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Chinese At a Glance (Paperback)

Chinese At a Glance (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Scott D. Seligman, I-Chuan Chen
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Travelers Chinese, Chinese Phrases
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
List Price: $8.95

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Book Description
This language phrasebook presents more than 1,500 Chinese expressions with translations to help English-speaking travelers get around in hotels, airports, train stations, restaurants, and other travel sites. The newly revised edition has been improved with more attractive and useful city maps, availability of ATMs, faxes, and other modern facilities in far-away cities and towns, and much more.

Language Notes
Text: English, Chinese

Product Details
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2 edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0764112503
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 3.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 3 reviews.

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Two books in one! Phrase book and dictionary, February 22, 2005

Reviewer: David Robinson (Oakland, CA United States)

This book is just what it promises: A phrase book that concentrates on practical tourist and business situations and a brief dictionary that will help you get around. It's not an attempt to teach you Mandarin Chinese, but if you visit China with no language skills you'd be able to make a stab at one or two phrases--to the delight or amusement of your hosts. It is especially valuable in the pronunciation guide and the words in the book are marked with diacriticals so you have a hope of approximating the difficult tonal aspects of the language. It's written by Scott Seligman whose book on Chinese Business Etiquette is also invaluable.


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Great pocket sized travel dictionary., February 14, 2003

Reviewer: mhnstr (Baltimore, MD United States)

I would not suggest this book as a means of learning Chinese. Nor is this a book you would want to use for the translation of Chinese documents into English. The reasons being that only a few hundred words are in the dictionary and the book does not concentrate on grammar. Rather, the intention of this book is to be a handy travel dictionary and in this function, the book works very well.

I carried this book with me everywhere during my year of travel in China. The first edition of the book was written during the time when foreigners could only shop in the Friendship Stores and so some of the shopping and restaurants phrases were a bit out of date. However, the book presents a translation of words and phrases, separated by topics such as "at the restaurant" or "at the hotel".

There are words and phrases for use at the hotel such as "I would like to pay my bill", or "There is a problem with my room." You will find the words for dozens of foods which are arranged for example in groups of meat, vegetables or dessert which is very convenient when you go to a restaurant. Best of all, the book not only shows the pinyon, but also the characters. So, even if you can not pronounce the word correctly, you have the characters to show the waitress what you want to order. Very handy!


3 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Just a phrasebook -- won't teach the language, February 7, 2000

Reviewer: P. Parker "Call me Leo" (Seattle, WA United States)

This consists of two phrasebooks: "Chinese at a Glance" (Seligan, Chen) and a very similar credit-card sized version. The tape does nothing but read from the smaller phrasebook. The larger book makes a small attempt to explain pronunciation. But neither makes any attempt to explain the grammar or anything about the language except by giving whole-sentence examples. The larger book has a small C-E E-C dictionary in the back.

The two phrasebooks cover the same material, but with the phrases in a different order, making it impossible to follow the tape in the larger book. The type in the smaller book is very small, making the intonation marks almost illegible sometimes.

Either book is very portable on a trip. The smaller one is really tiny, so if you're looking for a highly portable phrasebook, this isn't a bad choice. But this is a poor choice for learning the language.


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