Learn Mandarin while you brush your teeth or shave? Read how Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew does it! A Prime Minister as an interpretor? Find out when and why MM Lee had to do it. For the first time, this towering figure of the island-state's politics gives a first-hand account of How he has learnt Mandarin over the last 50 years and kept it alive. When and Why had he decided to learn the language? Where did he get hold of the learning materials? Who he practises his Mandarin with? What spurs him on? MM Lee goes beyond these 5Ws and 1H in Keeping My Mandarin Alive, to share the agony of a late Chinese language learner and how he has overcome the difficulties - he strove to learn Mandarin only at age 32 (from 1955) and Hokkien at age 38 (from 1961). The comprehensive package also details how the English-educated Lee has been relating Mandarin to his master language in an effort to grasp the former and unravels how the latest technology has helped him in his quest.
Edited by Dr Chua Chee Lay, one of MM Lees Chinese tutors, Keeping My Mandarin Alive comprises: a book detailing his lifelong pursuit peppered with interesting photographs and comments from his Chinese tutors; a DVD capturing snippets of an exclusive interview with Lee Kuan Yew and the software he has been using to learn Mandarin; samples of materials that Lee Kuan Yew has been using to pick up the language; a guide on what resources (Chinese software, useful websites and dictionaries, among others) one can tap on to learn Mandarin
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd