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2: Pre-Unit 2

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  • Learning Objectives

    Once I have mastered this unit, I will:

    • understand the four tones and neutral tone and their tone marks;
    • be able to identify the tones and pronounce the rehearsed words using the appropriate tone;
    • understand the basic concepts of the Mandarin writing system: strokes, radicals and phonetic components, and character composition;
    • be able to identify strokes and composition, and to trace characters using appropriate stroke order;
    • have memorized some survival expressions; and
    • have a basic overview of the Chinese language, including formation of Chinese characters, grammar features, and vocabulary.

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