Chinese 24/7: Everyday Strategies for Speaking and Understanding Mandarin

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Zero to Fluent with Chinese 24/7
So you want to be able to communicate in Chinese, but you’ve never learned a foreign language before? That’s OK. With this book and its free audio tracks, you’ll have everything you need to start from scratch and reach any level you want in spoken Mandarin Chines—the official and most widely used kind of ...

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Overview

Zero to Fluent with Chinese 24/7
So you want to be able to communicate in Chinese, but you’ve never learned a foreign language before? That’s OK. With this book and its free audio tracks, you’ll have everything you need to start from scratch and reach any level you want in spoken Mandarin Chines—the official and most widely used kind of Chinese in mainland China and Taiwan.

Chinese 24/7 is for you if you are:
•    a tourist or short-term visitor to China
•    a student of Chinese in the U.S. or elsewhere
•    a business professional or foreign teacher
•    a long-term visitor or expatriate living in China

Chinese 24/7 will give you:
•    common, practical vocabulary
•    a step-by-step guide on how to pronounce all the sounds in Chinese,
•    humorous tips to gently help you overcome common errors and frustrations
•    memory tricks
•    FAQs that foreigners have when learning Chinese
•    common first conversations and other typical encounters
•    culturally relevant vocabulary
•    tips for increasing your vocabulary using the language “pieces” you already know
•    beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels marked throughout
•    over 80 audio recordings of a native male and female speaker pronouncing vocabulary and sentence examples—available for free at www.Chinese247Book.com


Albert Wolfe
is an American who teaches English at Guangdong Peizheng College in Guangzhou, China. He started teaching himself Chinese when he went to China in 2005. The first real test of his spoken Chinese was in his sixth month in China when he was invited to play a gig with a local rock band—no one in the band spoke English. At the beginning of his second year, Albert started a blog (www.laowaichinese.net) to share tips and strategies he was learning. He discovered that other students of Chinese, who had found the standard array of books and resources lacking in adequate—or practical—information, eagerly adopted his techniques. Chinese 24/7 is Albert's response to the popular demand for a printed and audio-track version of his tips, strategies, and explanations. He has served as a translator in several capacities and has even written a few Chinese pop songs of his own. To this day, Albert has never taken a formal class on Chinese.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933330822
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 969,130
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert Wolfe is an American who teaches English English at Guangdong Peizheng College in Guangzhou, China. He runs the popular language-learning blog laowaichinese.net.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2009

    Better than class.

    This book is better than the textbooks I used in university. I'm currently living in China and brought both this and the texts. This one is more fun to use and teaches better. It explains how to use the language, what to use and when and why, tells you as much or as little as you want to know, and helps you feel better about not getting everything right as even the Chinese have problems with some grammar points. It even teaches you how to learn on the spot and gives advice for developing learning strategies. It's quick, easy, and fun to use. My Chinese boyfriend looked through the book and said it's really good because it teaches you Chinese as it's REALLY spoken, not the textbook Chinese which is sometimes too formal or antiquated, or just doesn't have the same connotation as it does in everyday life in China. It's already helped to broaden the communication lines between my boyfriend and me.

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

    My Mandarin Chinese Improves Daily

    I live and work in mainland China. Every single day I am speaking better Mandarin Chinese by simply looking up words in a pocket dictionary and studying my copy of _Chinese 24/7_. These are the only books I'll need to develop my understanding of Mandarin Chinese.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

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    Is it possible to be bad in a town that is perfect? Candor is a model town where all of its citizens know what the right thing to do is and always do it. Subliminal messages make sure of that. The town is saturated with different music that is always playing, with subliminal messages hidden in them. The subconscious hears them and obeys. Everything is perfect in Candor. Everything except Oscar Banks, the beloved son of the town's founder, Campbell Banks. Oscar has everyone fooled, even his father, into thinking that he is the model citizen. He has perfect grades, a perfect girlfriend, and when he's not studying for an upcoming exam he's writing college admissions letters. But Oscar is a very cunning young man, he takes on new children in town as "clients" and collects a large amount of money from them in exchange for their escape from Candor. Then along comes Antonia Silva. Affectionately called Nia. He finds her outside skateboarding and immediately is interested. He finds it harder and harder to concentrate on being good when he's around her. He finds her interesting and doesn't want the messages to change her. Oscar goes through so much mentally in this book, always fighting the messages that tell him to be good, to be the model citizen his father thinks he is. Will Oscar be able to hold onto his facade with Nia around?

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

    Great book for anybody who wants to learn REAL Chinese

    He understands what a western learner goes through, unlike all those Chinese grannies from BLCU writing books containing language that no one speaks on the streets anymore (except for the other grannies they meet in the park) and using teaching methods which would apply best to Chinese infants, not to western adults.

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