Author(s): Wendy Abraham
"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 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" will introduce an often daunting language to you in a fun-and-easy "For Dummies" manner.
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. Index.