Chinese For Dummies, Rev. focuses on China's official dialect, Mandarin and includes guidelines so that readers can pronounce words in standard Mandarin like a native speaker. This book teaches basic Chinese grammar and numbers, vocabulary to make introductions and greetings, address with proper etiquette and gestures and helps readers make great first impressions.
Included are thorough sections that addresses from making small talk, to transportation arrangements, phone conversations, grocery shopping, ordering food in a restaurant, to both being a gracious guest and a wonderful host. This is not only a guide to understanding and communicating the Chinese language, but also provides a reference to basics of Chinese culture.
Table of contents :
Part I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: Getting to Know a Little Chinese.
Chapter 2: The Nitty Gritty: Basic Chinese Grammar and Numbers.
Chapter 3: Introductions and Greetings: Ni Hao!
Part II: Chinese in Action.
Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk.
Chapter 5: Eating and Drinking: Ganbei!
Chapter 6: Shopping Made Easy.
Chapter 7: Exploring the Town.
Chapter 8: Enjoying Yourself: Recreation and Sports.
Chapter 9: Talking on the Phone.
Chapter 10: At the Office and Around the House.
Part III: Chinese on the Go.
Chapter 11: Money, Money, Money.
Chapter 12: Taking the Road Less Traveled: Asking for (and Giving) Directions.
Chapter 13: Staying at a Hotel.
Chapter 14: Transportation.
Chapter 15: Traveling Abroad.
Chapter 16: Handling Emergencies.
Part IV: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Pick Up Chinese Quickly.
Chapter 18: Ten Things Never to Do in China.
Chapter 19: Ten Favorite Chinese Expressions.
Chapter 20: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Chinese.
Part V: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Chinese Verbs.
Appendix B: Chinese-English Mini-Dictionary.
Appendix C: Answer Key.
Appendix D: About the CD.
Market Description :
Chinese For Dummies, Rev. appeals primarily to readers who would like to learn or to brush up on their skills in basic Chinese for fun, travel, school, or business. It also serves as an aid or supplemental guide for people who are taking or even teaching a course in basic Chinese.
About Author :
Dr. Wendy Abraham has taught Chinese language, literature, culture and religion at universities throughout the U.S. She has lived, studied and worked in both Taiwan and the People's Republic of China for extended periods of time, and did post-graduate research in Taiwan on oracle bones, bronze inscriptions and the origins of the Chinese writing system. In addition to teaching the Chinese language in the United States, she was also Resident Director of Chinese language programs for American students in both Beijing and Shanghai in the 1980s through the Center for International Educational Exchange. As an offshoot of the topic of her first doctoral dissertation at the Columbia University on the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng, and her many years of research and publication in that area, she also created her own tour company, Jewish Historical Tours of China, in 1997.