A Great Way to Study Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Book 3

Intermediate Chinese in 6 Months

If you are an intermediate Chinese learner with at least 6 months of Chinese study under your belt, then Practical Audio-Visual Chinese (PAVC) book 3, released by the National Taiwan Normal University, could be just what you’re looking for to blast your Mandarin to the next level. After building a solid foundation in Chinese pronunciation, tones, vocabulary, and grammar, and perhaps following the advice given in A Great Way to Study Practical Audio-Visual Chinese Books 1 and 2, you should be ready for this harder level. I aim to show you how you can study PAVC book 3 to improve all aspects of your Chinese ability in just 6 months as part of a longer course that will enable you to Speak Mandarin Chinese in 18 Months. Please read this post carefully to get the most out of your studies and make sure you use your time effectively.

Memorize New Chinese Words

Just as you did when studying books 1 and 2, attempt to memorize new vocabulary before each new lesson. This will reduce problems when reading the conversation at the start. There can be as much as 60 to 90 new Chinese words in each lesson in book 3 but only around 30 of those will be in the situational dialogue while the others are connected to the new word in some way. Take the time to memorize each new character before you begin each lesson. As suggested before, write each character repeatedly until you know it off by heart. Of all the methods I’ve tried, writing a character over and over until you can write it no problem is the quickest and longest-lasting method of remembering Chinese characters.

Everyday Conversations

In book 3, there is no Hanyu Pinyin or English translation to help you read and understand the story (although lessons 1-7 in book 3 do provide tone marks above the characters). Remember to read the complete conversation out loud for extra speaking practice. If you feel there are too many characters that you don’t recognize or can’t remember then go back through the new vocabulary again before trying to read the dialogue. With the help of your teacher, tutor, Taiwanese friend, etc., translate the conversation into English and let them check it. The bold text is a preview of the new grammar that you are going to learn in this lesson.

Learn New Chinese Sentence Patterns

The grammar in book 3 is slightly harder than books 1 and 2 but there’s nothing here that you can’t handle. In fact, the grammar is generally a continuation of sentences patterns you have already learned. Each new grammar rule begins with the example from the conversation (in bold text) followed by its English translation. Then an example sentence using the new grammar rule is given. You are now expected to come up with at least an additional 5 sentences for every new grammar rule. To save time later, note down the English translation beneath the sentences you come up with and get them checked.

Handwritten Chinese Articles

There are some articles at the end of each chapter that contain new vocabulary you will learn in future chapters. Most of the articles are handwritten, giving you excellent exposure to how native usually write Chinese characters. You will probably struggle with this at first but just read the article as best you can and check the typed version for words you can’t recognize clearly.

PAVC Chinese Audio CD

The audio CD that comes with PAVC book 3 is much better compared to the CD’s for books 1 and 2. It includes all conversations and vocabulary sentences from the book, and the speakers speak Chinese at a much quicker speed. Listen to the CD at any time on its own or while going through the book.

Recording Material

Collect all the sentences and there corresponding translation from the vocabulary and grammar sections ready for recording. If you are used to this practice from books 1 and 2 then this should be no problem. A free tool for recording your voice can be found here: 25 Essential Chinese Learning Tools You Should Know About. You don’t have to record any vocabulary words or sentence pattern descriptions because you are simply trying to improve your speaking and listening skills. Grab your voice recorder or smartphone app and your extensive sentence list to begin recording. Note: the full method and reasons behind it can be found here: How to Improve Your Chinese Learning by Recording Your Voice.

Practice Often and Become Fluent

By following this advice, books 3 and 4 should provide way more beneficial practice in speaking, listening, understanding, reading, and writing than books 1 and 2. If at this stage in your learning, you have an interest in memorizing Chinese characters then why not write out all the sentences that you use to record in a notebook? This post can explain more about Writing Chinese to Become Fluent. Moreover, writing Chinese everyday can has significant benefits to your health. For more info on the health benefits of writing Chinese, please visit Improve Health, Promote Longevity and Reduce Stress by Writing Chinese Every Day. If you have learned how to type in Chinese, then why not type out all the conversations into one long story? Both of these methods will give you a great reference to come back to later.