Chinese for Beginners: Mastering Conversational Chinese by Yi Ren and Xiayuan Liang
Yi Ren has taught thousands of Americans to speak Chinese fluently. Now, she and co-author Xiayuan Liang share their secrets for fast mastery of Chinese with you.
Chock full of extra hints and tips drawn from the authors' many years of experience teaching Chinese in adult evening classes, Chinese for Beginners focuses on realistic situations you'll encounter when you meet people in China. New words are explained in terms of how you'll actually use them to communicate with new friends. The disc lets you listen and repeat and remember the sentences with ease, and will help you soon declare with pride, "I can say that in Chinese!"
- Lighthearted approach brings Chinese to life in a down-to-earth fashion
- Real-life dialogues and situations help you converse with confidence
- An "Extend Your Vocabulary" feature in each chapter helps you to remember and understand more words that you'd think possible
- Native-speaker audio recordings teach you to pronounce Chinese accurately
- Answer Keys help you keep track of your learning process Interesting notes, idioms, sayings, photos, poems, and insider tips about China's culture, special places, and everyday life add to the adventure
This user-friendly guide to learning the basics will work for anyone who wants to speak and understand Chinese for business, for pleasure, or for travel—and who wants to enjoy the process of learning a new language while they're at it!
Chinese for Beginners: Mastering Conversational Chinese - About the Author
Yi Ren taught and did research in Beijing after graduating from Tsinghua University. On moving to the U.S. she began to teach Chinese to children at weekend Chinese Schools, and also to tutor others in Chinese. After years of being worn down by her adult students' begging her to do it, Yi decided to capture her special teaching methods on paper, in a book to help other adult Chinese learners. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.
Xiayuan Liang practiced medicine in China before coming to the United States in 1986. She did biomedical research at Washington University in St. Louis and Georgetown University, then resumed her career as a physician. She currently is an associate professor at University of Colorado School of Medicine. In her spare time, Xiayuan likes to read and to discuss interesting topics with friends—in Chinese, of course!