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The Second 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Chinese Characters
The Second 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition
The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Chinese Characters
Paperback      ISBN: 0804849374
The Second 100 Chinese Characters adopts a structural approach that helps students to learn, recognize and write the second 100 most common Chinese characters.

The characters listed have been carefully selected and sequenced for rapid and effective learning and are intended for beginning Chinese students. Each Chinese character is shown separately on a single page, along with its English definitions, pinyin romanization, alternate form (if any), a stroke-order guide and ample space for writing practice. The gray stroke-order guides introduce the student to the standard stroke sequence used in writing the characters by tracing them. After learning the correct stroke order, the student can then practice writing the characters on their own, thus reinforcing the recognition and memorization. Large boxes with grid lines for correct proportions are provided.

Related compounds and phrases containing each character are also included to assist in vocabulary building. Three indexes--alphabetically arranged by the English meanings, by pinyin romanization, and by radicals--are provided at the back of the book for quick and easy reference.

This Chinese character book features:
  • The second 100 most frequently-used characters
  • Foundation characters for HSK Level 1 test
  • Standard pinyin romanizations
  • Step-by-step stroke order guides and ample space for writing practice
  • Special practice boxes with grid lines
  • Lots of extra practice sheets
  • Over 500 words and phrases containing the basic characters
  • Concise English definitions
The Second 100 Chinese Characters: Traditional Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the Second 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters
The Second 100 Chinese Characters: Traditional Character Edition
The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the Second 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters
Chinese    Paperback      ISBN: 0804844968
This book is a quick and easy way to learn the second 100 basic Chinese traditional characters.

The major struggle facing all beginning Chinese language students is to learn to recognize, read and write hundreds of Chinese characters. A working knowledge of characters is essential for any student wishing to learn Chinese. The Second 100 Chinese Characters adopts a structural approach that helps students to overcome this initial difficulty and quickly master the basic Chinese characters that are fundamental to this language. This book contains characters that have been carefully selected and sequenced for rapid and effective learning.

For effective learning, memorization and practice, each Chinese character is shown separately on a single page, together with its English definitions, hanyu pinyin romanization, alternate form (if any), a stroke order guide and ample space for writing practice. The stroke order guides introduce the student to the standard stroke sequence used in writing the characters, by tracing over them. After learning the correct stroke order, the student can then practice writing the character on their own, thus reinforcing recognition and memorization. Large boxes with grid lines for correct proportions are provided. Related compounds and phrases containing each character are also included to assist in vocabulary building. Three indexes (alphabetically by the English meanings and the pinyin romanization, and by radicals) are provided at the back of the book for quick and easy reference, along with extra sheets of blank boxes for writing practice. This book features
  • The second 100 most frequently-used Chinese characters.
  • Foundation characters for the HSK A level language proficiency test.
  • Standard hanyu pinyin romanizations.
  • Step-by-step stroke order guides and ample space for writing practice.
  • Over 500 words and phrases containing the basic characters.
  • Concise English definitions.
The Second 100 Chinese Characters: Traditional Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the Second 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters
The Second 100 Chinese Characters: Traditional Character Edition
The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the Second 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters
Chinese    Paperback      ISBN: 080483833x
This book is a quick and easy way to learn the second 100 basic Chinese traditional characters.

The major struggle facing all beginning Chinese language students is to learn to recognize, read and write hundreds of Chinese characters. A working knowledge of characters is essential for any student wishing to learn Chinese. The Second 100 Chinese Characters adopts a structural approach that helps students to overcome this initial difficulty and quickly master the basic Chinese characters that are fundamental to this language. This book contains characters that have been carefully selected and sequenced for rapid and effective learning.

For effective learning, memorization and practice, each Chinese character is shown separately on a single page, together with its English definitions, hanyu pinyin romanization, alternate form (if any), a stroke order guide and ample space for writing practice. The stroke order guides introduce the student to the standard stroke sequence used in writing the characters, by tracing over them. After learning the correct stroke order, the student can then practice writing the character on their own, thus reinforcing recognition and memorization. Large boxes with grid lines for correct proportions are provided. Related compounds and phrases containing each character are also included to assist in vocabulary building. Three indexes (alphabetically by the English meanings and the pinyin romanization, and by radicals) are provided at the back of the book for quick and easy reference, along with extra sheets of blank boxes for writing practice. This book features
  • The second 100 most frequently-used Chinese characters.
  • Foundation characters for the HSK A level language proficiency test.
  • Standard hanyu pinyin romanizations.
  • Step-by-step stroke order guides and ample space for writing practice.
  • Over 500 words and phrases containing the basic characters.
  • Concise English definitions.
Short Stories in Chinese
Short Stories in Chinese
1st Edition    Chinese    Paperback      ISBN: 0143118358
A dual-language edition of Chinese stories--many appearing in English for the first time

This new volume of eight short stories, with parallel translations, offers students at all levels the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of contemporary literature from the world's most spoken language, without having to constantly to refer back to a dictionary.

The stories--many of which appear here in English for the first time--are by well-known writers as well as emerging voices. From a story by Li Rui about the honest simplicity of a Shanxi farmer to one by Ma Yuan exposing the seamy underside of contemporary urban society, they are infused with both rural dialect and urban slang and feature a wide range of styles and points of view.

Complete with notes, the stories make excellent reading in either language.

