Chinese For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 5, 2013 - Foreign Language Study - 384 pages
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The fast and easy way to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese

China has become a major influence in the world today, and Mandarin Chinese is the world's most widely spoken language. Not only is China full of opportunities in business and politics, but Chinese culture, continues to make its way into the western world.

With an updated CD including real-life conversations, Chinese For Dummies expands grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations—and includes a refreshed mini-dictionary complete with even more essential vocabulary.

  • Basic vocabulary
  • Everyday conversations, including phone dialogue and small talk
  • Speaking in perfect pitch and tone
  • Easy-to-understand grammar rules
  • Getting around in a Chinese-speaking country
  • Cultural references like maintaining face, dining etiquette, and social mores

Also included is an audio CD that features actual Chinese conversations by native Chinese speakers, which allows you to hear how Chinese is really spoken. Written by a leading Chinese language teacher in the United States, Chinese for Dummies introduces an often-daunting language to you in a fun-and-easy For Dummies manner.

CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.


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This book is an excellent addin to a more comprehensive study of Chinese. It includes many useful phrases and examples. The main problem is that even though a CD is included only a very small ... Read full review


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The Written Word Checking out Chinese
Warming Up with the Basics Chinese Grammar
Getting Started with Basic Expressions fli Hao
Getting Your Numbers Times
How bout those halves?
Speaking Chinese at Home
Chinese at School and at Work
Recreation and Outdoor Activities
Part III Chinese on the
Making Cents of Money
Getting Around
Asking for Directions
Specifying Cardinal Points
Finding a Place to Stay

Part 11 Chinese in Aetion
Dining Out and Shopping for Food
Shopping Made Easy
Exploring the Town
Taking Care of Telecommunications
Handling Emergencies
Part IV The Part of Tens
Ten Things Never to Do in China

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About the author (2013)

Dr. Wendy Abraham has taught Chinese language, literature, and culture at universities throughout the United States. She has Master's degrees in both Chinese Language and Education, an EdD in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and was a PhD candidate in Chinese literature at Stanford University. Dr. Abraham has lived in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, where she conducted post-graduate research on oracle bones and the origins of the Chinese writing system.

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