Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners

Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners

by Qian Kan


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Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners by Qian Kan

COLLOQUIAL CHINESE is easy to use and completely up to date!

Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use, the course offers a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Chinese. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes COLLOQUIAL CHINESE your best choice in personal language learning?

Interactive – lots of exercises for regular practice

Clear – concise grammar notes

Practical – useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide

Complete – including answer key and reference section

Whether you're a business traveller, or about to take up a daring challenge in adventure tourism, you may be studying to teach or even looking forward to a holiday - if you'd like to get up and running with Chinese this rewarding course will take you from complete beginner to confidently putting your language skills to use in a wide range of everyday situations

Course components:

The complete course comprises the book and audio materials. These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great-value Colloquials pack.

Paperback: 978-0-415-43415-7 (please note this does not include the audio)

CDs: 978-0-415-43416-4

EBook: 978-0-203-88362-4 (please note this does not include the audio)

MP3s: 978-0-415-55159-5 (available from

Pack: 978-0-415-43417-1 (paperback and CDs)

Another FREE 60 minutes of audio can be listened to online at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415434157
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Series: Colloquial Series
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kan Qian is Lecturer in Chinese at the Open University.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Meeting someone for the first time 2. Name, nationality and race 3. At a company party 4. Asking the time 5. Family and friends 6. The date and the weather 7. Asking for directions 8. Shopping (I) 9. Shopping (II) 10. At the restaurant 11. Taking the taxi and buying train tickets 12. At the hotel 13. Making telephone calls 14. Socializing 15. Writing a letter to a Chinese friend Grammar summary Key to the exercises and reading/listening comprehension questions. Chinese–English glossary. Appendix A: useful signs. Appendix B: table of the combinations of the initials and finals in Putonghua. Appendix C: Dialogues in characters for Units 1 to 3. Appendix D: English translation of dialogues from Units 6 to 15. Index of grammatical terms and cultural notes.

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