Transcripts and Worksheets
Lesson Transcripts are written texts of each lesson, they allow you to see the vocabulary, phrases and situational dialogs while listening to your Chinese audio lessons. Every word and expression is written in both Pinyin (Chinese Phonetic Alphabet) and Chinese Characters.
The PDF transcripts include full explanation, learning tips, additional vocabulary and grammar notes that are not available in the audio lessons. We announce the correct answers to the questions in the worksheets at the end of every lesson (starting from lesson 9).
What’s the difference between simplified and traditional PDF lesson transcripts?
The difference is in Chinese characters. 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 them 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 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 phonetic alphabet Pinyin in both versions.