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The Rough Guide Phrasebook Mandarin Chinese (Rough Guide Phrasebooks) Paperback – 27 Apr 2006


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 3 edition (27 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843536358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843536352
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.4 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,147,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brendan T. Hole on 6 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a brilliant book in some ways and a disappointing book in others.
The way it is much better than its competitor 'The Lonely Plant Phrasebook to Mandarin Chinese' is that it includes, in brackets, the pronounciation guide = Extremely helpful for me - I was saying things like 'I would like a late (not plate) please' instead of 'I would like a fork please'

But the way that the 'Rough Guide to MC' is not as good as the lonely planet one is under its useful phrases section it isn't written out in chinese. Really unfortunate if your talking isn't that good.
Whereas if you show a chinese person the Chinese Script and radicals and they'll instantly understand you regardles of whether you are in a mainly Cantonese or a mainly Mandarin part of China.
Apart from not writing out the phrases underneath in chinese, the only other cons would just be picking really - e.g. the emergencies section wasn't as good as the Lonely Planet Phrasebook section.

My advice would be to buy both the Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide Phrasebooks, I have, as they both have their uses.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on 15 May 2007
Format: Paperback
I carry this phrasebook with me everywhere in China and find it extremely useful. I would agree with my fellow reviewer on the fact that Chinese Characters in all sections of the book would be useful.

Thanks to this book I was able to make a confident start to communicating in Chinese. I found the pronounciation guide on pages 250/251 excellent. From my experience I would say it is well worth spending time studying these two pages to learn the proper pinyin pronounciation rather than relying on their suggestions in brackets after each word/phrase. Personally the suggestions in brackets I have found to be unreliable at times.

This book rescued me from the frustration of not being able to communicate.
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By Suz on 13 Jun. 2010
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Having managed to learn no mandarin before spending 2 weeks in China I bought this to help out plus the LonelyPlanet version. This has a better pronunciation guide (phonetic as well as pinyin); but lonely planet had a better chinese character dictionary. In the end I only used this one, but, still no-one understood what I said! Useful to have a dictionary and point to things you need.. and I wouldnt go without one, but, I dont think theyve made the perfect Mandarin travel phrasebook yet!
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This phrasebook is good for a quick read before going on holidays, to learn the very basics of Mandarin. You can also use it when abroad to point at the Chinese characters to help make yourself understood.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Hill on 9 April 2009
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No good if you are trying to start a conversation with a piece of fruit.
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