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  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Cypress Book Co. UK Ltd; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845700090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845700096
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 1.3 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chinese Express---Talk Chinese is designed for English speakers studying Chinese at beginner's level. This is essential book for those determined to learn enough Chinese to not only survive, but also enjoy interaction with native speakers. Practical: English, Pinyin and Chinese characters are used in parallel, making learners more at ease. It is designed for use in the classroom or at home. It is includes practice for everyday situations, grammar explanations, exercises and cultural insights. Communication approach: The emphasis is on learning communication skills. 188 key sentences covering most useful situations in everyday life. Learning through doing, different types of exercises to help learners grasp the language in an enjoyable way. Straightforward: Grammar items are explained in simple English. And in a logical step by step order so as to be easy to understand and learn. Concise and direct topics and sentences are prefect for practical use.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LD50 on 29 Sept. 2010
... so it's not like I tried any others.

Having said that, starting Mandarin is not the easiest thing to do (and no, I don't know why I chose Mandarin) but this book is working well with the course and providing valuable backup - the course is structured around the same chapters as the book, but the CDs are the most use - to have the correct pronunciation/intonation is invaluable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Inder P. Sharma on 18 Oct. 2011
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I am studying Mandarin. This is my third year learning Chinese language and although it is somewhat basic to start with but the vocabulary builds up with new words and phrases. Very useful if you are visiting China. Its easy to learn with step by step guide and comes two CD's. I would recomend it for its simplicity and building up knowledge in Chinese Mandarinn.
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I was recommended this book by my Mandarin teacher and I found it most useful, easy to follow, CD pronunciation/lesson display excellent, the display/format on the pages with Mandarin sentences on the left and the English translation on the right side, below the Mandarin pinyin were the Mandarin characters.

With each new lesson/chapter were new Mandarin words and it gets built up as we went along. We felt confident and by about the 2 - 3 lessons we were asked to make our own sentences with words we had learnt. Whenever a question was asked, I understood it.

I must also give credit to our Mandarin teacher who made it fun, adding in new words of her own as we went along. We're an adult class, we very much look forward to our lessons every Saturday at 9.15 am - 11.30 am at the local school.
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It's difficult to give a completely objective review of language learning books, because different styles suite different people. However, for this reviewer, this book ticks the two "must have" boxes:
1) Audio - AS another reviewer points out, this is especially necessary for Chinese pronunciation!
2) Bit-sized chunks - I'm not a natural language learner and have a short attention span!

People who want a more advanced book should look elsewhere, but for getting a beginner started and giving them confidence, this is the best I've seen.
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Ok, now i'm no language expert so the fact i wasn't fluent after 7 days is no reflection on the book.! Any Chinese language book HAS to have audio with it so you can here the tonal differences otherwise you're wasting your time. This has good audio to accompany the chapters and a good step-by-step process. The book was recommended by my language tutor and we're working through it together. Long way to go but it's a great starter. Recommended.
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This is a great book for beginners with no background in Mandarin. You won't be disappointed! Haven't tried the CDs yet but am sure they would be good too (it comes with 2 CDs). At least 4 different language schools I know recommend this book especially for those on Business Mandarin courses.
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Bought this on the recommendation of my sons Mandarin Tutor. It has clear and simple explanations and comes with a CD so you can practice your pronunciation. He has been learning for 7 weeks and can hold a 2 minute conversation on the topics he has covered.
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