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Chinese for Dummies

Chinese for Dummies

Author: Wendy Abraham
Series: For Dummies
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Description

The fast and easy way to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese


China has become a major influence in the world today, and Mandarin Chinese is the world's most widely spoken language. Not only is China full of opportunities in business and politics, but Chinese culture, continues to make its way into the western world.


With an updated CD including real-life conversations, Chinese For Dummies expands grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations—and includes a refreshed mini-dictionary complete with even more essential vocabulary.



  • Basic vocabulary

  • Everyday conversations, including phone dialogue and small talk

  • Speaking in perfect pitch and tone

  • Easy-to-understand grammar rules

  • Getting around in a Chinese-speaking country

  • Cultural references like maintaining face, dining etiquette, and social mores


Also included is an audio CD that features actual Chinese conversations by native Chinese speakers, which allows you to hear how Chinese is really spoken. Written by a leading Chinese language teacher in the United States, Chinese for Dummies introduces an often-daunting language to you in a fun-and-easy For Dummies manner.


CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

Author description

Dr. Wendy Abraham has taught Chinese language, literature, and culture at universities throughout the United States. She has Master's degrees in both Chinese Language and Education, an EdD in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and was a PhD candidate in Chinese literature at Stanford University. Dr. Abraham has lived in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, where she conducted post-graduate research on oracle bones and the origins of the Chinese writing system.

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started 7 Chapter 1: Chinese in a Nutshell 9 Chapter 2: The Written Word: Checking out Chinese Characters 21 Chapter 3: Warming Up with the Basics: Chinese Grammar 31 Chapter 4: Getting Started with Basic Expressions: N.." H..GBPo! 51 Chapter 5: Getting Your Numbers, Times, and Measurements Straight 65 Chapter 6: Speaking Chinese at Home 85 Part II: Chinese in Action 97 Chapter 7: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 99 Chapter 8: Dining Out and Shopping for Food 111 Chapter 9: Shopping Made Easy 137 Chapter 10: Exploring the Town 159 Chapter 11: Taking Care of Telecommunications 171 Chapter 12: Chinese at School and at Work 187 Chapter 13: Recreation and Outdoor Activities 205 Part III: Chinese on the Go 217 Chapter 14: Planning a Trip 219 Chapter 15: Making Cents of Money 231 Chapter 16: Getting Around 247 Chapter 17: Asking for Directions 265 Chapter 18: Finding a Place to Stay 279 Chapter 19: Handling Emergencies 295 Part IV: The Part of Tens 309 Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Learn Chinese Quickly 311 Chapter 21: Ten Things Never to Do in China 315 Part V: Appendixes 319 Appendix A: Mini-Dictionary 321 Appendix B: Chinese Verbs 343 Appendix C: On the CD 347 Appendix D: Answer Key 349 Index 355

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781118436660
  • : John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • : John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • : March 2013
  • : 250mm X 150mm
  • : United States
  • : April 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : General Adult
  • : 2012955832
  • : 384
  • : Illustrationsstrations
  • : Wendy Abraham
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised Edition
  • : en
  • : 495.182421