Question 1: How can I download Chinese lessons from this Website?
Answer: Subscribers will have instant access to ALL 200+ lessons, full PDF transcript of each and every lesson (simplified and traditional versions), PDF worksheets, extra audio dialogues and video tutorials.
Question 2: Where can I download the PDF transcripts and worksheets of all lessons?
Answer: First, please signup, then log into your account at www.melnyks.com and you will see them under the title ‘Your Subscriptions’.
Question 3: I lost my user name or password, can you help me?
Answer: Definitely! You can also try to recover your password by filling out the lost password field which you will see after you fail to login.
Question 4: How can I download ALL lessons into my iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android?
Answer: It’s very easy! Just login as a premium subscriber on melnyks.com and follow the link “Transfer all lessons into your iPod, iPhone, iPad etc.”. You will be able to download all audio lessons automatically into iTunes and Podcast apps.
Question 5: How many lessons are in this course? Are you still producing them?
Answer: We produce a new lesson every week, so the number of lessons is growing. Currently, there are over 256 online Mandarin Chinese audio lessons on different topics. First 100 lessons will give you a solid foundation in the language, so you can continue to build your vocabulary and acquire the language sense. Each new lesson will expand and improve what you already know, introduce new situations and teach you the nuances of the language used in these situations. 200+ stand alone audio dialogues are available for premium subscribers as well.
Question 6: Please tell me more about subscribing. How much does it cost?
Answer: All information can be found here. Each subscription includes access to ALL audio lessons, extra audio dialogues (great for reviewing), full PDF transcripts (a situational dialogue and vocabulary with tons of practical examples and explanations), review worksheets, video tutorials and more. If you don’t want to download or have a limited access to the Internet, we can send you an audio DVD disk with ALL audio lessons and the corresponding PDF transcripts on it, please see the link above.
Question 7: When I start this Mandarin Chinese course, will I be on my own? What kind of support can I count on?
Answer: No matter what lesson you are on, whenever you have a question or something is not clear to you, you can either leave a comment on this Website or email us directly. There is also online community of current subscribers where you can talk to other members.
If you need a recommendation on where to study Mandarin Chinese in China, please drop us a line.
Question 8: What’s the difference between simplified and traditional transcripts?
Answer: The difference is in Chinese characters in the transcripts. In simplified transcripts simplified Chinese characters are used and in traditional-traditional Chinese characters. Traditional characters is what was used in China before 1949. After People’s Republic of China was declared, Chinese government made a reform of the writing system in order to elliminate the illiteracy among Chinese peasants. A part of this reform was to throw away some strokes of the characters and make the characters easier to write and to learn.
However in Taiwan, where it’s still officially the Republic of China, traditional Chinese characters are still used. In Mainland China, all books written before 1949 are using traditional or ‘correct’ form of Chinese characters, including those written thousands of years ago, like Tang poems, etc.
Other than this, there is no difference in the transcripts, we use pinyin in both versions.