Side by Side Chinese and English Grammar
Side by Side Chinese and English Grammar
Paperback      ISBN: 0071797068

Learn and review Chinese grammar at a glance

Of all the obstacles you face while learning a new language, grammar is one of the toughest. But now there's a way to learn the subtleties of grammar without all the headaches. Side by Side Chinese & English Grammar is the perfect tool to help you understand the similarities and differences between English and Chinese grammar.

By learning Chinese grammar through comparisons to your native English language, you are able to build on what you already know. You will be better able to understand and remember Chinese grammar while writing, speaking, and being tested on Chinese usage. This innovative grammar guide includes:

  • Clear and comprehensive introductions to the parts of speech, explaining their functions and answering common questions about them
  • Quick Check sections that summarize main ideas
  • Appendices that identify possible grammar trouble spots, such as measure words and individual classifiers
  • Numerous verb charts with side-by-side Chinese and English translations for easy understanding of each tense's meaning
  • An exercise section with answer key to test and review your knowledge

Side by Side Chinese & English Grammar gives you a firm grasp of the structure of both languages and sets the stage for true language mastery.

SPEAK E-Z CHINESE In Phonetic English
SPEAK E-Z CHINESE In Phonetic English
Paperback      ISBN: 0977195309

Now readers can by-pass the complex Pinyin system in favor of user-friendly words and sentences provided in straightforward phonetic English. Packed with humorous slang and favorite Chinese idioms, only SPEAK E-Z CHINESE provides the means to communicate in fresh, contemporary Mandarin at only a glance. Free audio companion offered online at www.CathayCafe.com.

Speaking Chinese in China
Speaking Chinese in China
Paperback      ISBN: 0300030320

The twenty lessons in this book provide lively and colloquial dialogues iintroducing first- or second-year students to Chinese suitable in China. The lessons demonstrate sentences used in everyday situations and familiarize the student with the simplified characters and pinyin transcription now used. There are drills of new patterns, mini-dialogues to encourage spontaneous speaking, explanatory notes on the proper use of structure and vocabulary, and cultural notes that add illuminating and useful details of social custom.

Start Mandarin Chinese (Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method)
Start Mandarin Chinese (Learn Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method)
Mandarin    Compact Disc      ISBN: 1444139193

Learn over 50 essential words and the five tones at the heart of Mandarin so you can put them together to make yourself understood. This 1-hour basic introduction to Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method will get you speaking the language immediately: no books, no pens, no memorizing - just listen, connect and speak.
How does it work?
During the course, you will join Michel Thomas Method teacher Harold Goodman, native speaker Jingtao Deng and two students in a live lesson, learning from both their successes and mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. The revolutionary method for learning Mandarin tones used in this course links movement and colours and will enable you to effortlessly recall tones at the proper moment in your communication. Tested and refined on students without any previous knowledge of Mandarin, it is specifically designed to address all styles of language learning (visual, kinaesthetic, auditory, etc.).

Why is the method so successful?
The Michel Thomas Method was perfected over 50 years by celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas. This unique method works with your brain and draws on the principles of instructional psychology. Knowledge is structured and organised so that you assimilate the language easily and don't forget it. The method breaks down the language into building blocks that are introduced sequentially in such a way that you create your response and move on to ever-more-complex sentences. You'll stick with it because you'll love it.

Where do I go next?
Start Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method is an hour of essentials taken from Total Mandarin Chinese. After you finish your Start course, you can move to the Total Mandarin Chinese course, which includes 12 hours of audio. Perfect Mandarin Chinese follows on from the Total course with 7 hours of audio.
Learn anywhere
Don't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at home, in your car, or on the move with your MP3 player.

Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio
Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio
Paperback      ISBN: 0887101143

Twenty tales selected from the popular novel Liao chai chih yi by P'u Sung-Ling are here retold in simple Chinese for the beginning student. The text is at the 600 character level, and is given in both complex and traditional characters and both Yale and pinyin romanization.

Survival Chinese: How to communicate without fuss or fear Instantly!
Survival Chinese
How to communicate without fuss or fear Instantly!
Paperback      ISBN: 0804844623
A handy Mandarin Chinese phrasebook and guide to the Chinese language, Survival Chinese contains basic vocabulary necessary for getting around.

This book contains all the necessary words and phrases for speaking Mandarin Chinese in any kind of setting. Perfect for students, tourists, or business people learning Mandarin or traveling to China or Taiwan, it also contains a beginner guide to the Mandarin language, allowing for a deeper understanding of Chinese than a typical Mandarin phrasebook or Chinese dictionary. The book is broken into four basic sections: Common Chinese Expressions and Key Words, Essential Chinese Communication Tools, Chinese Travel Vocabulary, and making your own sentences. All Chinese words and phrases are written in Romanized form (pinyin) as well phonetically, making pronouncing Chinese a breeze. For example, the word for "reservation," yuding is also written as yuu-deeng. Authentic Chinese characters are also included so that in the case of difficulties the book can be shown to the person the user is trying to communicate with.

This chinese phrasebook includes:
  • Hundreds of useful Chinese words and expressions.
  • An A-Z index which allows the book to function as a English to Chinese dictionary.
  • Romanized forms, phonetic spellings, and Chinese Characters (Hanzi) for all words and phrases.
  • A concise background and history of the Chinese language.
  • A complete guide to Chinese pronunciations.
  • A concise guide to using Chinese tones.
  • A brief introduction to Chinese grammar.