China Simplified: Language Empowerment

China Simplified: Language Empowerment

by Stewart Lee Beck, Katie Lu


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Better understand Chinese culture with this entertaining journey to the heart of the Mandarin language. A must-read for those who seek to improve their language skills or advance relationships with Chinese worldwide.

Language Empowerment co-authors Stewart Lee Beck and Katie Lu first connected as Mandarin student and language professional over ten years ago. In this humorous story collection, Stew and Katie share the secrets of efficient language learning while having huge fun along the way.

The China Simplified book series explores and demystifies the country and its people for the rest of the world. By shifting our collective attention beyond the 1% (hot-button issues in the mass media) to the other 99% (relevant conversations about language, history, business, and more), the China Simplified team hopes to raise cultural awareness and increase mutual understanding.


“I wish a book like this existed when I moved to China.” —Dan Washburn, Chief Content Officer, Asia Society

“It’s not a textbook; it’s just stuff you should know.” —John Pasden, Founder and CEO, AllSet Learning

“Totally authentic.” —Christine Ng, Managing Director, BBH China

“Reveals insights that many teachers and textbooks overlook.” —Olle Linge, Mandarin Language Educator, Founder Hacking Chinese

“A lively and original approach to navigating the bottomless mysteries of Chinese language and culture.” —David Brooks, Chairman, Coca-Cola Greater China & Korea

“Ridiculously funny, uncomfortably accurate and totally memorable!” —Grant Horsfield, Founder, naked Group

“I suddenly feel as if the scales have been lifted from my eyes.” —Carol Potter, Executive Vice Chairman at Edelman

“For someone with a thirst for learning about things Chinese, the China Simplified series is a great entry point.” —Joe Tatelbaum, former Vice President Li & Fung; China resident since 1982

“They’ve cracked the codeChina Simplified demystified Mandarin for me, and now many of my clients.” —Mary Rezek, Founder & Principal Consultant, Saatori, Ltd.

“Weaves together rich cultural and linguistic background information of the Chinese language with practical implications for daily communication.” —Michael Volz, Chinese Program Coordinator, University of Missouri

“Having lived in China for nearly 20 years, I found myself nodding in agreement throughout the book.” —Mark Secchia, Founder, Sherpa’s Food Delivery Company

“This book should be required reading for every foreigner before getting on the plane to China.” ―Miao Jun, former HR Director, Asia-Pacific, Milliken Inc.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996095037
Publisher: CS Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/05/2017
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Stewart Lee Beck is a writer and producer who's lived and worked among the Chinese for 24 years. Stewart has helped raise nearly $15 million for children's charities in China. He refers to his Malaysian-Chinese wife as "the crazy woman who keeps me sane."

Katie Lu is a native Chinese who dreams in English. She runs two businesses: PITT Services (translation and training) and EnglishPlus (children's English learning). Katie and her team have taught hundreds of struggling and genius language students alike.

Table of Contents

1. The Sound of Somebody Falling Down

Why Mandarin is the easiest (and hardest) language in the world

2. A Picture’s Worth Ten Thousand Words

The mystical origin of characters and East-West perspectives

3. Embrace the Ambiguity

Exploring the hazy space between what is said and meant

4. Sorry, There Is No Chapter Four

Chinese superstitions at play in our daily lives

5. A Lifetime in Four Characters

Using idioms to capture an idea’s essence in an instant

6. Fish, Pearl, Coral, and Ocean Go Swimming

The high-stakes challenge of choosing the right name

7. Never Use the F-word

How to become more fluent than you ever imagined

8. We Let the Boss Die First

Stirring up trouble with dialects, topolects, and slips of the tongue

9. The Lingua Franca of the 22nd Century

Will we all be speaking Chinese in the near future?

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