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Chinese For Dummies -- About the Author -- Dedication -- Author's Acknowledgments -- Contents at a Glance -- Table of Contents -- Introduction -- About This Book -- Conventions Used in This Book -- Foolish Assumptions -- How This Book Is Organized -- Icons Used in This Book -- Where to Go from Here -- Part I: Getting Started -- Chapter 1: Chinese in a Nutshell -- Grasping Chinese Dialects -- Pīnyīn Spelling: Beijing, Not Peking -- Sounding Off: Basic Chinese Sounds -- Adding Idioms and Popular Expressions to Your Repertoire -- Chapter 2: The Written Word: Checking out Chinese Characters -- Perusing Pictographs, Ideographs, and the Six Scripts -- The Chinese Radical: A Few Clues to a Character's Meaning -- Following the Rules of Stroke Order -- Which Way Did Those Characters Go? Unraveling Character Order -- Separating Traditional and Simplified Characters -- Using a Chinese Dictionary . . . without an Alphabet! -- Chapter 3: Warming Up with the Basics: Chinese Grammar -- The Basics of Chinese Nouns, Articles, and Adjectives -- Getting Into Verbs, Adverbs, Negation, and Possession -- Asking Questions -- Chapter 4: Getting Started with Basic Expressions: Nǐ Hǎo! -- Making Introductions -- Greeting and Chatting -- Chapter 5: Getting Your Numbers, Times, and Measurements Straight -- Counting in Chinese -- Telling Time -- Save the Date: Using the Calendar and Stating Dates -- Sizing Up Weights and Measures -- Chapter 6: Speaking Chinese at Home -- Hanging Out at Home -- Hunting for an Apartment -- Decorating Your New Digs -- Appointing Your Rooms, Fēng Shuǐ Style -- Part II: Chinese in Action -- Chapter 7: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk -- Establishing a Connection -- Making Small Talk on the Job -- Talking About Where You Live -- Chapter 8: Dining Out and Shopping for Food -- All About Meals -- Getting to Know Chinese Cuisines -- Dining Out.
All the Tea in China -- Taking Your Chinese to Go -- Chapter 9: Shopping Made Easy -- Going to Stores -- Getting What You Want at a Department Store -- Shopping for Clothes -- Shopping for Other Items -- Getting a Good Price and Paying -- Chapter 10: Exploring the Town -- Attending a Performance -- Exploring Museums and Galleries -- Visiting Historical Sites -- Going to the Movies -- Hopping Around Bars and Clubs -- Chapter 11: Taking Care of Telecommunications -- Getting Familiar with Telephone Terms -- Going Mobile with a Cellphone -- Making a Phone Call -- Sorry, I'm Not Home Right Now . . . -- Using the Internet -- Checking Your E-Mail -- Chapter 12: Chinese at School and at Work -- Going to School -- Settling into Your Office Digs -- Conducting a Meeting -- Discussing Business and Industry -- Chapter 13: Recreation and Outdoor Activities -- Naming Your Hobbies -- Exploring Nature -- Tapping into Your Artistic Side -- Striking Up the Band -- Playing on a Team -- Part III: Chinese on the Go -- Chapter 14: Planning a Trip -- Talking about When You Want to Travel -- Celebrating the Chinese Holidays -- Where To? Deciding on a Destination -- Passports and Visas: Don't Leave Home without 'Em -- Packing for Your Trip -- Enlisting the Help of a Travel Agency -- Chapter 15: Making Cents of Money -- Staying Current with Chinese Currency -- Exchanging Money -- Spending Money -- Doing Your Banking -- Tips on Tipping -- Chapter 16: Getting Around -- Flying Around the Airport -- Navigating Around Town -- Chapter 17: Asking for Directions -- Avoiding 20 Questions: Just Ask "Where?" -- Expressing Distances (Time and Space) with Lí -- Using Ordinal Numbers to Clarify Points of Reference -- Specifying Cardinal Points -- Chapter 18: Finding a Place to Stay -- Making a Room Reservation -- Checking In Before You Hit the Pool -- Taking Advantage of Hotel Service.
Checking Out Before Heading Out -- Chapter 19: Handling Emergencies -- Calling for Help in Times of Need -- Receiving Medical Care -- Calling the Police -- Acquiring Legal Help -- Part IV: The Part of Tens -- Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Learn Chinese Quickly -- Listen to Chinese-Language Tapes, CDs, and CD-ROMs -- Check Out a Peking Opera Performance -- Cook with a Wok -- Shop for Food in Chinatown -- Surf the Net -- Watch Kung-Fu Flicks -- Exchange Language Lessons -- Make Chinese Friends -- Study Chinese Calligraphy -- Be Curious and Creative -- Chapter 21: Ten Things Never to Do in China -- Never Accept a Compliment Graciously -- Never Make Someone Lose Face -- Never Get Angry in Public -- Never Address People by Their First Names First -- Never Take Food with the Wrong End of Your Chopsticks -- Never Drink Alcohol Without First Offering a Toast -- Never Let Someone Else Pay the Bill Without Fighting for It -- Never Show Up Empty-Handed -- Never Accept Food, Drinks, or Gifts Without First Refusing a Few Times -- Never Take the First "No, Thank You" Literally -- Part V: Appendixes -- Chinese-English Mini-Dictionary -- English-Chinese Mini-Dictionary -- Appendix B: Chinese Verbs -- Appendix C: On the CD -- Track Listing -- Customer Care -- Appendix D: Answer Key -- Index.
Dr. Wendy Abraham has taught Chinese language, literature, and culture at universities throughout the United States. She has Master's degrees in both Chinese Language and Education, an EdD in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and was a PhD candidate in Chinese literature at Stanford University. Dr. Abraham has lived in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, where she conducted post-graduate research on oracle bones and the origins of the Chinese writing system.
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