With free-to-access audio online! This lively course teaches Mandarin Chinese to a broad range of learners in a modern, structured and engaging way.
The focus is on acquiring basic conversational skills, and the text has a friendly, non-formal style, building up gently with a wealth of lively, imaginative exercises. The text places some emphasis on correct pronunciation, as this is so important in Mandarin. It introduces right from the start the fascinating Chinese script and includes essential grammar, along with interesting cultural insights. Pinyin, the standard system of spelling using the Roman alphabet to transliterate Chinese, is also included to help build confidence.
The course is aimed at beginners with little or no previous knowledge of the language who want to begin to understand, speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese confidently.
This is all you would expect from a modern Mandarin Chinese language course but can't find!
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 298
Weight: 487 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 22 mm
'I've been using this book for about 4 months now, and I must say it is definitely a good book to have especially for beginners like myself! I found it very easy to comprehend, with English translations available for new phrases. Mastering Chinese not only covers reading and writing exercises, but also listening and speaking in the right tones - the CD comes in particularly handy here. The book is very well-structured, covering thoroughly the vital topics such as numbers, introducing oneself, transportations, date/time etc - basically it covers everything you need to know to survive on the streets of China! Its easy-to-grasp approach to the language makes it highly attractive, while its reasonably compact size makes it fit as a travel guide. Would definitely recommend it.' - Kelly Chung, Amazon 'The book guides you throughout, with English, Pinyin and Chinese characters, and youre given tasks to work through using the CD's. It is a great learning source for complete beginners, and even for those who may have known Mandarin before, but are now pretty rusty at it. It sucessfully teaches you to learn to speak well and recognize and write the characters. I can say that using this book, I have gotten A+ in my exams so far! :D Great book! - Nustun, Amazon 'I found this book considerably more useful than a standard dictionary, and in comparison to other Mandarin teaching books it is indispensible. ' - Matthew Green, Amazon 'This book is very suitable for adult learners, either for self-study or used in a classroom. The price of this book including CDs is very competitive too. A good book for meeting the increasing demands on learning Chinese in the UK. A big thank you to Catherine Hua Xiang for your dedication and hard work. Only a minor suggestion, perhaps the author can place a radical index at the back of the book, explaining the meanings of the common radicals to the learners, making the learning of characters a bit easier.' -Linlin Fang, University of Newcastle, UK