Chinese For Dummies
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.
dyan nee kuh yee my shyweh jyah yan, shyahng yan, yan doe huh guh joong guh yahng duh yan tsaow; In a tobacco shop, you can buy cigars, cigarettes, pipes, and all kinds of tobacco.) ߜ Zài yíge zh∆bâo diàn nî kéyî mâi shôuzhuó, êrhuán, xiàngliàn, xi∂ngzh√n hé jièzhi. (dzye ee guh joo baow dyan nee kuh yee my show jwaw, are hwahn, shyahng lyan, shyoong juhn huh jyeh jir; In a jewelry store, you can buy bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pins, and rings.) When you finally make up your mind about what
where folks go for weekend antique shopping. The Ghost Market is so named because of the ungodly hour the vendors begin setting up shop — a time before sunrise when only ghosts can check out what’s on sale. If you purchase antiques in China, you need to have a red wax seal applied by the local cultural artifacts bureau before you can legally take it out of the country. Even though you’re dealing with antiques, you’re still allowed to haggle over the price, so don’t be shy trying to get the best
and retelling great works of Chinese history and literature. Performances abound, especially during the traditional festivals when everyone is off of work. Even though its title is Peking (Beijing) Opera, it actually originated in the Anhui and Hubei provinces. Originally staged for the royal family, it came to Beijing in 1790 and later became familiar to the general public. Thousands of local branches of Chinese Opera exist, each with a unique dialect. Opera is the one art form in a country of
clear in your message that the caller should leave a name and phone number after the h∆ (who; beep). Talkin’ the Talk Ruby calls Betty and discovers she’s not home. She has to leave a message with her mother. Mom: Wéi? Way? Hello? Ruby: Qîngwèn, Betty zài ma? Cheeng one, Betty dzye mah? Hello, is Betty there? Mom: T≈ búzài. T≈ qù yóujú le. Qîngwèn, nín shì nâ yí wèi? Tah boo dzye. Tah chyew yo jyew luh. Cheeng one, neen shir nah ee way? She’s not home. She went to the post office. May I ask
Whether your travels take you all the way to Shanghai or just to your cubicle at work is up to you. Part IV: The Part of Tens Ever wish you could distill the Chinese culture into 10 simple rules of what to do and what not to do? Well, Part IV is a collection of simple phrases you can use, popular Chinese expressions, and reminders of what not to do in a Chinese setting that you should always keep in the back of your mind as you interact with the Chinese. You not only sound more like a native