Chinese For Dummies

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China has become a major influence in the world today. Not only is China full of opportunities in business and politics, but Chinese culture, such as movies and literature, are also making their way into the western world. And with Chinese as the secon...

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Wendy Abraham is the Associate Director of the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies and the Asian Religions & Cultures Initiative. She has taught courses on Chinese language, Chinese literature, and Asian cultures at Hunter College, Georgetown University, New York University, and Stanford University, where she’s currently pursuing her second doctorate in modern Chinese literature. She spent a year researching Shang Dynasty oracle bones in Taiwan, which sparked her deep interest in the development of China’s written language. Wendy has directed Chinese language programs for American students in Beijing and Shanghai and has interpreted for high-level arts delegations from China. Her first doctoral dissertation from Teachers College (Columbia University) was on the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng, a subject about which she has written widely and continues to lecture frequently throughout the United States. She also created Jewish Historical Tours of China, bringing people to visit Shanghai and Kaifeng on educational trips. Her interest in all things Chinese continues unabated.
China has become a major influence in the world today. Not only is China full of opportunities in business and politics, but Chinese culture, such as movies and literature, are also making their way into the western world. And with Chinese as the second most widely- spoken foreign language in America, more and more Americans are exposed to its language and culture. This revised edition of Chinese for Dummies shows you the basics of Mandarin Chinese and culture points that will make great impressions while communicating.

Many Americans are taking time to learn Chinese, especially since it is becoming one of the most widely used languages in the world. Currently, there are:

  • Over 1 billion people speak some form of Chinese
  • More Chinese speakers in the United States than French or German speakers
  • 102.6 million internet users who obtain access using Chinese
  • At least 25 million people worldwide who are learning Chinese

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.

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Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
ISBN 9780471788973
Genre FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Chinese
Pages 360
Publisher Date 2005-10-14 00:00:00.0
Publisher For Dummies
Copyright Year 2005
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 7.25 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.28 lb
Language Chinese
Series Name For Dummies
Edition Detail Revised
Audience General/trade
Authors Abraham, Wendy

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  • Good as an adjunct product

    This book is an excellent "add-in" to a more comprehensive study of Chinese. It includes many useful phrases and examples. The main problem is that, even though a CD is included, only a very small portion of the text is actually recorded. In learning Chinese, pronunciation is everything, so I would have liked more of the dialogues to have been recorded. However, for the money it's a great book to have in your "Learning Chinese" library.

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