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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
The Written Word: Yikes! No Alphabet!
Pinyin Spelling: Beijing, Not Peking
Sounding Off: Basic Chinese Sounds
Starting off with initials
Ending with finals
Perfect pitch: Presenting . . the four tones
Mastering Basic Phrases
How Chinese Is Easier Than English
Naming Those Nouns
Pronouns
Classifiers
Singular and plural: It’s not an issue
Describing Adjectives
Verbs
Coverbs
To be or not to be: The verb shì
The special verb: Yôu (to have)
Asking for what you want: The verb yào
Advocating Adverbs
Bù and Méiyôu: Total Negation
Getting Possessive with the Particle De
Asking Questions
The question particle “ma”
Using bù to ask a question
Interrogative pronouns
1, 2, 3: Cardinal Numbers
Discovering Ordinal Numbers
Telling Time
Monday, Tuesday: Weekdays
Using the Calendar and Dates
Money, Money, Money
Making and exchanging money
Accessing an ATM machine
Making Introductions
Acquainting yourself
Introducing your friends and family
Asking people for their names
Addressing new friends and strangers
Taking (a.k.a. rejecting) compliments
Saying goodbye
Asking Basic Questions
Chatting It Up
Yakking about the weather
Finding out where people are from
Chatting about family
Making small talk on the job
Talking about where you live
All about Meals
Dining Out
Dipping into some dim sum
Ordering Western food
Finding the Restrooms
Finishing Your Meal and Payingthe Bill
All the Tea in China
Going to Stores
Shopping for Clothes
What’s your size?
What are you wearing? Chu≈nversusdài
Asking about the color
Shopping for Other Items
Hunting for antiques
Buying hi-tech and electronics
Hitting the Markets for Food
Getting a Good Price and Paying
Negotiating prices at the night market
Demanding a refund
Going Out on the Town
Attending a performance
Exploring museums and galleries
Visiting historical sites
Going to the movies
Listening to a concert
Hopping around bars and clubs
Naming Your Hobbies
Exploring Nature
Tapping into Your Artistic Side
Getting into Sports
Picking Up a Telephone
Telephone basics
Making a phone call
Checking the answering machine
Heading Off to Work
Your office digs
Conducting a meeting
Scheduling and planning a meeting
Starting the meeting
Making a presentation
Using the Internet
On the Move: Types ofTransportation
Catching a plane
Hailing a cab
Hopping on the bus
Riding the rails
Going through Customs
Asking for Directions
Getting direction about directions
Answering “where” questions
Giving directions
Expressing distances with lí
Making a Room Reservation
Calling for Help in Times of Need
Receiving Medical Care
Finding a doctor
Describing what ails you
Discussing your medical history
Making a diagnosis
Treating yourself to better health
Calling the Police
Acquiring Legal Help
G∂ngxîG∂ngxî
Yí Lù Píng’≈n
Yì Yán Nán Jìn
MâmâH∆h∆
K≈i Wán Xiào
Máfan Nî
Zênme Yàng?
Qîng Wèn
ZìjîLái
∑iya!
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Chinese Phrases For Dummies

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Hundreds of useful phrases at your fingertips

Speak Chinese - instantly!

Traveling to China but don't know Chinese? Taking Chinese at school but need to kick up your conversation skills? Don't worry! This handy little phrasebook will have you speaking Chinese in no time.

Discover how to

Get directions, shop, and eat out Talk numbers, dates, time, and money Chat about family and work Discuss sports and the weather Deal with problems and emergencies
Hundreds of useful phrases at your fingertips

Speak Chinese - instantly!

Traveling to China but don't know Chinese? Taking Chinese at school but need to kick up your conversation skills? Don't worry! This handy little phrasebook will have you speaking Chinese in no time.

Discover how to

Get directions, shop, and eat out Talk numbers, dates, time, and money Chat about family and work Discuss sports and the weather Deal with problems and emergencies

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