Item description for Talk Mandarin Today (Book and CD) by Hong Xiao...
Talk Mandarin Today is a practical guide for learning and getting by in Mandarin Chinese for adult learners. With the busy reader in mind, each lesson works first to bring fast acquisition and build practical ability in speaking the language. By providing simple sentence structures and concise grammar notes, the book helps readers learn the language in a more intuitive way. Learners will build confidence fast in order to speak, to try, and to put what they have learned into practice.
There are thirty lessons in the book of which the contents are selected considering time, space and human activities. This book is sold with a CD.
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Studio: The Chinese University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2006
Publisher The Chinese University Press
ISBN 9629962713 ISBN13 9789629962715
Reviews - What do customers think about Talk Mandarin Today (Book and CD)?
OK, but a little too business oriented - odd choice of vocabulary Mar 24, 2008
I am using this book to learn some Mandarin on my own, and this seemed like an OK book for doing so. A bit dry, though. It's usable, but there must be better books out there.
The main problem is that this book is business-oriented to the extreme. It follows the adventures of a Mr. Green, who apparently spends most of his time in his office talking about business cards, email, computer viruses, and about a dozen different ways of sending letters and packages through the mail system. Thus, in section 5 we learn the word for "computer software", in section 8 we learn words for "email attachment", "computer virus", "web page", and "telex" (a prehistoric communication device), while section 9 introduces "registered letter by air" versus "express letter delivered by courier" among others.
Fortunately, in the later parts of the book Mr. Green actually gets out of the office, so we finally learn how to order a coffee, buy stuff, or talk to normal people.
I understand this book tries to target the business market, but this goes too far. I guess if you choose to ignore this and get through the first dozen chapters, it's an OK book. And on the plus side, while this book may not help you find friends or get laid, you will be able to talk to your Chinese secretary about every possible detail of office management.
Good (3-4 stars) Aug 10, 2005
I am learning Mandarin on my own (with occasional help from a native speaker) and found this book + CDs very useful. Unlike many other elementary text books, Talk Mandarin Today also covers some essential vocabulary related to business and information technology.
A minor flaw is that a few of the vocabularies and translations in the 3rd section of the book (Lesson 21-30) are incomplete or inaccurate.