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Chinese For Dummies (For Dummies (Language & Literature)) (Paperback)



Chinese For Dummies  (For Dummies (Language & Literature)) (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Wendy Abraham
Format: paperback
Emphasis: NA
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
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Book Description
Features real-world examples and a mini-dictionary

Your friendly guide to understanding Chinese - quickly and easily!

Curious about Chinese? Whether you're a student, a traveler, doing international business, or you just want to pick up basic Chinese, this clear, easy-to-follow guide will have you pronouncing words in standard Mandarin like a native speaker. From grammar, numbers, and vocabulary to greetings, popular expressions, and proper etiquette, you'll make yourself understood in no time!

Discover how to
* Have everyday conversations
* Speak in "perfect pitch"
* Construct sentences
* Understand cultural rules and taboos
* Get around in a Chinese-speaking country

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The perfect beginner's guide to understanding and communicating in Chinese Chinese language and culture are becoming increasingly appealing to people both in and out of the business world. Chinese For Dummies is for anyone who wants to learn or brush up on their skills in basic Chinese. Focusing on China's official dialect, Mandarin, this easy-to-follow guide covers proper pronunciation, basic grammar and numbers, vocabulary, and proper etiquette and gestures. Readers will discover how to make small talk, order food in restaurants, make travel arrangements, and be both a gracious guest and a wonderful host, as well as understand the basics of Chinese culture. --This text refers to the Digital edition.

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Features real-world examples and a mini-dictionary

Your friendly guide to understanding Chinese quickly and easily!

Curious about Chinese? Whether you're a student, a traveler, doing international business, or you just want to pick up basic Chinese, this clear, easy-to-follow guide will have you pronouncing words in standard Mandarin like a native speaker. From grammar, numbers, and vocabulary to greetings, popular expressions, and proper etiquette, you'll make yourself understood in no time!

Discover how to

  • Have everyday conversations
  • Speak in "perfect pitch"
  • Construct sentences
  • Understand cultural rules and taboos
  • Get around in a Chinese-speaking country



About the Author
Dr. Wendy Abraham has taught Chinese language, literature, culture, and religion at universities throughout the U.S. She is currently finishing her second doctorate in Chinese Literature at Stanford.

 

Product Details
 
  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; Bk&CD-Rom edition (July 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0764583751
  • Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 4 reviews.

Customer Reviews

 

not for beginning beginners! , April 13, 2006
 
Reviewer: Kafrin (NC)

If you have no previous exposure to Chinese, this book/CD will make you FEEL like a Dummy! You are expected to repeat entire phrases and sentences from the start. It's better for a beginner who has already done some basic work in Chinese. However the book is wonderful for explaining Chinese culture, and the author definitely conveys her own love for China and the people and language. The cultural notes are fascinating and definitely more accessible for "dummies" than the audio section. If you are a beginner looking for a "step 2" program the CD is a great challenge and introduces a lot of new vocabulary.


 

good as a supplement, not a main textbook, October 25, 2005
 
Reviewer: Annie (Quezon City, Philippines)

this book is a good supplement IF you're already taking mandarin classes. but this book is not enough for a self-study course. it is much too simplistic for that.


 

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

A good 2nd book, October 7, 2005
 

Reviewer: Stephen Leahy (Appleton, WI United States)

This book suffers from two problems. One is that it throws readers directly into conversation and overwhelms them. I used the book to pick up a few cultural niceties, but my Chinese friends laughed at my failure to use the correct tones. The other problem is that it is shoehorned into the Dummies framework of organizing books rather than trying to absolute novices the basics first. This book has good appendixes and other reference material. It would be a great second book after you have mastered another approach of learning basic Chinese. I quickly ditched this approach, and bought the Pimsleur series.


 

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Chinese for Dummies, August 21, 2005
 

Reviewer: Patrick A. Baio "ching lung" (Chicago, Illinois)

I needed a good book on Chinese language to prepare for my fiance coming next month from Shanghai. I had already bought several books on Chinese language and each had different approaches to laying out the land of a somewhat difficult language.
When I received Chinese for Dummies, I skimmed through the varius chapters and saw that the format used in the book, made it easier to understand the language and the "chinese mind" that I beleive the other books lacked in scope.
I ended up using the chapters as a template for lesson plans, not only for myself, but for teaching my fiance English.
The additional CD made it easier by "hearing" the tonal structure
of the Chinese, something the other books disappointedly lacked.
I highly recommend this book.





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