Fayin: Mandarin Pronunciation is the first of a three-part Chinese multimedia language resource series on CD-ROM. The series is intended to enhance the teaching and learning of modern Chinese standard language (Mandarin) at beginner and intermediate levels. The series comprises three user-friendly computer resource programs. Fayinincludes an introduction that gives a brief account of Mandarin Chinese. Lessons provide instruction in all aspects of Mandarin phonetics. In addition to written explanations, there are also audio-visual displays that show learners how to shape their mouths to produce a sound accurately. Drills reinforce one's knowledge of Mandarin phonetics, while tests give learners the opportunity to evaluate their understanding of Mandarin pronunciation. Users of this CD-ROM can explore various aspects of the language with the audio dictionary of Mandarin pronunciation, spelling, and pronunciation techniques, and challenging tongue twisters. Note: This series is compatible with a 32-bit operating system and will not run on 64-bit systems.
Shu-ning Sciban is associate professor of Chinese language and literature in the Department of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies at the University of Calgary.
X. Jie Yang is a professor of Japanese language and literature in the Department of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies at the University of Calgary.
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