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Liam Doherty on How to Counquer the Four Tones

Room 384

Dear members,

Liam Doherty is a graduate student at UBC. His specialty is teaching Chinese as a foreign language. As a learner himself, he has successfully managed to know Chinese better than average native speakers of Chinese.

With lots of first hand experiences and the professional training, Liam has worked on how to teach CSL speakers to conquer the four tones in Mandarin. He is preparing the lesson plan and we will have him as our guest speaker on November 13 evening.

Lesson plan rundown:

1. Introduction (5 min.)
2. Quick Review: Mandarin Tones (20 min.)
3. Group Discussion: Common Myths About Tones (20 min.)
4. How to Master the Four Tones (20 min.)
5. Social Exercise/Practise: Four Tones Bingo! (30 min.)
6. Group Discussion / Round 1 Winners (10 min.)
7. Bingo Round 2 (30 min.)
8. Group Discussion / Round 2 Winners (10 min.)
9. DIY: Make Your Own Tone Correction Machine! (5 min.)


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  • Aaron P.

    Some of you may have heard that I'm wrapping up a project I've been working on for the past several months. It's an eBook on how to learn Chinese characters and is aimed at beginners, as well as those people who are just having trouble grasping how to read, write, and understand Chinese characters in general.

    I will be selling this eBook online starting Dec. 25, but I wanted to first give out five free copies to this group since I have had such a fun time participating in all the various club activities and meeting many interesting people over the past half year.

    If you are interested in receiving a free copy, please email [masked] on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 8:00am. Please also include "Van Mandarin Club Free eBook" as the subject line. I will then check for the first five emails timestamped as 8:00am or later.

    If you would like to glance at what you'll find inside, please visit the following link:

    Happy holidays!


    December 18, 2012

  • Tom B.

    Liam's system of organizing the words by tonal patterns is very interesting and I hope to incorporate it into my learning style. He presented the matter clearly and got us started using the system right there during class. A big thanks to Liam and to Gerrie for arranging to make it happen!!

    November 15, 2012

  • Kai H.

    Easy to understand. A very practical approach to learning the 4 sounds and applying it to expand our vocabulary.

    November 14, 2012

  • Eli C.

    I would have preferred diving right into the information as opposed to discussing what we were going to learn for the first hour. The meeting could have been shorter instead, however, really enjoyed the interactive networking portion.

    November 14, 2012

  • Gerrie

    I am so glad that I invited Liam to give this workshop and he did such a great job introducing this it. I will talk with him for future possibilities for sure.

    November 14, 2012

  • Paul

    Really excellent presentation.

    November 14, 2012

  • George W.

    Tremendous strategy ...!

    November 13, 2012

  • Cody W.

    Great enthusiasm and very valuable instruction. Thank you!!!!!

    November 13, 2012

  • Jenn M.

    He uses a methodical and scientific approach that could very well work with me. I couldn't stay due to another pre-scheduled commitment. Hope he'll offer it again or a course.

    November 13, 2012

  • Stephen M.

    Hen hao

    November 13, 2012

  • Sandra

    Great! Would have liked to hear more about his experience and advice in studying Mandarin.

    November 13, 2012

  • Jack F.

    I have a great tool that I can use.

    November 13, 2012

  • George W.

    One day when you are feeling curious you may like to look at: 'Welcome to the Mnemosyne Project' ~ for Linux, Mac and Win; also synching to MemoGoGo on Android and others... Take it as easily or seriously as you have time for. And don't forget the documentation.

    November 13, 2012

  • Aaron P.

    Hopefully no one minds if this is posted here, but there is now also a Cantonese Meet-Up group for anyone interested in learning Cantonese. It was actually created by Liam Doherty, and although there are no events yet as this group was just created several days ago, feel free to sign up and you will see some coming your way soon!

    November 12, 2012

  • Raeann N.

    I'm not fluent in mandarin but have studied it in the past and would like to brush up and meet other mandarin speakers, can I go?

    November 8, 2012

    • Stephen M.


      November 8, 2012

  • Gerrie

    Dear all, sorry that I didn't realize that Nov 12 is a holiday. We will not be open. The correct date should be November 13th evening.

    October 23, 2012

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