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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 Series
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for everyday speaking Oct. 7 2002
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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4.0 out of 5 stars very good with a little bit of dedication April 10 2001
By Stacie
I found a few translation mistakes, but most are corrected later on by giving the other correct definition (though you may want a dictionary to be sure which is which). There weren't too many though, and I'm sure most any foreign language book is bound to have a few. What I really loved about this book was that in addition to the pinyin, they also gave the pronunciation piece by piece the way it would really be written in English-it's the only book I've seen that's done that, and for that added help on the pronuciation (which you could very easily mess up using only the pinyin) I would recommend this book.
But it's not only that: it offers most of the vocab you would NEED while in China, and though it doesn't have much to offer in the way of grammar, you can get by with only a little bit of confusion with the words and limited gramatical structure you pick up in the book.
And just in case it doesn't mention it in the description: this is Mandarin Chinese: which is spoken in Beijing, and not the Cantonese which is spoken in Hong Kong.
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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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and motivating July 25 2004
By A Customer
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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By Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER
I've had this book for a while. I agree with the reviews that this is an excellent beginners book. The exercises, pictures, tear out cards and stickers to put on things around the house make this book unique and fun. I still have the stickers on my mirror, tv and fridge, etc. They make interesting conversation when company reads them and discovers they can speak Chinese words so easily.

This book takes away the fear of what has been known to be a difficult language to learn (it's not that bad actually - I think English grammar is way more scary). The book uses Pinyin which is the international alphabet. But it provides some pronunciation tips based on English sounds to help you learn the pinyin alphabet. The book doesn't focus on the Chinese script, so that's not the purpose of this book. The purpose is to give you a basic vocabularly and a comfort level that you can speak or know enough to survive your early days in China or casual conversation, shopping, etc. For that reason, I believe it's an excellent introductory book. I remember being very pleased and relieved when I started reading this book. Within less than a minute I was saying Na shi cha - That is tea. The very first page of the book has three simple sentences so you start talking immediately. Of course you have to make some effort to do the exercises, but they're fun so that makes it easy - and the feeling of success very early just encourages you to continue.

(If you want character books there are many that are good. Two books I highly recommend for that are Volume 1 250 Essential Chinese Characters and Volume 2
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