Chinese for dummies / by Dr. Wendy Abraham
Book | John Wiley & Sons, Inc. | 2018 | 3rd edition.
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Edition
3rd edition.
Description
xi, 380 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series
Note
Includes index.
Contents
Introduction
About This Book -- Foolish Assumptions -- Icons Used in This Book -- Beyond the Book -- Where to Go from Here
PART 1: GETTING STARTED WITH CHINESE
Chapter 1: Chinese in a Nutshell: The Spoken Word
Grasping Chinese Dialects
Pinyin Spelling: Beijing, Not Peking
Sounding Off: Basic Chinese Sounds -- Starting off with initials -- Ending with finals -- Perfect pitch: Presenting...the four tones!
Adding Idioms and Popular Expressions to Your Repertoire
Chapter 2: The Written Word: Checking Out Chinese Characters
Perusing Pictographs, Ideographs, and the Six Scripts
The Chinese Radical: A Few Clues to a Character's Meaning
Following the Rules of Stroke Order -- Rule 1 -- Rules 2 through 9
Up, Down, or Sideways? Deciphering the Direction of Characters
Traditional versus Simplified Characters: When to Use Which
Using a Chinese Dictionary...without an Alphabet!
Chapter 3: Warming Up with the Basics: Chinese Grammar
The Basics of Chinese Nouns, Articles, and Adjectives -- Nouns -- Definitive versus indefinite articles -- Adjectives
Getting into Verbs, Adverbs, Negation, and Possession -- Verbs -- Adverbs -- Bu and meiyou: Total Negation -- Getting possessive with the particle de
Asking Questions -- The question particle ma -- Yes/no choice questions using bu between repeating verbs -- Interrogative pronouns
Chapter 4: Getting Started with Basic Expressions: Ni Hao!
Making Introductions -- Acquainting yourself -- Introducing your friends and family -- Asking people for their names
Greeting and Chatting -- Addressing new friends and strangers -- Conversing around the clock -- Talking about the weather -- Finding out where people are from -- Taking (that is, rejecting) compliments -- Saying goodbye
Chapter 5: Getting Your Numbers, Times and Measurement Straight
Counting in Chinese -- Numbers from 1 to 10 -- Numbers from 11 to 99 -- Numbers from 100 to 9,999 -- Numbers from 10,000 to 100,000 and beyond -- How 'bout those halves? -- Ordinal numbers -- Asking how many or how much
Telling Time -- Asking and starting the time -- Specifying the time of the day
Save the Date: Using the Calendar and Starting Dates -- Dealing with days of the week -- Naming the months -- Specifying dates -- Celebrating Chinese holidays
Sizing Up Weights and Measures
Chapter 6: Speaking Chinese at Home
Hanging Out at Home
Hunting for an Apartment
Decorating Your New Digs
Appointing Your Rooms, Fengshui Style -- The bedroom -- The bathroom -- The kitchen -- The living room -- The basement -- The attic
PART 2: CHINESE IN ACTION
Chapter 7: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk
Establishing a Connection -- Posing simple introductory questions -- Chatting about family -- Making small talk on the job -- Talking about where you live
Chapter 8: Dining Out and Shopping for Food
All about Meals -- Satisfying your hunger -- Sitting down to eat and practicing proper table manners
Getting to Know Chinese Cuisines
Dining Out -- Understanding what's on the menu -- Placing an order and chatting with the waitstaff -- Dipping into some dim sum -- Finding the restrooms -- Finishing your meal and paying the bill
All the Tea in China
Taking Your Chinese to Go -- Making comparisons -- How much is that thousand-year old egg?
