            10

banana                                      04                            10

pineapple                                   25                            ---

watermelon                               25                            41(S)

strawberry                                 25                            ---

 

VEGETABLES

carrot                                        04                            ---

cucumber                                   25                            ---

onion                                         04                            ---

tomato                                      04                            ---

potato                                        48                            ---

 

FOOD/COOKING

menu                                         10                            23(S)

fry                                              41                            ---

beef                                           10                            ---

chicken                                      10                            39

lamb                                          50 (sheep)               37

pork                                          10                            ---

pepper                                       31                            ---

salt                                            31                            ---

roast                                         28                            09

soy sauce                                  19                            ---

sugar                                         19                            ---

vinegar                                       31                            ---

jam                                            25                            ---

bread                                          11                            ---

milk                                            19                            09(S)

jiaozi                                           19                           42

baozi                                           44                           ---

doujiang                                      18                           ---

sea food                                      31                          ---

ice cream                                    17                           ---

 

DRINKS

Coca cola                                    31                            34

Sprite                                          41                            09(S)

fruit juice                                     31                            ---

beer                                            19                            28

wine                                            19                            09

coffee                                          11                            13

 

SPORTS

jogging                                        17                            30

swimming                                    17                            06

baseball                                       17                            ---

soccer                                         17                            21

basketball                                    17                            ---

table tennis                                  17                            ---

climb mountains                           28                            ---

BANKING

RMB                                            30                            15

credit card                                   30                            15(S)

bank                                           30                            15

US$                                            30                            15(S)

 

TRAVEL

passport                                      54                            18

visa                                             20                            ---

air ticket                                      13                            ---

airport                                         13                            24(S)

entrance ticket                             45                            ---

camera                                        28                            20

hotel                                            20                            37

luggage                                        20                            24(S)

mountain                                     08                            23

boat/ship                                     13                            34

map                                             23                            24

subway                                        23                            18

sea                                              28                            31

 

DAILY NECESSITIES

aircon                                          21                            ---

electric fan                                   51                            ---

cup                                              02                            28

key                                             17                            16(S)

refrigerator                                  21                            50(S)

rice cooker                                  44                            ---

shampoo                                     26                            ---

towel (maojin)                             26                            ---

toilet paper                                  11                            ---

toothpaste                                   11                            ---

trashcan                                       51                            ---

washing machine                          21                            ---

comb                                           26                           44

bicycle                                         09                            25

 

CLOTHING

shirt                                            12                            17

shoes                                          12                            47

trousers                                      12                            17(S)

shorts                                         12                            ---

slippers                                       37                            ---

socks                                         12                            ---

sweater (maoyi)                         24                            ---

T-shirt                                        24                            ---

umbrella                                     53                            ---

 

ROOMS & FURNITURE IN A HOUSE

bathroom                                    21                            21

bedroom                                     21                            21

kitchen                                        21                            13

living room                                  21                            21

chair                                            08                            ---

desk                                            21                            ---

table                                            08                            25

                                                 

GENERAL

cell phone                                    41                            42

computer                                    34                            16

McDonalds                                   09                            ---

music                                          28                            10

gas (meiqi)                                  21                            ---

electricity                                     21                            13

repair                                           32                            49

broken                                         21                            25

bookstore                                    22                            21

drugstore                                     27                            ---

spectacles/glasses                        33                            43(S)

T.V.                                              18                            25

toilet                                            41                            13

 

MEDICAL / PARTS OF THE BODY

catch cold                                   27                            12

see a doctor                               27                            12

fever                                          27                            12

headache                                    27                            12

hospital                                       27                            12

throat                                         55                            12

foot                                            36                            49

hand                                           38                            30

leg                                              38                            25

eye                                             27                            44

stomach                                     27                            12(S)

 

WEATHER

degree                                         29                            23

summer                                       29                            23

autumn                                        29                            23

winter                                          29                            23

spring                                          29                            23

snow                                           29                            23

cold                                             17                            12

cool                                             24                            36

warm                                           29                            39(S)

hot                                              17                            20

rain                                              17                            24

humid                                          29                            ---

 

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