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Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day
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- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: Bilingual Books (WA); 6th edition (May 1, 1999)
- ISBN: 0944502105
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
- Average Customer Review:
based on 10 reviews.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful:
for everyday speaking, October 7, 2002
While I agree with the other reviews of the book that this is a very
accessible text for learning to speak Chinese, I feel I must mention
that it doesn't provide most of the Chinese characters for the words,
instead only writing them in pinyin. This is adequate for those who are
learning to speak Chinese and want to gain fluency in everyday speaking
and grammar use, but I did find it frustrating that I had to look
elsewhere for the characters. Additionally, I do feel that it would be
easier to learn some vocabulary with the Chinese characters - for
example the word for flowers, huar, is given, and the word for garden,
huaryuan. Are they related? Is it the same root word? Without the
character, there is no way to know.
That criticism aside, I do feel that Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day has
been very helpful in learning to speak Chinese. It provides a great deal
of everyday vocabulary from around the town and house, and presents it
in a fun format. It comes complete with stickers to label everyday
objects in your house, for example, which act as a constant reminder as
to the Chinese words.
I definately recommend this book, with the addition of a good
dictionary for the student interested in learning Chinese characters.
Avg. Customer Review:
and motivating, July 25, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
Nice things about this book: Pictures to accompany most words;
pronunciation of pinyin; groups of words with common root elements given
together; stickers to label your household (and your dog!); flashcards;
tips on how to incorporate study into your daily activities.
Could use: Audio & characters...that being said this can easily be
augmented by using Rosetta Stone's online free lessons to get the idea
of tones and pronunciations and lots of websites have characters you can
Summary: I love it. I've used other do-it-yourself language books and
gotten bored. The colour, "activities" and tips make this book
motivating and it is perfect for the raw beginner.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
introduction for travellers, July 12, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
Before buying (or reviewing) a language instruction book, you should
consider the purpose of the book. This book intends to give you some
basic speaking ability in Chinese in a relatively short amount of time,
to help you express yourself while traveling, shopping, eating, and
doing other typical tourist activities. It does an excellent job of
that. If you're looking for more than that, choose a book that better
meets your needs.
The book is divided into 24 lessons, with the suggestion you study
each one for 10 minutes. That's just 4 hours of study, plus however much
time you want to spend practicing. This won't make you fluent, won't
teach you to read/write characters, and it won't really help you
understand someone speaking Chinese to you, but it will give you the
basic speaking skills it aims to provide.
There are flash cards to cut out and practice with, and sticky labels
to put on things around your house. The words are written in Pinyin,
which is a romanization of Mandarin words based on their pronunciation.
Pinyin pronunciation isn't obvious to English readers, so the book
includes additional phonetic spelling. For example, it tells you the
PinYin word 'jie' is pronounced 'jee-eh'.
There are a number of exercises so you can practice what you've
learned, which helps you remember.
If you'd like to build a good foundation of common Chinese words and
phrases with a minimal amount of study time, then I think you'll be
happy with this book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
on a scale of 1-5, March 31, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
This book is basically a glorified list of vocabulary words. There are
no conversations and very few sentences in the book. It doesn't teach
much grammar, and seems to encourage using Chinese words with English
sentence structures. If this were my only text, it would be very bad,
but I'm finding it useful as a suplemetal text. The labels, pictures,
and flash cards are all useful, but only when used in conjunction with a
course or other book that actually teaches the language, not just the
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
way to learn common chinese, August 2, 2003
My boyfriend and I are going to be moving to China next year, and
since he knows absolutely no Chinese I thought this book would be
helpful. Now our whole house is labeled with stickers, and it is
working. Its a pretty quick and easy way to learn, I just wish it had
the charecters as well.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
useful, but lacks audio, May 8, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
The system is a pretty good one. There are lots of pictures, pages to
help you practice saying and writing the words, etc. The idea of doing
just a little bit each day is a good one. Unfortunately, there is no
audio tape. Audio is always so important for pronounciation, but this is
even more true with Chinese where tones are critical to the word's
meaning. I would not recommend this book for that reason.
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