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Need Chinese language books that will help you master this foreign language? We have an exceptional range of books that will help you learn or even teach Chinese.

  • Chineasy

    Noma Bar

    Product Code: AKKPV
    Other
    The Chinese language is traditionally taught through a series of between roughly 180 and 215 radicals. These radicals are then used to form the characters of the Chinese language. Chineasy has broken down this collection of characters into their most basic and recurring forms, allowing students to learn fewer and simpler radicals that we have termed building blocks. One building block, or a specific compound form of the building block can be combined with one or more other characters to make a compound character. Two or more independent characters can be placed next to one another to make phrases. In compounds, a whole new character is created; in phrases, the placement of characters next to one another gives a new meaning to the collection of characters. This principle of building blocks is what makes Chineasy so easy!
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  • Complete Mandarin Chinese Pack

    DK

    Product Code: AKHAN
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    This is the perfect starter kit for learning Mandarin Chinese fast - talk with confidence in just 12 weeks. The Complete Language Pack Mandarin Chinese is an easy-to-follow, practical course that teaches you all the essentials in just 15 minutes a day, five days a week over three months. It's a complete starter pack for beginners and combines the bestselling 15-Minute Language Course and Visual Phrase Book with three accompanying CDs plus a pocket-sized guide for instant reference when you're out and about. Learning is broken up into bite-sized chunks with simple conversations based on real-life situations and practice exercises giving you plenty of opportunities to test your newly acquired skills. The Complete Language Pack Mandarin Chinese teaches you what you need to know fast proving that learning a language need not be a linguistic challenge.
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  • Easy Peasy Chinese Workbook

    Nelly Graham

    Product Code: AOMAJ
    Paperback
    This book includes a complete visual workbook for beginners learning Mandarin Chinese, the perfect companion to DK's Easy Peasy Chinese. Learning Mandarin will be easy peasy with this practical workbook. From ordering at a restaurant to buying a train ticket Easy Peasy Chinese Workbook helps you master the language through practical exercises and hands-on activities. Whether your child is learning Mandarin at school or you're learning the language for travel, Easy Peasy Chinese Workbook is ideal for beginners of all ages. Covering the basics of Mandarin such as writing characters and everyday words, and progressing to essential Chinese vocabulary and conversation practice, Easy Peasy Chinese Workbook makes mastering Chinese enjoyable and easy. This practical fill-in workbook helps you develop and perfect your Mandarin Chinese writing skills. Easy peasy!
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  • Complete Cantonese Beginner to Intermediate Course

    Hugh Baker

    Product Code: AQLUL
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    Complete Cantonese is a comprehensive book and audio language course that takes you from beginner to intermediate level. The new edition of this successful course has been fully revised and is packed with new learning features to give you the language, practice and skills to communicate with confidence. -Maps from A1 to B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages -22 learning units plus four review sections and grammar summary -Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick -Teaches the key skills - reading, listening and speaking -Learn to learn - tips and skills on how to be a better language learner -Culture notes - learn about the people and places of Hong Kong and Southern China -Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims -Authentic listening activities - everyday conversations give you a flavour of real spoken Cantonese -Test Yourself - see and track your own progress In this pack you'll get a 448-page book and two CDs of audio learning material (160 minutes). Coming soon: get our companion app. Cantonese course: Teach Yourself is full of fun, interactive activities to support your learning with this course. Apple and Android versions available. Aso available soon: Get Started in Beginner's Cantonese (ISBN 9781444174991). Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 70 years.
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  • Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrasebook

    Lonely Planet

    Product Code: APGWA
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    Lonely Planet: The world's #1 phrasebook publisher* Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrasebook & Audio CD is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Mandarin phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Find the perfect authentic yum cha, express your appreciation of your host's culinary prowess or converse over a game of mah jong; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now! Get More From Your Trip with Easy-to-Find Phrases for Every Travel Situation! *Listen & Learn with our audio CD *Feel at ease with essential tips on culture, manners, idioms and multiple meanings *Order with confidence, explain food allergies, and try new foods with the menu decoder *Save time and hassles with vital phrases at your fingertips *Never get stuck for words with the 3500-word two-way, quick-reference dictionary *Be prepared for both common and emergency travel situations with practical phrases and terminology *Meet friends with conversation starter phrases *Get your message across with easy-to-use pronunciation guides Inside Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrasebook & Audio CD: *Audio CD includes 375 key phrases *Full-colour throughout phrasebook *User-friendly layout organised by travel scenario categories *Survival phrases inside front cover for at-a-glance on-the-fly cues Convenient features *5 Phrases to Learn Before You Go *10 Ways to Start a Sentence *10 Phrases to Sound like a Local * Listen For - phrases you may hear * Look For - phrases you may see on signs * Shortcuts - easy-to-remember alternatives to the full phrases * Q&A - suggested answers to questions asked Covers *Basics - time, dates, numbers, amounts, pronunciation, reading tips, grammar rules *Practical - travel with kids, disabled travellers, sightseeing, business, banking, post office, internet, phones, repairs, bargaining, accommodations, directions, border crossing, transport *Social - meeting people, interests, feelings, opinions, going out, romance, culture, activities, weather *Safe Travel - emergencies, police, doctor, chemist, dentist, symptoms, conditions *Food - ordering, at the market, at the bar, dishes, ingredients The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrasebook & Audio CD , a pocket-sized comprehensive language guide with accompanying audio CD, provides on-the-go language assistance; great for language students and travellers looking to interact with locals and immerse themselves in local culture. Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Anthony Garnaut, Tim Lu. About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, and has been connecting travellers and locals for over 25 years with phrasebooks for 120 languages, more than any other publisher! With an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community, Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves. The world awaits! *#1 phrasebook publisher. Source: Nielsen Bookscan UK, US & AUS
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  • Lonely Planet China Phrasebook & Dictionary