Chapter 9: Shopping Made Easy
Going to Stores
Getting What You Want at a Department Store -- Just browsing -- Asking for help
Shopping for Clothes -- What's your size? -- Comparing quality: Good, better, best -- Comparing two items -- What are you wearing? Chuan versus dai -- Asking about the color and material
Shopping for Other Items -- Hunting for antiques
Getting a Good Price and Paying -- Negotiating prices at the night market -- Paying for your purchase (or demanding a refund)
Chapter 10: Exploring the Town
Attending a Performance -- Exploring different types of music -- Buying a ticket -- Asking whether someone has done something
Exploring Museums and Galleries
Visiting Historical Sites
Going to the Moves
Hopping Around Bars and Clubs
Chapter 11: Taking Care of Telecommunications
Getting Familiar with Telephone Terms
Going Mobile with a Cellphone
Making a Phone Call -- Calling your friends -- Ringing hotels and place of business -- Phoning a client
Sorry, I Can't Take Your Call Right Now -- Listening to message that people leave you -- Recording and understanding greeting messages -- Leaving messages
Checking Your Email
Going Online
The Great Wall...Firewall, That Is
Chapter 12: Chinese at School and Work
Going to School -- Schools and supplies -- Teachers and subjects -- Exams and semesters -- Degrees and diplomas
Settling into Your Office Digs
Conducting a Meeting -- Scheduling and planning a meeting -- Making the initial greeting -- Starting the meeting -- Making a presentation -- Ending the meeting
Discussing Business and Industry
Chapter 13: Recreation and Outdoor Activities
Naming Your Hobbies
Exploring Nature
Tapping into Your Artistic Side
Striking Up the Band
Playing on a Team
PART 3: CHINESE ON THE GO
Chapter 14: Planning a Trip
Talking about When You Want to Travel
Celebrating the Chinese Holidays
Where To? Deciding on a Destination
Passports and Visas: Don't Leave Home without 'Em
Packing for Your Trip
Enlisting the Help of a Travel Agency
Chapter 15: Making Cents of Money
Staying Current with Chinese Currency -- Renminbi (RMB) in the PRC -- Xin Taibi in the ROC -- Hong Kong dollars -- Singapore dollars
Exchanging Money
Spending Money -- Using cash -- Paying with plastic
Doing Your Banking -- Making withdrawals and deposits -- Accessing an ATM
Tips on Tipping
Chapter 16: Getting Around
Flying Around the Airport -- Making it past the check-in counter -- Boarding your flight -- Going through customs
Navigating Around Town -- Hailing a cab -- Hopping on the bus -- Riding the rails
Chapter 17: Asking for Directions
Avoiding 20 Questions: Just Ask "Where?" -- Different strokes for different folks: Saying nar versus saying nali -- Getting direction about directions -- Understanding the answers to "where" questions
Expressing Distances (Time and Space) with Li
Using Ordinal Numbers to Clarify Points of Reference
Specifying Cardinal Points
Chapter 18: Finding a Place to Stay
Making a Room Reservation
Checking In Before You Hit the Pool
Taking Advantage of Hotel Service -- Counting on convenience -- Getting problems fixed
Checking Out Before Heading Out
Chapter 19: Handling Emergencies
Calling for Help in Times of Need
Receiving Medical Care -- Deciding whether to see a doctor -- Describing what ails you -- Discussing your medical history -- Making a diagnosis -- Treating yourself to better health
Calling the Police
Acquiring Legal Help
PART 4: THE PART OF TENS
Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Learn Chinese Quickly
Listen to Chinese Being Spoken
Check Out a Peking Opera Performance
Cook with a Wok
Shop for Food in Chinatown
Search Online
Watching Kung-Fu Flicks
Exchange Language Lessons
Make Chinese Friends
Studying Chinese Calligraphy
Be Curious and Creative
Chapter 21: Ten Things Never to Do in China
Never Accept a Compliment Graciously
Never Make Someone Lose Face
Never Get Angry in Public
Never Address people by Their First Names First
Never Take Food with the Wrong End of Your Chopsticks
Never Drink Alcohol Without First Offering a Toast
Never Let Someone Else Pay the Bill Without Fighting for It
Never Show Up Empty-Handed
Never Accept Food, Drinks, or Gifts Without First Refusing a Few Times
Never Take the First "No, Thank You" Literally
PART 5: APPENDIXES
Appendix A: Chinese-English Mini-Dictionary
Appendix B: Chinese Verbs
Appendix C: Fun & Games Answer Key
Summary
If you want to learn Mandarin Chinese to get ahead at school or work - or to make your travel to China easier - this is the handy reference you'll want by your side. Inside, you'll find easy-to-follow coverage of basic grammar, as well as the necessary vocabulary to make introductions and greetings, use proper etiquette, make small talk, make transportation arrangements, order food and beverages, ask directions, deal with money, shop, access recreation, and handle an emergency.
16.00 CMM (99-CMM-9)
Language
Text in English and Chinese.
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