Learn Chinese using Chinese Direct --
Let Chinese words just mean
something in your mind and forget about translating.
Lesson One. 12 vocabulary items. A main feature of
Chinese is that single-syllable modifiers go directly before nouns.
The sounds "xi," "shi," and "zi" are used in this lesson.
Most speakers of English make sounds that aresimilar to "ji,"
"qi," and "xi," but they place the tip
of the tongue where the arrow is pointed in the first diagram.
"Zhi," "chi," "shi," and "ri" do not occur in English. These sounds are
made by curling the tongue back to the region behind the end of the
ridge that runs down the top of the mouth. They sound
approximately like "jr," "chr," "shr," and "r." (The "i" in each of
them is a rather meaningless placeholder.)
"Zi," "ci," and "si" are present in English, but not as individual
syllables and not at the beginnings of syllables. "Zi" sounds like the
"ds" in "adds," or the "dz" in "adz." "Ci" sounds like the end of
"its." "Si" sounds like the "s" in "snap."
Download the following two files, and open both of them at the same
time. This lesson has 100 steps. If a step has a blank to fill in,
write your answer down on a piece of scrap paper, and then click on the
number after the arrow to see whether your answer was correct. If your
answer was wrong, try again. If it was right, use the arrow key to go
to the next page.
Chinese Direct Lesson 1
Vocabulary pronunciation file.