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Grammar Patterns

Posted by rambobender July 8, 2011 in the Group General Discussion .


I'm a new subscriber to ChinesePod, so I wanted to ask people for advice on how to use the service better. So far, I've been listening to the advanced lessons, and while I find that they often include vocabulary I don't know, the basic format of dialogue generally means that the grammar used is beginner or intermediate level at best. As a result, the dialogues turn out not to be particularly good practice for listening comprehension--they just become ways of learning and remembering new words. But they are of little help in learning to understand and formulate the kinds of complicated sentences that are used in actual Chinese conversation to express complex ideas. Previously I attended a Chinese program in Beijing that gave its students listening materials that were for their third-year course far advanced of what is offered in ChinesePod's advanced section.

So my question is, is there a higher level of difficulty than "advanced" on this site? Or if not, can I suggest that in the future advanced lessons begin to incorporate more complicated grammar patterns and longer sentences?

Sorry if this is a question that is easily answered or has been answered previously. I only have access to the internet very sporadically, and haven't had the time to do a comprehensive search of the site.




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