Author(s): Beverly Hong
SPRAK CHINESE TODAY! Is a complete course in modern spoken Chinese (putonghua, sometimes referred to as Mandarin Chinese), suitable for classroom use or self-study. Twenty-five dialogues covering a wide variety of everyday situations, are presented in Chinese characters, in pinyin (the official romanization system of China), and in English translation. The text is designed especially to allow students to work on improving pronunciation and fluency. Vocabulary and grammar notes complement the text, enabling students to study on their own; for beginners, the basic sounds of the language are introduced and pronunciation practice is provided.