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Talk Mandarin Today is a practical guide for learning and getting by in Mandarin Chinese for adult learners. With the busy reader in mind, each lesson works first to bring fast acquisition and build practical ability in speaking the language. By providing simple sentence structures and concise grammar notes, the book helps readers learn the language in a more intuitive way. Learners will build confidence fast in order to speak, to try, and to put what they have learned into practice.

There are thirty lessons in the book of which the contents are selected considering time, space and human activities. This book is sold with a CD.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789629961121
  • Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Hong Xiao has lectured in Mandarin Chinese since 1983 in Beijing University, Trinity College, Dublin, and currently in King's College, London. In 1993 she obtained her M.Phil. degree in linguistics from Trinity College, Dublin. She is now doing her Ph.D. in psycholinguistics.

The Chinese University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Mandarin Chinese
Survival Phrases
Lesson 1 Introductions 1
Lesson 2 My Business Card 15
Lesson 3 Time of a Day 27
Lesson 4 Day of a Week 41
Lesson 5 Month and Year 51
Lesson 6 On the Phone 61
Lesson 7 Sending an E-mail 69
Lesson 8 Sending a Fax 79
Lesson 9 Sending by Post 87
Lesson 10 Reading Review 97
Lesson 11 Going on Foot 101
Lesson 12 Taking a Taxi 109
Lesson 13 Going by Public Transport 119
Lesson 14 Changing Money 129
Lesson 15 Open an Account 137
Lesson 16 Planning a Trip 147
Lesson 17 Reserving a Ticket 157
Lesson 18 Booking a Hotel 169
Lesson 19 At the Airport 179
Lesson 20 Reading Review 191
Lesson 21 Inviting Friends out 197
Lesson 22 Inviting Friends Home 205
Lesson 23 Going Shopping 219
Lesson 24 Bargaining 227
Lesson 25 In a Restaurant 237
Lesson 26 Getting Fast Food 251
Lesson 27 Giving and Receiving 261
Lesson 28 Refusal 271
Lesson 29 Dealing with an Emergency 279
Lesson 30 Reading Review 291
App. 1 Particles 297
App. 2 Measure Words 297
App. 3 Phrases and Structures 299
App. 4 Time Words 300
App. 5 Place Words 302
App. 6 Number Words 304
App. 7 Currency Words 304
App. 8 Titles 305
App. 9 Reference for Exercises 305
Chinese-English Glossary 317
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