Months of the Year: Practice Listening

1. Saying Hello

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2. Introduction to Tones

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3. Ordering a Coffee

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4. Airport - Arriving

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5. Taxi - Going to Hotel

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6. Hotel - Checking In

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7. Numbers 1-10

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8. Breakfast

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9. Shopping

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10. Introducing yourself

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11. Meeting a Colleague

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12. Going for Lunch

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13. Ordering Lunch

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14. Numbers 11 to 999

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15. In the Office

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16. Telling the Time

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17. Ordering Dinner

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18. Having Dinner

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19. Days of the Week

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20. Booking a Day Trip

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21. Sightseeing

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22. Taking the Subway

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23. Asking for Directions

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24. Buying a Phone

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25. At the Bar

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26. Karaoke with Friends

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27. Planning Meeting

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28. Giving a Presentation

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29. Leisure Centre

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30. Talking about Family

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31. Months of the Year

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32. Weather

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33. Visiting the Bank

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34. At the Market

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35. At the Post Office

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36. Sightseeing

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37. Contract Extension

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38. Café Lunch

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39. Apartment Search

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40. Hotel Checking Out

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Dani arrives as Leo is checking flight prices to fly to America next August for a family wedding. Dani teaches him how to tell somebody this in Mandarin Chinese, and how to talk about about his other plans. Dani instructs Leo on how to refer to this year, last year, or any other year in Mandarin Chinese. Dani then explains the names for the various months of the year in Chinese, which Leo is glad to hear they are based on numbers!

Although in modern Mandarin Chinese the months are simply numbered, there is also old names for each month which are not in common use today. These are mainly based on flower names, such as 'Peach blossoms month' for March or 'Lotus blossoms month' for June. This ties in with the importance of agriculture in Chinese life, and shows how the main purpose of the calendar was to assist with planning and timing the farming tasks for the year.

About our Listening Exercises

Learn Chinese pronunciation by selecting the correct Chinese sound that represents the word or sentence shown. This will be an important tool to help you learn Chinese by improving your listening skills and helping you to engage in conversation. You will find that you can understand a large amount of sentences based on different combinations of the words you have learned up to now! Our Listening exercises are designed to help you practice and learn Chinese online without the need to use separate CDs, cassettes or podcasts. You can start to practice and learn Chinese free by availing of our first 10 free chapters.

Usability Tips

The below shortcuts allow you to use your keyboard in completing this exercise:

Press 1: Selects option number 1
Press 2: Selects option number 2
Press 3: Selects option number 3
Press 4: Selects option number 4

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