Chinese For Dummies by Wendy Abraham

Chinese For Dummies by Wendy Abraham
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Chinese For Dummies

by Wendy Abraham

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

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.


Introduction. 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.