Mandarin Chinese in Seattle

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Happy House Chinese and Functional Chinese

 This is the series of our own Chinese Text Books:

Happy House Chinese For Children
Our Happy House Chinese series is designed to teach Mandarin Chinese to children ages 7-12. Using an accessible and appealing approach, these textbooks and audio CDs cover skills and topics from a beginning through a high intermediate level of proficiency.
Happy House Chinese for Children
Happy House Chinese is a fourteen volume, three-level textbook series designed for children ages 7-12 who will be learning Chinese as a foreign language.

Features of this series:
  • Integrates skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Introduces critical grammar patterns.
  • Centers each lesson around a different topic.
  • Offers lessons on Chinese culture.
  • Has comparison charts of traditional and simplified Chinese characters.
  • Rhythmic chants to reinforce key vocabulary and patterns.
  • Language games and music in each textbook.
  • Teaches about 2,300 words and 1,000 Chinese characters.

Beginning Level

Students learn the most basic words and phrases. They will learn to converse about daily life in Chinese. Students learn about 125 words in each book and reach the first level of the Young Chinese Test (a nonnative Chinese-speaking student proficiency test).
Happy House Beginning Level

Materials Available:
  • Pinyin Books 1 and 2
  • Books 1 through 4
  • In-book exercises and audio CDs

    inyin 1 + Audio CD Pinyin 2 + Audio CD
    ISBN:978-1-935418-45-0 ISBN: 978-1-935418-46-7
    Pages: 44 Pages: 40
    Price: $9.99 Price: $9.99

    These two volumes teach students Pinyin and Chinese pronunciation.

    Book 1 + Audio CD
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-47-4
    Pages: 116
    Price: $14.99
    Key Topics:
    • Greetings
    • Talking About Yourself
    • Talking About Everyday Objects
    • Food
    • Numbers 1-10
    • Days of the Week

    Book 3 + Audio CD
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-49-8
    Pages: 114
    Price: $14.99
    Key Topics:
    • Simple Instructions
    • Asking for Something
    • Family Words
    • Action Words
    • Common Adjectives
    • Clothing
    • Weather
    • Vegetables and Other Food
    • Money
    Book 2 + Audio CD
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-48-1
    Pages: 114
    Price: $14.99
    Key Topics:
    • Posessive Pronouns
    • Parts of the Face and Body
    • Transportation
    • Places
    • Animals
    • Fruits
    • Colors
    • Free Time Activities and Hobbies
    Book 4 + Audio CD
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-50-4
    Pages: 112
    Price: $14.99
    Key Topics:
    • Numbers 1-100
    • Seasons and Special Occasions
    • Time and Date
    • Location in a City
    • Comparing Objects
    • Discussing Likes and Dislikes
    • Expansion of Vocabulary From Earlier Topics

    Intermediate Level

    Students learn to use Chinese to introduce, compare, and describe simple daily life situations. Students learn about 160 words in each book and reach the second level of the YCT.

    Materials Available:

     

    • Books 5 through 8
    • In-book exercises and audio CDs

     

     

    Happy House Intermediate Level

    Book 5 + CD-ROM
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-51-1
    Pages: 99
    Price: $14.99
    Key Topics:
    • Asking a Person to Do Something
    • Describing a Room
    • Describing Weather
    • Using "Too"
    • Asking What Others Are Doing
    • Describing What You Are Doing
    • Modifying With "More" and "Less"
    • Giving Directions
    • Catching a Cold
    Book 7 + CD-ROM
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-53-5
    Pages: 98
    Price: $9.99
    Key Topics:
    • Talking About Completed Actions
    • Talking About Activities You Have or Haven't Done
    • Prepositions
    • Saying Why You Don't Like Something
    • Going to a Restaurant
    • Being on Time or Late
    • Talking About Personal Interests
    Book 6 + CD-ROM
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-52-8
    Pages: 98
    Price: $14.99
    Key Topics:
    • Asking for Permission
    • Comparing Quality
    • Talking About Preferences
    • Traffic Rules
    • Discussing Tomorrow's Plans
    • Describing Scenery
    • Seeing a Doctor
    • Asking About Previous Experiences
    Book 8 + CD-ROM
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-54-2
    Price: $14.99
    Pages: 98
    Key Topics:
    • Discussing the Order of Events
    • Looking for Something
    • Discussing the Seasons
    • Making a Phone Call
    • Taking a Bus
    • Describing Animals and Where They Live
    • Describing the Outdoors
    • Talking About Goals

    High Intermediate Level

    Students learn to narrate events, state wishes, explain reasons and more. Students learn about 275 words in each book and reach the third level of the YCT.

    Materials Available:

    • Books 9 through 12
    • In-book exercises and audio CDs

    Happy House High Intermediate Level

    Book 9 + CD-ROM
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-55-9
    Pages: 99
    Price: $14.99
    Key Topics:
    • Writing Short Letters
    • Planning a Trip
    • Geography
    • Cultural Topics: Beijing Opera, Xi'an, Mid-Autumn Festival
    • Expansion of Earlier Vocabulary Topics
    Book 11 + Audio CD
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-57-3
    Pages: 94
    Price: $14.99
    Key Topics:
    • Staying Healthy
    • Chinese New Year Customs
    • Describing, Discussing, and Asking Questions About a Story
    • Talking About the Past Actions of
      Others
    • Saying What a Person Would or Wouldn't Do
    • Subjunctives Using "If"
    Book 10 + Audio CD
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-56-6
    Pages: 98
    Price: $14.99
    Key Topics:
    • Telling Stories
    • Discussing Everyday Situations
    • Comparing and Contrasting
    • Chinese Music
    • Visiting Museums
    • Going to a Drugstore
    • The Internet
    Book 12 + Audio CD
    ISBN: 978-1-935418-58-0
    Pages: 94
    Price: $14.99
    Key Topics:
    • Chinese Weddings
    • Chinese Foods
    • Teas and Tea Drinking
    • Chinese Legends and Traditions for Holidays and Events

     

     

     

    Functional Chinese for Adults and Teens 


Our Functional Chinese series is suitable for teaching Mandarin Chinese to teens and adults. The textbooks, workbooks, and CDs in this series provide a comprehensive approach to help students progress from their first experience with Chinese to a high intermediate level.

