Item description for CHINESE in 10 minutes a dayÂ® with CD-ROM (10 Minutes a Day) by Kristine K. Kershul...
Overview A trip to China is magical, especially when you can speak the language. So, before you visit the Great Wall, take the first step here. This book/CD-ROM combo is a complete and fun language learning experience. Useful study tools and special computer activities make learning quick, easy and enjoyable! Spend just 10 minutes a day(R) and you'll be speaking Chinese in no time!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.5" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2008
Publisher Bilingual Books, Inc. (WA)
Series 10 Minutes A Day
ISBN 1931873011 ISBN13 9781931873017
Availability 0 units.
More About Kristine K. Kershul
Kristine K. Kershul blends her experience as a teacher, world traveler and language scholar to create a playful, innovative way to learn and use a new language. Teacher: As an expert linguist, Kristine spent ten years teaching German at universities in the United States and in Europe. World Traveler: An adventurous spirit, Kristine has explored more than 100 countries, from Bhutan to Zimbabwe, and almost every exotic locale in between. She understands the problems that all travelers encounter, regardless of which country they are visiting. She knows first-hand how languages can open doors to new adventures, new friends and different cultures. Language Scholar: Kristine completed her undergraduate and graduate studies while living in Heidelberg, Germany. She then received a second Master's Degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara and subsequently, did her Doctoral studies in Medieval German Languages and Literature. In addition to German she also speaks a number of other languages ranging from Arabic to Swahili. A Colorful Background: Kristine's fascination for languages began as a child growing up in a tri-lingual household in Oregon, where Croatian, Danish and English were spoken. Kristine's natural gift for languages opened doors outside the academic world. She worked as a bilingual travel guide in Europe and later, as a translator at the U.S. Embassy in Germany. On A Personal Note: Kristine's passion for travel, foreign languages and new cultures continues to take her around the world. One never knows where she'll venture to next - Namibia, Kiribati or Guyana. Kristine is a licensed pilot, a certified diver and an avid downhill skier. She enjoys competitive horseback riding and playing the piano. She makes her home in both Seattle, Washington and in Cape Town, South Africa.
Kristine K. Kershul currently resides in Santa Barbara Seattle, in the state of California.
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Reviews - What do customers think about CHINESE in 10 minutes a dayÂ® with CD-ROM (10 Minutes a Day)?
Chinese in 10 minutes a day Jul 6, 2008
The Kershul method of learning is a great way to learn a new language. I took this method of language learning to help me learn Russian well over twenty years ago and I still remember much of the course curriculum. I would recommend this method of learning as a supplement to actual immersion training for everyone.
A good book for adults and children Jun 4, 2008
I use this book to learn Chinese along with 10 others. When I get bored from using other Chinese book, I will come back to this one. It's simple to use for both adults and young children.
fantastic book Mar 7, 2007
not enough said about this book, it takes you from basics to conversation.
Children's picture book for the deluded Jul 23, 2006
The title really speaks for itself. I was desperate to learn Chinese quickly for travel, was up late, read the reviews, flipped out and bought it. Another romance language if you know one in 10 minutes a day maybe, Chinese if you speak English from a book without audio-not so much....
Let's review the logistics. They don't read English so you can't point to it. You don't read Chinese so you're looking at pictures (not when driving to work). So after dinner you paste romanized Chinese words around the house. Time's up. The next day you memorize a few words that may have a different meaning from the one you intend because you don't have audio phonetics and its a tonal language. Gotta go. The next day, you forget evrything because you only spent 10 minutes and you can't relate it to English. You do the math.
The approach reminds me of the Monty Python skit, where Hungarian tries to buy cigarettes using a phrasebook that inspires him to say "my hovercraft is full of eels" .
And as to the reviews, we don't laugh at Clark Griswold for saying "look at how greatful the French are when we make the slightest effort to speak the language...." because other countries are more grateful when we try to butcher their language. We laugh because he buys "French on the airplane" and believes it works. On the way to China, you're tired, you drink, its crowded, you don't read Chinese, unlike French, they can't read this book, you take out "Chinese in 10 minutes a day" on a 17 hour flight, oops that's my day. Exaggeration, but not by much. You would either have to grow old or land in Hong Kong!
good to start a basic vocab and concept Jul 1, 2006
This was a good book to start a basic vocab and concept of what would later be studied in the Chinese language. I use this book very frequently to start learning a new language and, the only thing that would be missing would be an audio guide to the book. Pronunciation in Chinese is very essential to the word and understanding of the language.