Get Started in Mandarin Chinese: A Teach Yourself Guide

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February 1, 2011


Paperback, 384 pages


0071749942 / 9780071749947


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Main description

Teach Yourself takes the pain out of picking up the Chinese language

Get Started in Mandarin Chinese requires no prior experience in the language and gives you the opportunity to study at a reasonable, steady pace. This course makes the process nearly painless--it is written in a friendly and supportive tone, and the structure offers you plenty of opportunities for self-practice. You are in control of your learning experience, so you never feel overwhelmed or rushed.
This practical course introduces the new language without inundating you and includes dialogues and exercises, a helpful pronunciation section, manageable lists of practical vocabulary, a glossary of grammar terms, and more.


  • Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author’s many years of experience
  • Tests in the book to keep track of your progress

    Table of contents

    About the course / Pronunciation guide / Unit 1: Hello! How are you? / Unit 2: What's your name? / Unit 3: Where are you from? / Unit 4: Do you have brothers and sisters? / Unit 5: What time is it now? / Unit 6: What do you want to do today? / Unit 7: How much is it? / Unit 8: What's it like? / Unit 9: How do I get to...? / Unit 10: What would you like to eat? / Unit 11: Let’s look at Chinese characters! / Unit 12: At the hotel / Unit 13: Trains, tickets and taxis / Unit 14: Free time and entertainment / Unit 15: At the post office and changing money / Unit 16: Being a guest / Unit 17: Seeing a doctor / Unit 18: Coping with problems / Unit 19: Learning Chinese / Unit 20: Travel and weather / Unit 21: Experiences, feelings and reflections / Taking it further / Key to the exercises / Chinese-English Vocabulary / English-Chinese Vocabulary

    Author comments

    Elizabeth Scurfield is a founder member of the Chinese Department at the University of Westminster.
    Song Lianyi is Lecturer in Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

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