Functional Chinese for Teens and Adults

Functional Chinese is a five-volume, three-level textbook series designed for students age 12+ who will be learning Chinese as a foreign language.

Features of this series:
  • Integrates skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Introduces critical grammar patterns.
  • Centers each lesson around a different topic.
  • Offers lessons on Chinese culture.
  • Has comparison charts of traditional and simplified Chinese characters.
  • Includes language games and music in each textbook.
  • Teaches about 3,000 words and 1,000 simplified Chinese characters.

Beginning Level

The first three books in our Functional Chinese series teach Mandarin pronunciation and skills for basic conversation in daily life. They emphasize structure and function. Each lesson teaches one or two sentence structures and one or two main language points. On completion, you will have mastered basic Chinese pronunciation and grammar and be able to converse about daily life.

Materials Available:

  • Pinyin Book
  • Books 1 and 2
  • Workbooks and Audio CDs 

 

  

The first three books in our Functional Chinese series teach Mandarin pronunciation and skills for basic conversation in daily life. They emphasize structure and function. Each lesson teaches one or two sentence structures and one or two main language points. On completion, you will have mastered basic Chinese pronunciation and grammar and be able to converse about daily life.

After completing these levels, you will be able to:

  • Understand Chinese pronunciation and the pinyin system.
  • Have mastered basic Chinese grammar.
  • Converse about daily life.
  • Recognize about 480 characters in Book 1 and 540 in Book 2.
  • Write many essential characters in simplified Chinese.
Materials Available:
  • Pinyin Book
  • Books 1 and 2
  • Workbooks and Audio CDs
Pinyin: Beginning + CD-ROM
ISBN:
978-1-935418-64-1
Pages: 79
Price: $13.99
Key Topics:
  • Introduction to pinyin
  • Teaches 4 tones of Mandarin Chinese
  • Correct pronunciation of Chinese initials, vowels, combinations, and endings
  • Listening, speaking, and writing drill

Book 1: Beginning + CD-ROM
ISBN:
978-1-935418-65-8
Pages: 222
Price: $25.99
Key Topics:
  • Greetings and Introductions
  • Numbers and Measure Words
  • Family
  • Dates, Days, and Time
  • Shopping for Food and Clothes
  • Describing Objects and People
  • Seasons and Weather
  • Likes and Dislikes
  • Bargaining
  • Giving Directions
  • Travel Skills
  • Going to the Doctor
Book 1 Workbook
ISBN: 978-1-935418-17-7
Pages: 60
Price: $7.99
Book 2: Beginning + CD-ROM
ISBN:
978-1-935418-66-5
Pages: 221
Price: $25.99
Key Topics:
  • Talking About Recent Events
  • Polite Forms of Address and Introduction
  • School
  • Home and Office Vocabulary
  • The Great Wall
  • Chinese Names
  • Describing What You Have or Haven't Done
  • Comparisons and Changing Conditions
  • Making Plans for the Weekend
  • Internet Terms
Book 2 Workbook
ISBN: 978-1-935418-18-4
Pages: 52
Price: $7.99

Intermediate & High Intermediate Levels


Students reach the intermediate level in Book 3 and the high intermediate level in Book 4. These books teach through themes about social life. They emphasize functions and topics and include cultural elements in the lessons.

After completing these levels, you will be able to:

  • Converse about social topics and Chinese society.
  • Reach level VI of the HSK Chinese Proficiency Test.
  • Have learned over 3,000 words and 1,000 simplified Chinese characters.

Materials Available:

Books 3 and 4, Workbooks and Audio CDs

Students reach the intermediate level in Book 3 and the high intermediate level in Book 4. These books teach through themes about social life. They emphasize functions and topics and include cultural elements in the lessons.

After completing these levels, you will be able to:

  • Converse about social topics and Chinese society.
  • Reach level VI of the HSK Chinese Proficiency Test.
  • Have learned over 3,000 words and 1,000 simplified Chinese characters.
Materials Available:
  • Books 3 and 4
  • Workbooks and Audio CDs

Book 3: Intermediate + CD-ROM
ISBN:
978-1-935418-67-2
Pages: 233
Price: $25.99
Key Topics:
  • Traveling Through Airports and On Trains
  • Registration Processes and Course Schedules
  • Renting an Apartment
  • Dinner and Drinking Etiquette
  • Culinary Traditions of China
  • Regional Differences Within China
  • Visiting Someone's Home
  • Doctors, Chinese Medicine, and Daily Health Habits
  • Sports and Fitness in China
  • Traditional and Modern Beijing
  • Having a Job Interview

Book 3 Workbook
ISBN: 978-1-935418-19-1
Pages: 64
Price: $7.99
Book 4: High Intermediate + CD-ROM
ISBN:
978-1-935418-68-9
Pages: 254
Price: $25.99
Key Topics:
  • Work, Daily Routines, and Difficulties
  • Traditional Chinese Legends
  • Historical Development of Chinese Writing
  • Differences Between Western and Chinese Ideals for a Spouse
  • Confucian Thought
  • Martial Arts







Book 4 Workbook
ISBN: 978-1-935418-20-7
Pages: 69
Price $7.99

 

 

 

 

 

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