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Chinese For Dummies

Abraham, Wendy


3. Edition November 2018
400 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-47544-6
John Wiley & Sons

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The fun way to learn to speak Chinese

With more than 1.2 billion speakers across the globe -- and with nearly 3 million in the U.S. alone -- Mandarin Chinese claims the top spot as the world's most common language. If you want to learn this language to get ahead at school or work, or to make your travel to China easier, this is the handy reference you'll want by your side.

Chinese For Dummies teaches basic grammar, as well as the necessary vocabulary to make introductions and greetings, use proper etiquette, make small talk, make transportation arrangements, order food and beverages, ask directions, deal with money, shop, access recreation, and handle an emergency.
* Concentrates on Mandarin Chinese and features new and revised content
* Includes major updates to all the necessary foundational information needed to speak Chinese
* Covers grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations
* Offers a refreshed mini-dictionary complete with even more vocabulary
* Find free conversational audio tracks online

As the Chinese economy continues to grow, the importance of Chinese as a trade language will also increase. If you're a student or business professional who has a basic understanding of the language, you'll be poised to surpass your peers when it comes to dealing with international markets. So get started today!

Introduction 1

Part 1: Getting Started with Chinese 7

Chapter 1: Chinese in a Nutshell: The Spoken Word 9

Chapter 2: The Written Word: Checking Out Chinese Characters 21

Chapter 3: Warming Up with the Basics: Chinese Grammar 31

Chapter 4: Getting Started with Basic Expressions: N? HÎo! 51

Chapter 5: Getting Your Numbers, Times, and Measurements Straight 65

Chapter 6: Speaking Chinese at Home 85

Part 2: Chinese in Action 97

Chapter 7: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 99

Chapter 8: Dining Out and Shopping for Food 111

Chapter 9: Shopping Made Easy 137

Chapter 10: Exploring the Town 157

Chapter 11: Taking Care of Telecommunications 169

Chapter 12: Chinese at School and Work 187

Chapter 13: Recreation and Outdoor Activities 207

Part 3: Chinese on the Go 219

Chapter 14: Planning a Trip 221

Chapter 15: Making Cents of Money 233

Chapter 16: Getting Around 249

Chapter 17: Asking for Directions 267

Chapter 18: Finding a Place to Stay 281

Chapter 19: Handling Emergencies 297

Part 4: The Part of Tens 311

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Learn Chinese Quickly 313

Chapter 21: Ten Things Never to Do in China 317

Part 5: Appendixes 321

Appendix A: Chinese-English Mini-Dictionary 323

Appendix B: Chinese Verbs 355

Appendix C: Fun & Games Answer Key 359

Index 365
Dr. Wendy Abraham is an award-winning public speaker who has taught Chinese language, literature, and culture at universities throughout the U.S. Wendy is the creator and director of international academic, cultural, and travel programs, holds a doctorate from Columbia University, and pursued a PhD in Chinese literature at Stanford University.

FREE access to conversational audio tracks online