CHINESE in 10 minutes a day Paperback – Oct 15 1998
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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.
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.
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.
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 ...Read more ›
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I am studying Mandarin independtly and have been doing so for several months. I bought this book as a supplement to my other lessons. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2011 by P. Brown
Before buying (or reviewing) a language instruction book, you should consider the purpose of the book. Read morePublished on July 12 2004
The system is a pretty good one. There are lots of pictures, pages to help you practice saying and writing the words, etc. Read morePublished on May 7 2003
For the traveller this is a great, fairly easy way to learn a difficult language.Published on March 8 2003
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