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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (Dec 28 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844285269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844285269
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 1.6 x 18.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #750,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
I put 5 stars because it's worth nothing less. This book has more information in it than most of my $30-50 books.
This book has some really useful phrases, which are all written out in 3 different ways. English translation, followed by standard PinYin, and last in line, Chinese characters for Mandarin. A final column on the phrase pages has a handfull of key, (useful) words, and small phrases labelled 'what you may hear'.
The four basic tones or inflections are explained simply. The pronunciation guide in this book is a little abstract but sufficient. As for pronuciation of Chinese, NO BOOK will be able to teach the inflections and pronunciations accurately. However, if you've practiced Chinese with an experienced or native speaker, the book will give enough information to help you recall accurate pronunciation.
This book is about half E-C / C-E dictionary with 3,500 entries, according to the cover. I've been looking at this book for about three years now, still I find new information in it all the time.
The print quality is crisp black on @24lb. white paper, not thin paper. There are 2 different fonts used for the Chinese characters in the book. Unstylized strokes for the phrases, and stylized for addtional words, and dictionary entries. The illustrations are kinda cheezy, as it goes in language books. They're funny at least.
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Format: Paperback
The best Chinese aid I've ever seen. Hanzi, pinyin, and English, all on one line, with a C-E and E-C dictionary, to boot!
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By A Customer on March 11 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is good for basic words but lacks background information that would be helpful. Still, a greater starter book!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb42ae180) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb440e45c) out of 5 stars Good for basic words March 11 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is good for basic words but lacks background information that would be helpful. Still, a greater starter book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb42a8e1c) out of 5 stars Very good if you have the time Feb. 21 2007
By I. Badr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found the book very useful and it is well laid out.

Where I got caught up though is that I needed something quick and nimble, where I could quickly look things up. My stay was limited.

That is where I saw other titles with friends of mine that achieved that a little better. That is the only reason I rank it as 4 not 5.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb42a8ef4) out of 5 stars Good book but dated. Aug. 26 2009
By Matthew Howard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very informative. It presented a more Chinese way of saying things than if I were to try to translate it from English. Also it helps build a good vocabulary for a variety of scenarios and settings. That said. This book is extremely dated. It serves for great historical record, mentioning China as the "Kingdom of Bicycles" when there has been much development of National economy and infrastructure. In addition, some old words have taken on new meaning. In the book it tells you to address someone as comrade. While this was especially common during the time of Cultural Revolution, this practice is practically not in use. In fact today "Comrade" is slang for a gay person. Saying to someone "Hello Comrade," maybe taken more like saying, "What's up Fag?" It's important to know about things like this unless you want trouble. Also if it is really obvious you don't know much Chinese, they will probably be polite and explain it to you later.

This book is a good buy for anyone wanting to learn Mandarin Chinese. I also recommend buying another Chinese phrasebook to contrast it with.
HASH(0xb3c4899c) out of 5 stars This is the only book you need to start learning Chinese. Oct. 12 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I put 5 stars because it's worth nothing less. This book has more information in it than most of my $30-50 books.
This book has some really useful phrases, which are all written out in 3 different ways. English translation, followed by standard PinYin, and last in line, Chinese characters for Mandarin. A final column on the phrase pages has a handfull of key, (useful) words, and small phrases labelled 'what you may hear'.
The four basic tones or inflections are explained simply. The pronunciation guide in this book is a little abstract but sufficient. As for pronuciation of Chinese, NO BOOK will be able to teach the inflections and pronunciations accurately. However, if you've practiced Chinese with an experienced or native speaker, the book will give enough information to help you recall accurate pronunciation.
This book is about half E-C / C-E dictionary with 3,500 entries, according to the cover. I've been looking at this book for about three years now, still I find new information in it all the time.
The print quality is crisp black on @24lb. white paper, not thin paper. There are 2 different fonts used for the Chinese characters in the book. Unstylized strokes for the phrases, and stylized for addtional words, and dictionary entries. The illustrations are kinda cheezy, as it goes in language books. They're funny at least.
HASH(0xb4175f00) out of 5 stars This is the third one I've bought March 8 2011
By Paul Cedar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The first one I bought from a local book shop. When I went to China, my friend decided it was also good for her to learn English, so I gave it to her. I bought another on Amazon, but my fried who went to Guangzhou to teach English decided he didn't have enough time to buy it himself, so I gave him that one. Now, I am leaving for China soon to teach ESL, so I'm buying my third copy. I may have to disguise it to prevent further losses. This book is well organized and it's easy to find the part you need in a hurry. Because it is engaging enough, it is not only for pulling out when you need it. You can actually sit and read it without falling asleep. Learning Chinese is hard enough, so it's nice to find a book that helps take the edge off a little bit.


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