Back Cover Blurb
- Learning Chinese is really difficult, right? WRONG!
- Follow Easy Peasy Chinese and you'll be able to start speaking, writing, and understanding this amazing language in no time.
- Listen to the CD, so you can get the pronunciation exactly right.
- Give yourself a Chinese name, see how to haggle in the shops, and test yourself to see if you know the key characters. Got them right? With this book, learning Chinese is easy peasy!
- Five good reasons to learn Chinese:
- China has the biggest population in the world - 1.3 billion people
- If you speak English and Mandarin you can communicate with over half the world's population
- China is becoming an economic superpower
- The Chinese language is fascinating
- You get much more out of a visit to China if you can speak some Chinese
- There are three major languages spoken in China. These are Mandarin (885m), Shanghaiese (91m), and Cantonese (55m). Mandarin has more native speakers than any other language in the world.
- Mandarin has many different names in Chinese. Here are some, with their literal translations:
→ Guoyu – national language
→ Putonghua – universal words
→ Hanyu – language of the Han
→ Zhongwen – Chinese language
- Chinese people learn Mandarin too
- At the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911, the incoming nationalist government decided that Mandarin should become the standard language of China, replacing the many languages and dialects that made communication between people difficult.
- It was originally thought that Mandarin would be spoken by everyone by 2030. However, because of are size of China and the number of languages spoken, teachers in many schools still give classes in the local language. Mandarin is studied like a foreign language class, to use for speaking with non-locals.
- Using this book: You can take what you like from this book - an overview of the culture, with some insight into the language on the way, or use it as a study aid to become a competent beginner. Whatever your approach, this book is a good place to start.
- The secret to learning Chinese is: Take it easy!
- Initials : 8
- Finals : 9-10
- Practice time : 11
- The tones : 12
- Learning the tones : 14-15
- Easy peasy grammar : 30-31
- First words : 32-33
- Welcome! : 34-35
- How do you do? : 36-37
- Chinese names : 38-39
- Conversation practice 1 : 40-41
- Where are you from? : 42-43
- My body : 44-45
- Face facts : 46-47
- Family and friends : 48-49
- Conversation practice 2 : 52-53
- Numbers 1-10 : 54-55
- It's simple maths : : 56-57
- Number rules : 58-59
- What's the date? : 60-61
- Birthday party : 62-63
- Conversation practice 3 : 68-69
- Seasons : 70-71
- Weather words : 72-73
- Vroom! : 74-75
- Buying a ticket : 76-77
- Asking the way : 78-79
- Questions : 80-81
- Conversation practice 4 : 84-85
- Place settings : 86-87
- Don't flip the fish! : 88-89
- Live to eat : 90-91
- At a restaurant : 92-93
- Conversation practice 5 : 94-95
- Fun and games : 96-97
- I like it : 98-99
- Ping pong and Mahjong : 100-101
- What's hot? : 102-103
- Slang : 104-105
- Conversation practice 6 : 106-107
- Beijing : 108-109
- A day in the country : 110-111
- At the market : 112-113
- How to haggle : 114-115
- Lunar New Year : 116-117
- Conversation practice 7 : 120-121 |
Dorling Kindersley, 2007. Book & CD
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