Chinese Phrases For DummiesNew
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China has become a major influence in the world today. Not only is China full of opportunities in business and politics, but Chinese culture, such as movies and literature, are also making their way into the western world. And with Chinese as the second most widely- spoken foreign language in America, more and more Americans are exposed to its language and culture. This revised edition of "Chinese for Dummies" shows you the basics of Mandarin Chinese and culture points that will make great impressions while communicating.Many Americans are taking time to learn Chinese, especially since it is becoming one of the most widely used languages in the world. Currently, there are: Over 1 billion people speak some form of ChineseMore Chinese speakers in the United States than French or German speakers102.6 million internet users who obtain access using ChineseAt least 25 million people worldwide who are learning Chinese
"Chinese For Dummies" will show you how to communicate effectively in Chinese as well as inform you on Chinese culture. Some of the topics this book covers include: Basic vocabularyEveryday conversations, including phone dialogue and small talkSpeaking in perfect pitch and toneEasy-to-understand grammar rulesGetting around in a Chinese-speaking countryCultural 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" will introduce an often daunting language to you in a fun-and-easy "For Dummies" manner.
From the Back Cover Hundreds of useful phrases at your fingertips Speak Chinese ― instantly!
Traveling to China but don't know Chinese? Taking Chinese at school but need to kick up your conversation skills? Don't worry! This handy little phrasebook will have you speaking Chinese in no time.
Discover how to
Get directions, shop, and eat out Talk numbers, dates, time, and money Chat about family and work Discuss sports and the weather Deal with problems and emergencies --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author Wendy Abraham is the Associate Director of the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies and the Asian Religions & Cultures Initiative. She has taught courses on Chinese language, Chinese literature, and Asian cultures at Hunter College, Georgetown University, New York University, and Stanford University, where she’s currently pursuing her second doctorate in modern Chinese literature. She spent a year researching Shang Dynasty oracle bones in Taiwan, which sparked her deep interest in the development of China’s written language. Wendy has directed Chinese language programs for American students in Beijing and Shanghai and has interpreted for high-level arts delegations from China. Her first doctoral dissertation from Teachers College (Columbia University) was on the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng, a subject about which she has written widely and continues to lecture frequently throughout the United States. She also created Jewish Historical Tours of China, bringing people to visit Shanghai and Kaifeng on educational trips. Her interest in all things Chinese continues unabated. --This text refers to the paperback edition.