The section on survival phrases will be of much use to those who have already reached a basic level. There are several practice dialogues based on common situations--in the hotel, the bar, the airport, etc.--with some examples that demonstrate a wicked sense of humour. Although some of the advice borders on the infantile ("When you decide to travel outside the USA, you will probably need a passport"), much of it is useful and rounds out a well-composed package for someone starting out on the road to using the language overseas. --Toby Green
ChineseNow!'s four stimulating titles include: Fundamental Chinese, Survival Phrases for Chinese, Conversations in Chinese, and A Chinese Adventure with Andrés. GrammarPro!, its comprehensive grammar tool, adds more than 10,000 words, extensive tutorials, and grammar quizzes to your desktop. Installed, GrammarPro! integrates seamlessly with all four ChineseNow! titles to provide detailed grammar analyses with just a click of your mouse.
Online features, fun interactive games, conversations and phrases round out this deluxe suite. Practice your pronunciation using the integrated speech features, then record your voice and replay your conversation. Learn at your own pace by deciding when you need translation. And for Microsoft Windows users, GlobalWriter98, a word processing tool that helps you write in over 100 languages, as well as a handy screen saver are also included.