Chinese For Dummies by Wendy Abraham

By Wendy Abraham

Positive aspects real-world examples and a mini-dictionary

Your pleasant consultant to knowing chinese language - fast and easily!

inquisitive about chinese language? even if you're a scholar, a visitor, doing foreign company, otherwise you simply are looking to decide up easy chinese language, this transparent, easy-to-follow advisor can have you announcing phrases in normal Mandarin like a local speaker. From grammar, numbers, and vocabulary to greetings, renowned expressions, and correct etiquette, you'll make your self understood in no time!

become aware of how to
* Have daily conversations
* communicate in "perfect pitch"
* build sentences
* comprehend cultural principles and taboos
* Get round in a Chinese-speaking kingdom

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Bowing with hands clasped: If you see hand clasping and bowing going on at the same time, you know the participants have something to celebrate. It indicates conveying congratulations or greeting others during special festival occasions. Their hands are held at chest level and their heads are slightly bowed (and they often have big smiles on their faces). 23 24 Part I: Getting Started Fun & Games Listen to the accompanying CD to see if you can imitate the following words, which are only distinguished by their tones.

Here are some of those: Chapter 1: Getting to Know a Little Chinese ߜ gôu zhàng rén shì (go jahng run shir; literally: the dog acts fierce when his master is present; to take advantage of one’s connections with powerful people) ߜ guà yáng tóu mài gôu ròu (gwah yahng toe my go roe; literally: to display a lamb’s head but sell dog meat; to cheat others with false claims) ߜ dâ câo j∫ng shé (dah tsaow jeeng shuh; literally: to beat the grass to frighten the snake; to give a warning) ߜ duì niú tán qín (dway nyo tahn cheen; literally: to play music to a cow; to cast pearls before swine) ߜ xuán yá lè mâ (shywan yah luh mah; literally: to rein in the horse before it goes over the edge; to halt) ߜ huà shé ti≈n zú (hwah shuh tyan dzoo; literally: to pain a snake and add legs; to gild the lily; to do something superfluous) ߜ hû tóu shé wêi (hoo toe shuh way; literally: with the head of a tiger but the tail of a snake; to start strong but end poorly) ߜ ch√ shuî mâ lóng (chuh shway mah loong; literally: cars flowing like water and horses creating a solid line looking like a dragon; heavy traffic) Mastering Basic Phrases If you make it a habit to use the following short Chinese phrases whenever you get the chance, you can master them in no time.

Definite versus indefinite articles If you’re looking for those little words in Chinese you can’t seem to do without in English, such as “a,” “an,” and “the” — articles, as grammarians call them — you’ll find they simply don’t exist in Chinese. The only way you can tell if something is being referred to specifically (hence, considered definite) or just generally (and therefore, indefinite) is by the word order. Nouns that refer specifically to something are usually found at the beginning of the sentence, before the verb: ߜ Sh∆ zài nàr.

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