The Everything Speaking Mandarin Chinese Book: Simple Techniques to Improve Your Speaking And Writing Skills

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China's economy is growing quickly and is on track become the second-largest in the world, after the United States. In the new global economy, Chinese language skills will become increasingly important. Whether you want to speak Chinese in a business setting, while traveling, or within the Chinese-American community, The Everything Speaking Mandarin Chinese Book with CD will help you to speak Chinese with ...
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Overview

China's economy is growing quickly and is on track become the second-largest in the world, after the United States. In the new global economy, Chinese language skills will become increasingly important. Whether you want to speak Chinese in a business setting, while traveling, or within the Chinese-American community, The Everything Speaking Mandarin Chinese Book with CD will help you to speak Chinese with confidence. Packed with helpful tips and cultural insights, this handy guide presents essential lessons in:
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Inflection
  • Business and casual communication
  • Chinese culture
Step-by-step instruction is followed by challenging exercises and quizzes to test your knowledge and prepare you for speaking in Mandarin Chinese. Complete with a helpful audio CD, The Everything Speaking Mandarin Chinese Book with CD allows you to listen while you learn, making mastering this fascinating language fun and easy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593377236
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Everything (Language and Writing) Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.86 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents


Top Ten Reasons to Learn Chinese     x
Introduction     xi
An Overview of China     1
The Chinese Creation Myth     2
Important Figures in Chinese Culture     3
The Dynastic Cycle     5
Chinese Belief Systems     6
Why Come to the PRC?     9
Major Chinese Festivals     11
4,702 Years of Chinese     13
The Chinese-Speaking World     14
Different Names for the Language     18
Modern Standard Chinese     19
Local Languages     20
The Sounds of Chinese     23
Chinese Phonetics     24
Initials and Finals     25
The Special Cases     27
The Four Tones     29
Tonal Nuances and Mistakes     32
Upon Arrival     35
Visas and Immigration     36
Let's Talk Luggage     37
Customs     40
Coming and Going     43
Asking Questions     47
Exercises     49
Finding Lodgings     51
Checking In     52
Making Requests     55
This or That     56
Wake-UpCalls     57
Types of Accommodations     60
Creature Comforts     65
Exercises     68
Getting Around     69
Grammar Lesson: Verbs     70
Grammar Lesson: Particles     72
Subways and Buses     73
Maps     77
Taxis     78
Domestic Travel     82
Exercises     84
Beginning Conversation     87
Salutations and Greetings     88
Special Occasions     90
All the Long Day     93
Paying a Visit     96
I've Heard So Much about You!     99
Exercises     99
Making Friends     101
Grammar Lesson: Complement of Degree     102
Twenty Questions     104
Shall We Get Personal?     107
A Matter of Family     109
Compare and Contrast     112
Exercises     113
Be Our Guest     115
Visiting a Chinese Home     116
Inside a Chinese Home     118
Stay for Dinner     121
I'm Stuffed!     123
Exercises     124
Shopping      125
Currency     126
Measurement Systems     128
Trying on Clothes     136
Beyond Clothing     139
The Art of Negotiation     140
Exercises     142
Epicurean Delights     143
The Spectrum of Chinese Cuisine     144
Menu Mayhem     146
Vegetarians     151
Taking It To Go     152
Restaurant Etiquette     156
Dining Styles     157
Exercises     158
Festivities     159
The Commencement     160
The Speech     161
Drinking Wine     163
The Food     167
Wrapping Things Up     169
Exercises     170
Cultural Highlights     171
Chinese Opera     172
The Chinese Musical Tradition     175
Traditional Chinese Instruments     176
Karaoke     178
Buying Tickets     180
Exercises     182
Health Care in China     185
China's Health Care History     186
An Ounce of Prevention     187
The Common Cold     188
Describing Symptoms      191
Pharmacies and Hospitals     195
Exercises     196
Mind, Body, and Spirit     197
Mind, Body, and Spirit Are One     198
Chinese Baths     198
The Spirituality of Food     203
Traditional Chinese Medicine     205
Qigong     208
Tai Chi     208
Exercises     210
The Long Haul     211
Working in China     212
Finding a Place to Live     212
Furnishings and Decorations     215
Amenities     217
Grammar Lesson: Time-Measure Complements     221
Exercises     222
Teaching in China     225
Job Opportunities     226
School Options     229
Lesson Planning     231
A Day in the Life     234
Exercises     236
Doing Business in China     239
The Business Ideology     240
Business Cards     240
The Conference     242
Business Discourse     246
Body Language and Unspoken Communication     247
Office Dynamics     248
Exercises      249
Hosting a Chinese Exchange Student     251
Getting to Know You     252
Chatting     254
Grammar Lesson: The Comparative Preposition     257
Chinese Families     259
In Case of Emergency     260
Exercises     262
Put Your New Knowledge to Use     263
Chinese Cultural Resources     264
Practice Techniques     265
Preparation     267
Reach Out     268
When in China...     270
A Word to the Wise     271
Exercises     271
Chinese-to-English Glossary     273
English-to-Chinese Glossary     286
Answer Key     299
Index     303
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