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Survival Chinese: How to Communicate Without Fuss or Fear--Instantly
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A handy Mandarin Chinese phrasebook and guide to the Chinese language, Survival Chinese contains basic vocabulary necessary for getting around.
This book contains all the necessary words and phrases for speaking Mandarin Chinese in any kind of setting. Perfect for students, tourists, or business people learning Mandarin or traveling to China or Taiwan, it also contains a beginner guide to the Mandarin language, allowing for a deeper understanding of Chinese than a typical Mandarin phrasebook or Chinese dictionary. The book is broken into four basic sections: Common Chinese Expressions and Key Words, Essential Chinese Communication Tools, Chinese Travel Vocabulary, and making your own sentences. All Chinese words and phrases are written in Romanized form (pinyin) as well phonetically, making pronouncing Chinese a breeze. For example, the word for "reservation", yuding is also written as yuu-deeng. Authentic Chinese characters are also included so that in the case of difficulties the book can be shown to the person the user is trying to communicate with.
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Basic expressions and key words that are necessary for getting around
A handy guide to the Chinese language, Survival Chinese contains basic expressions and key words that are necessary for getting around. The notorious tonal changes in the pronunciation of Chinese words are a challenge for any beginner in the language. De Mente shows how these variations become a breeze to learn with his additional guidelines on how the Pinyin phonetic alphabet letters are pronounced when used in Chinese words. Together with the standard pinyin pronunciations, these English phonetics serve as an excellent guide to approximating the correct Chinese pronunciation as closely as possible.
About the Author
Boye Lafayette De Mente worked for several years as an editor of newspapers and magazines in Tokyo and has written many books on Asian language and culture, including Survival Japanese, Asian Face Reading, Kata, Korean Business Etiquette, Instant Japanese, Business Guide to Japan's Cultural Code Words, Korean Business Ethics, and Instant Korean. He Lives in Paradise Valley, AZ.
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