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CHINESE in 10 minutes a day [Paperback]

Kristine K. Kershul
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Oct. 15 1998 10 Minutes a Day
CHINESE in 10 minutes a day provides a practical, fun approach to learning this fascinating language. The proven method of success requires spending at least 10 minutes a day to reach obtainable goals. The step-by-step lessons begin with the basics and lead to conversational Chinese. The book is a complete language-learning kit, with specially designed components such as puzzles, flash cards and sticky labels to place on objects at home or around the office.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quick way to learn common chinese Aug. 2 2003
Format:Paperback
My boyfriend and I are going to be moving to China next year, and since he knows absolutely no Chinese I thought this book would be helpful. Now our whole house is labeled with stickers, and it is working. Its a pretty quick and easy way to learn, I just wish it had the charecters as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction for travellers July 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Before buying (or reviewing) a language instruction book, you should consider the purpose of the book. This book intends to give you some basic speaking ability in Chinese in a relatively short amount of time, to help you express yourself while traveling, shopping, eating, and doing other typical tourist activities. It does an excellent job of that. If you're looking for more than that, choose a book that better meets your needs.
The book is divided into 24 lessons, with the suggestion you study each one for 10 minutes. That's just 4 hours of study, plus however much time you want to spend practicing. This won't make you fluent, won't teach you to read/write characters, and it won't really help you understand someone speaking Chinese to you, but it will give you the basic speaking skills it aims to provide.
There are flash cards to cut out and practice with, and sticky labels to put on things around your house. The words are written in Pinyin, which is a romanization of Mandarin words based on their pronunciation. Pinyin pronunciation isn't obvious to English readers, so the book includes additional phonetic spelling. For example, it tells you the PinYin word 'jie' is pronounced 'jee-eh'.
There are a number of exercises so you can practice what you've learned, which helps you remember.
If you'd like to build a good foundation of common Chinese words and phrases with a minimal amount of study time, then I think you'll be happy with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and motivating July 25 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Nice things about this book: Pictures to accompany most words; pronunciation of pinyin; groups of words with common root elements given together; stickers to label your household (and your dog!); flashcards; tips on how to incorporate study into your daily activities.
Could use: Audio & characters...that being said this can easily be augmented by using Rosetta Stone's online free lessons to get the idea of tones and pronunciations and lots of websites have characters you can look up.
Summary: I love it. I've used other do-it-yourself language books and gotten bored. The colour, "activities" and tips make this book motivating and it is perfect for the raw beginner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for everyday speaking Oct. 7 2002
Format:Paperback
While I agree with the other reviews of the book that this is a very accessible text for learning to speak Chinese, I feel I must mention that it doesn't provide most of the Chinese characters for the words, instead only writing them in pinyin. This is adequate for those who are learning to speak Chinese and want to gain fluency in everyday speaking and grammar use, but I did find it frustrating that I had to look elsewhere for the characters. Additionally, I do feel that it would be easier to learn some vocabulary with the Chinese characters - for example the word for flowers, huar, is given, and the word for garden, huaryuan. Are they related? Is it the same root word? Without the character, there is no way to know.
That criticism aside, I do feel that Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day has been very helpful in learning to speak Chinese. It provides a great deal of everyday vocabulary from around the town and house, and presents it in a fun format. It comes complete with stickers to label everyday objects in your house, for example, which act as a constant reminder as to the Chinese words.
I definately recommend this book, with the addition of a good dictionary for the student interested in learning Chinese characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOCKINGLY AWESOME Sept. 23 2002
By Nick
Format:Paperback
I teach from this book. It is awesome in all languages. Replete with pictures, fun stuff and good words, it is the ULTIMATE BEGGINNER BOOK.
I love using it to teach and it can be worked with without teacher...
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