Chinese Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide

Chinese Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide

Claudia Ross

Language: English

Pages: 448

ISBN: 007147725X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Learning Chinese is a no-brainer with Demystified

Chinese Demystified walks you step by step through the fundamentals and moves on to more advanced topics. Each chapter concludes with a self-test that allows you to track your progress, and a comprehensive final exam at the end of the book gives instant feedback on new language skills. The book includes characters in simplified and traditional formats along with pinyin phonetic translation for easy pronunciation.




















now and are adverbs. They come right before the action verb or before a prepositional phrase that precedes the action verb. The Sentence-Final Particle is a sentence-final particle with several functions. One of these functions is to reinforce the meaning of an ongoing action. It often occurs with now or right now. is also used to signal an echo question (see Chapter 14). The Verb Suffix directly follows a verb and indicates that the subject is in the process of performing the action. It

any chapter. The material in each chapter is presented in order of complexity, but the chapters are relatively independent of each other. Chinese takes longer for English speakers to learn than most other languages, in large part because Chinese has a character-based writing system, but also because English and Chinese share almost no vocabulary in common. Studying Chinese is an adventure, and great discoveries await you along the way. Don’t be discouraged by the time it takes to reach familiar

recite the time in English. Minutes Past the Hour, Using To indicate minutes past the hour up to but not including half past the hour, add the word past before the minutes. If is used, the word minute is usually included. Written Practice 19-3 Write each of the following times in Mandarin, adding or to the time expression. 1. 1:25 _________________________________________________________________________________ 2. 8:17

_______________________________________________________________________ For questions 73–76, write a complete Mandarin sentence from each set of phrases to match the English sentence, using a connecting word from the following list. The answers to questions 78–82 are based on the following chart, which shows the relative position of several locations in a city. Answer each question with a complete Mandarin sentence. _______________________________________________________________________ 83.

chicken. eng   Pronounced like the ung in lung and sung. ei      Pronounced like the ay in way. i       (after j, q, or x) Pronounced like the ee in cheese. Your lips should be spread as in a smile, and your tongue should be high and flat against the roof of your mouth. (after z, c, or s) Not actually a vowel sound at all. To pronounce it correctly, simply continue the s or z sound from the preceding consonant. For the pronunciation of z and c, see above. (after zh, ch, sh, or r) Pronounced

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