    Lonely Planet

    Product Code: AOXHZ
    Paperback
    Lonely Planet: The world's #1 phrasebook publisher* Lonely Planet China Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Get more from your multi-country trip with easy-to-find phrases for Mandarin, Cantonese, Chaozhou, Dongbei Hua, Hakka, Hunanese, Shanghainese, Sichuanese, Xi'an, Yunnan Hua, Zhuang, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uighur. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now! Coverage Includes: Mandarin, Cantonese, Chaozhou, Dongbei Hua, Hakka, Hunanese, Shanghainese, Sichuanese, Xi'an, Yunnan Hua, Zhuang, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uighur. Organized by language, this one-stop resource makes travelling through multiple countries simple. With each language you can: *Order with confidence, explain food allergies, and try new foods *Save time and hassles with vital phrases at your fingertips *Never get stuck for words with the 350-word two-way, quick-reference dictionaries *Be prepared for common and emergency travel situations with practical phrases and terminology *Meet friends with conversation starter phrases *Get your message across with easy-to-use pronunciation guides Inside Lonely Planet China Phrasebook & Dictionary : *Full-color throughout *User-friendly layout organized by travel scenario categories *Survival phrases inside front cover for at-a-glance on-the-fly cues *Language map for quick reference Covers *Basics - time, dates, numbers, pronunciations, common language difficulties *Practical - sightseeing, banking, post office, internet, phones, bargaining, accommodations, directions, border crossing, transport *Social - meeting people, interests, feelings, opinions, going out, culture *Safe Travel - emergencies, police, doctor, chemist, dentist, symptoms, conditions *Food - ordering, at-the-market, at- the-bar, dishes, ingredients The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet China Phrasebook & Dictionary, a pocket-sized, comprehensive multi-language guide, provides on-the-go language assistance; great for language students and travellers looking to interact with locals and immerse themselves in local culture. * Looking for just a few of the languages covered in this phrasebook? Check out Lonely Planet's individual phrasebooks for Mandarin, Cantonese, Tibetan and Mongolian. Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet. About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, and has been connecting travellers and locals for over 25 years with phrasebooks for 120 languages, more than any other publisher! With an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community, Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves. The world awaits! Check out our Fast Talk Phrasebook mobile app for on-the-go language needs. (Available languages: German, Latin Spanish, European Spanish, French, and Italian.) *#1 phrasebook publisher. Source: Nielsen Bookscan UK, US & AUS
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  • Insight Guides Phrasebooks: Mandarin

    Product Code: AOGUJ
    Paperback
    Introducing the brand new Insight Phrasebooks for 2015 with a free audio app download! Compact and lightweight, these pocket-sized phrasebooks are packed with all the words and phrases users need to feel at home, when away. These indispensable little books feature easy-to-use, colour-coded sections, snippets of local information and language tips, and all the words travellers need to get around and about. There's also a free audio app - just download for free before you go using the individual download code inside the book. It's full of key phrases from the book and features native speakers for perfect pronunciation. It's easy - just follow along to the book as you listen and repeat or simply use on its own.
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  • Chineasy Notebooks

    ShaoLan

    Product Code: ANGWW
    Other
    Learning Chinese is notoriously difficult and has long put off even the most linguistically savvy Westerners until now. ShaoLan has used her entrepreneurial and software background to unpick Chinese characters and create a simple system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of the written language. Working with renowned illustrator Noma Bar, she has developed a unique set of illustrations that are engaging and delightful and offer a glimpse into the wonder of the Chinese language and culture.
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  • Berlitz Language: Cantonese for Your Trip

    Berlitz

    Product Code: AMXDP
    Paperback
    Being able to speak a little of the local language enhances any trip abroad, and this beginner-level Cantonese audio course contains all the key travel phrases you need to communicate with confidence. The 60-minute audio CD features native Cantonese speakers using phrases you're likely to encounter in typical travel situations. In no time, you will be able to meet and greet people, be familiar with numbers, time and days of the week, find your way around transport, shops, and restaurants, and make new friends. The DVD case includes a sturdy booklet that is easily portable and includes phonetic transcriptions of the phrases on the CD, plus handy tips and key word reminders. The contents of the CD can be easily downloaded to your iPod or MP3 player.
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  • Talk Mandarin Chinese

