Chinese for Dummies
China has become a major influence in the world today. Not only is China full of opportunities in business and politics, but Chinese culture, such as ... Show synopsis China has become a major influence in the world today. Not only is China full of opportunities in business and politics, but Chinese culture, such as movies and literature, are also making their way into the western world. And with Chinese as the second most widely- spoken foreign language in America, more and more Americans are exposed to its language and culture. This revised edition of "Chinese for Dummies" shows you the basics of Mandarin Chinese and culture points that will make great impressions while communicating. Many Americans are taking time to learn Chinese, especially since it is becoming one of the most widely used languages in the world. Currently, there are: Over 1 billion people speak some form of ChineseMore Chinese speakers in the United States than French or German speakers102.6 million internet users who obtain access using ChineseAt least 25 million people worldwide who are learning Chinese "Chinese For Dummies" will show you how to communicate effectively in Chinese as well as inform you on Chinese culture. Some of the topics this book covers include: Basic vocabularyEveryday conversations, including phone dialogue and small talkSpeaking in perfect pitch and toneEasy-to-understand grammar rulesGetting around in a Chinese-speaking countryCultural references like maintaining face, dining etiquette, and social mores Also included is an audio CD that features actual Chinese conversations by native Chinese speakers, which allows you to hear how Chinese is really spoken. Written by a leading Chinese language teacher in the United States, "Chinese for Dummies" will introduce an often daunting language to you in a fun-and-easy "For Dummies" manner.