Contact: David Dixon
Tel: +86 134-5053-1600
Site: http://PlainChinese.com (http://PlainChinese.com)
A Real Life Approach to Language Study
Plain Chinese.com aims to help foreign students of Chinese become more familiar with the everyday colloquial Chinese expressions, native Chinese speakers use when socializing:
Plain Chinese.com uses material transcribed from late night radio call-in shows to illustrate how modern Native Chinese speakers interact in various intimate Conversation settings. The topics, most based on romantic situations, portray how native Chinese socialize about life’s embarrassing moments, and funny predicaments. Students use the conversations annotated with pinyin translations and vocabulary lists to learn modern Chinese idiomatic expressions used in real-life situations. Plain Chinese.com encourages Chinese teachers to make use of the site’s material, and welcomes donations of similar material from both teachers and students: http://plainchinese.com/
"Many foreign language teachers, only dare teach the savoury, the politically correct, and the literary portions of the language, but leave out important cultural aspects of the language, regarded as seedy or shameful", says David Dixon, site owner and student of Chinese in China. "To produce genuinely literate students of a foreign language requires teachers, who act as cultural informants and teaching materials to match". Plain Chinese.com offers this site as a tiny step toward improving foreign language fluency. Students of Chinese, who seek something rich in spoken language content as a diversion from their primary textbook material will learn to, apply common communication formulas to better express their own personal views, criticisms, or advice when discussing everyday situations. In addition to the conversation topics, Plain Chinese.com introduces fashionable Chinese expressions and informal Chinese words and phrases found in song lyrics: http://plainchinese.com/
Plain Chinese.com requires no payment or registration, for study material transcribed from live conversations. The conversation topics, sometimes expressed quite humorously, come from a variety of anonymous callers. The callers talk freely and at length about things that have left them with lasting impressions. Discussed in a natural unrehearsed, spontaneous manner the conversations, annotated with pinyin translations and vocabulary lists, offer the foreign student of Chinese, cultural insight often unobtainable in a classroom.