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Read and Speak Chinese for Beginners (Paperback)

Read and Speak Chinese for Beginners (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Cheng Ma, Jane Wightwick, Jane Wightwick
Format: paperback
Emphasis: NA
Level: Beginning
List Price: $16.95

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READ AND SPEAK LANGUAGES FOR BEGINNERS Basics made easy--and fun! Extraordinarily accessible and highly effective, Read and Speak Languages for Beginners guides make it easier than ever for English-speaking language learners to master the basics of three particularly difficult languages--Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese. Using a variety of ingenious educational tools that instruct as they entertain, these unique beginners' guides help learners conquer the difficulties presented by script as they master basic conversational sentence structures. Ideal for tourists and business travelers, the books are organized around the seven key areas of everyday life--names and nationality; naming objects; positions and places; describing possessions; appearances; family; and jobs and workplaces--and feature: Clear explanations of how basic phrases are used for practical communication Entertaining activities, games, and puzzles Illustrated flash cards that help in the memorization of key phrases A 60-minute CD, featuring speaking and listening exercises and audio games

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Chinese basics made easy--and fun!

Studying Chinese can be intimidating. Not only do you face the usual challenges of learning a new language--vocabulary, grammar, verb tenses--but you also have to contend with a non-Roman script. These formidable obstacles frustrate many learners. But now there is a program that helps you overcome these hurdles so you can be successful in your Chinese language studies.

The extraordinarily accessible Read & Speak Chinese for Beginners entertains you while you learn, lessening the anxiety of a new script and increasing your desire to master Chinese. This program teaches you basic vocabulary and explains sentence structures for eight key areas of everyday life--introducing yourself, saying where you're from, asking what things are, asking where things are located, describing objects and people, asking how to get around, talking about your family, and describing what you do. The accompanying CD features all the key words and phrases so you can hear how they are pronounced and repeat them after the speaker.

Inside you will find:

  • Clear explanations of how to use basic phrases in everyday conversations
  • Entertaining activities, games, and puzzles with which to check your progress
  • Illustrated flash cards to help you memorize key phrases
  • Listening exercises and audio games on the CD to further reinforce your comprehension

Whether you use this program on your own or as a supplement to your formal studies, Read & Speak Chinese for Beginners gives you the tools to overcome the difficulties presented by a non-Roman script and master the Chinese language.


Product Details
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0071412182
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 3 reviews.

Customer Reviews

Reading Characters for Beginners, November 20, 2005
Reviewer: Lori Ann "lahley" (Hendrix College)

Mandarin is a tonal language. This book does not show any tone marks on the pinyin romanization (the english pronounciation key to Chinese characters). That's the major downside. You won't be able to tell the difference in written or spoken pinyin between several, several words.
Other than that, it's basically a fun worksheet book full of useful vocabulary in pinyin (sans tones) and with characters. You won't learn how to draw the characters (no stroke orders), but obviously "Read and Speak" does not include "write". My Mandarin teacher uses this book and tells us what tones to write in, and shows us the stroke order on a board. The CD is quite helpful too, and you can pick-up the general sound of the word from that.
My native-Chinese teacher does find errors here and there, such as apparently "mouse" is not really composed of "little" and "rat" like it tells you; that just means a small-sized or a young rat. Then again, I've never found a book that doesn't have errors... I think the key is learning with a Chinese friend at hand to make sure you're not learning wrong!


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Great Start, June 16, 2005

Reviewer: Book woman (Ohio)

I am engaged to an Asian man and decided to learn Chinese. This book is a great way to start.

Each lesson begins with vocabulary: you hear the English equivalent first, then its Chinese counterpart while looking at the pinyin and symbol in the book. (For example: you hear "table," then "zhuo-zi" while you look at the written pin-yin and symbol.) You can cover the pinyin and try to remember/pronounce the chinese word for the English prompt.

Then, usually, a couple recorded,interactive, and simple conversations ensue which incorporate the recently learned vocabulary. And, no chapter is complete without symbol exercises (fill-in-the-blank, or describe the picture). Sometimes, there are games that you can cut out to reinforce your learning.

I've found this book & CD quite helpful and productive. For instance, last night in one of the exercises, I was using newly learned desciption words to describe an alien (ta you hen da de du-zi), and my fiance -- who was turned away from me and working on the computer -- laughed and asked "Who has a big stomach?" This reassured me that my developing skills corrolate into understandable language.

Chinese is less intimidating, and actually a bit fun, with Read & Speak. In the whole scheme of language learning, its place is to introduce foreign speakers to the basics of Chinese. Hopefully, Cheng Ma has/will create other books in this series so that I can continue with this teaching style as my language advances.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

so far so good, October 16, 2004

Reviewer: G. Morgan (USA)

I bought this book recently and have been studying it and listening to the cd for several days.
The cd really helps with pronunciation.
The only downside is that they don't use the accent marks in the book.


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