- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: Bilingual Books (WA); Revised edition (January 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 0944502105
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 12 reviews.
|34 of 34 people found the following review
Good 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.
|13 of 14 people found the following review
EXCELLENT TOOL FOR BEGINNER STUDENT, December 6, 2005
I have to start this review saying that i thought more than 4 times
before buy this book.
For me the title was not to atractive (not too serious for a formal
chinese student). But i have to say that since i received this book
(with other three books to learn chinese), it got my atention.
This book has colorfull pages, beautiful illustrations, lot of useful
vocabulary, and an interested way to introduce new chinese word in every
text, even in english text.
Teachs you from you own language, make reference between english grammar
and chinese grammar.
This book it's not ambitious, doesnt include chinese caracthers, it's
focus on speak, and not to read.
With this book you will learn (at least) to say in chinese:
Where is the table? (nar you ....)
This is the chicken (zhe shi yi ge ji).
I want tea, (wo yao cha).
1,2,3,4,5... 1359...(yi, er, san, si, etc)
Red, blue, gray (hongse, lanse, etc)...
This is, that is (zhe shi, na shi).
Today is monday, see you tomorrow (jintian shi xingqi yi, mingtian jian).
Also include stickers with objects in chinese to stick to your table,
clock, window, sofa, cat, etc,
At the end you will have a small vocabulary, but believe me, the way
will be really funny.
The only lack of this book it's that doesn't include a CD, it's really
important to listen the pronunciation, especially if it's purpose of the
It's a good tool for beginners, and if you want to start by yourself
(and that's a lot if we talk about chinese).
from the South of the World (Chile)
PD: Sorry for my english... i just speak spanish and a little bit of
|1 of 1 people found the following review
Iceberg, March 2, 2006
This is a good introductory book to Mandarin, but by itself it is
incomplete. Correct pronunciation of basic sounds is critical to a
non-native speaker before jumping too far into the language. Still, I'm
a visual hands-on learner and I appreciate the visual association of
words with objects as opposed to systems that employ only spoken
lessons. What works best for me is a combination of the two.
Consequently, an accompanying tape or CD would enhance this book
Easy 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.
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 look up.
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.
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.
|10 of 11 people found the following review
2.5 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