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Chinese For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-43654-7
384 pages
February 2013
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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: Chinese in a Nutshell 9

Chapter 2: The Written Word: Checking out Chinese Characters 21

Chapter 3: Warming Up with the Basics: Chinese Grammar 31

Chapter 4: Getting Started with Basic Expressions: N?< H?#o! 51

Chapter 5: Getting Your Numbers, Times, and Measurements Straight 65

Chapter 6: Speaking Chinese at Home 85

Part II: Chinese in Action 97

Chapter 7: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 99

Chapter 8: Dining Out and Shopping for Food 111

Chapter 9: Shopping Made Easy 137

Chapter 10: Exploring the Town 159

Chapter 11: Taking Care of Telecommunications 171

Chapter 12: Chinese at School and at Work 187

Chapter 13: Recreation and Outdoor Activities 205

Part III: Chinese on the Go 217

Chapter 14: Planning a Trip 219

Chapter 15: Making Cents of Money 231

Chapter 16: Getting Around 247

Chapter 17: Asking for Directions 265

Chapter 18: Finding a Place to Stay 279

Chapter 19: Handling Emergencies 295

Part IV: The Part of Tens 309

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Learn Chinese Quickly 311

Chapter 21: Ten Things Never to Do in China 315

Part V: Appendixes 319

Appendix A: Mini-Dictionary 321

Appendix B: Chinese Verbs 343

Appendix C: On the CD 347

Appendix D: Answer Key 349

Index 355

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