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Easy travel chinese, July 10, 2003
Unless you have studied foreign languages since those college days,
don't even try to actually learn Chinese before traveling to China. This
concise and well laid-out book is all you need. It gives essential
information on basic Chinese grammar and pronunciation and then breaks
into various scenarios to provide words and phrases that you might need.
For each word or phrase it gives English, pinyin, pronunciation and
Chinese characters. The Chinese characters are convenient to have in case
your pronunciation or tone (you'll learn about tone in the book) is a bit
off. For example, after asking the maid several days in a row to leave
three towels instead of two and her shaking her head in agreement but
still left only two, I simply copied the Chinese characters from the book
and taped the note to the towel rack; we got three towels from then on!
The book also includes a brief (60 page) dictionary in the back and it is
small in size, so it is easy to carry around with you. When I bought my
copy the tape was not part of the package, but I am sure that it can only
be an additional asset.