Offers a step-by-step approach to modern spoken Mandarin Chinese. This work features dialogues and vocabulary sections given in characters and pinyin romanization, English translations of all dialogues, and answer key and reference section.
This new edition of the best selling "Colloquial Chinese" has been revised and updated to make learning Chinese easier and more enjoyable than ever before. Specially written by an experienced teacher for self-study or class use, the course offers a step-by-step approach to modern spoken Mandarin Chinese. No prior knowledge of the language is required. What makes "Colloquial Chinese" your best choice in personal language learning? This title features: dialogues and vocabulary sections given in characters and pinyin romanization; English translations of all dialogues; full answer key and reference section; and, Chinese-English and English-Chinese glossaries. By the end of this rewarding course, you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in Chinese in a broad range of everyday situations. This pack contains the book and 120 minutes of audio material recorded on CDs. These complement the book and will help you with your pronunciation and listening skills.
Introduction. 1. Meeting someone for the first time 2. Name, nationality and race 3. At a company party 4. Asking the time 5. Family and friends 6. The date and the weather 7. Asking for directions 8. Shopping (I) 9. Shopping (II) 10. At the restaurant 11. Taking the taxi and buying train tickets 12. At the hotel 13. Making telephone calls 14. Socializing 15. Writing a letter to a Chinese friend Grammar summary Key to the exercises and reading/listening comprehension questions. Chinese--English glossary. Appendix A: useful signs. Appendix B: table of the combinations of the initials and finals in Putonghua. Appendix C: Dialogues in characters for Units 1 to 3. Appendix D: English translation of dialogues from Units 6 to 15. Index of grammatical terms and cultural notes.