    Alwena Lamping

    Product Code: AMQJL
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    Talk Mandarin Chinese (Book and CD) has already inspired thousands of people to learn Mandarin Chinese from scratch and find the confidence to give it a go. This pack includes a 144-page, full-colour course book and 2 x 60-minute audio CDs. Whether you're learning for business, travel or just for fun, its straightforward, step-by-step approach will ensure you're soon able to speak Mandarin Chinese in a range of everyday situations. With its specially designed activities and clear, jargon-free grammar explanations you'll quickly develop your language skills and make genuine progress right from the start. *Make real progress using the successful, proven Talk method. *Develop your language skills with tips and strategies to help you learn. *Practise and learn with interactive activities to support every topic. Other languages in the series: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Free online resources can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese/real_chinese www.bbcactivelanguages.com
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  • Talk Mandarin Chinese Book

    Alwena Lamping

    Product Code: AMJIY
    Paperback
    This book also comes as part of a pack with audio CDs: ISBN 9781406680171 Talk Mandarin Chinese (Book) has already inspired thousands of people to learn Mandarin Chinese from scratch and is great support if you're attending an Mandarin Chinese class. Whether you're learning for business, travel or just for fun, its straightforward, step-by-step approach will ensure you're soon able to speak Mandarin Chinese in a range of everyday situations. With specially designed activities and clear, jargon-free grammar explanations you'll quickly develop your language skills and make genuine progress right from the start. * Make real progress using the successful, proven Talk method. * Develop your language skills with tips and strategies to help you learn. * Practise and learn with interactive activities to support every topic. Also available: Talk Mandarin Chinese Pack (includes this book and 2 x 60-minute CDs) ISBN 9781406680171. Free online resources can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese/real_chinese www.bbcactivelanguages.com
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  • Start Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method

    Harold Goodman

    Product Code: ACMAH
    Audio
    Speak Mandarin Chinese - Instantly. No books. No writing. No memorizing. Learn 50 essential words at the heart of Mandarin Chinese and how to put them together to make yourself understood. This 1-hour introduction to the Michel Thomas method will have you speaking real Chinese straight away. There are no books, no pens, and no memorizing - just listen, connect and speak. - Guaranteed success. Speak and understand perfectly - Incredible progress. Get what you want, fast - Absolute confidence. Unleash your natural learning style without trying How it Works: Learn another language the way you learned your own You learned your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Chinese in the same way. You'll stick with it because you'll love it. Use the unique method perfected over fifty years by the celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas. This method works with your brain, helping you to build up your Chinese in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out the answers for yourself. You learn through listening and speaking without the pressure of writing or memorizing. You pick up the language naturally and unforgettably. Join the millions of people worldwide who have learned a new language with the Michel Thomas Method. Learn Anywhere Don't be tied to chunky books or your computer, Michel Thomas Method audio courses let you learn whenever you want: at home, in your car, or on the move with your MP3 player. @font-face { }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; }table.MsoNormalTable { font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } What's in the Course? The Perfect Introduction @font-face { }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; }table.MsoNormalTable { font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }Start Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method is an hour of essentials taken from Total Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method. (Total is the classic Michel Thomas Method course, now enhanced with extra vocabulary, on-screen learning, and exercises.) You will join Michel and two students in a live lesson and within the one hour you will be able to construct simple phrases. You will learn the language with the students,hearing both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. By the end, you will have the confidence to understand and speak many essentials of Chinese. Start Mandarin Chinese with the Michel Thomas Method provides an hour's teaching on one CD.
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  • Chineasy

    ShaoLan

    Product Code: AKKPU
    Other
    The Chinese language is traditionally taught through a series of between roughly 180 and 215 radicals. These radicals are then used to form the characters of the Chinese language. Chineasy has broken down this collection of characters into their most basic and recurring forms, allowing students to learn fewer and simpler radicals that we have termed building blocks. One building block, or a specific compound form of the building block can be combined with one or more other characters to make a compound character. Two or more independent characters can be placed next to one another to make phrases. In compounds, a whole new character is created; in phrases, the placement of characters next to one another gives a new meaning to the collection of characters. This principle of building blocks is what makes Chineasy so easy!
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  • Read and Write Chinese Script

    Song Lianyi

    Product Code: AAUAC
    Paperback
    Master Chinese script with this straightforward guide from Teach Yourself -- the No. 1 brand in language learning. Read and write Chinese script is a clear step-by-step guide to the written language, with plenty of examples from real-life texts to show how it works in context and lots of exercises to reinforce your learning. This new edition has an easy-to-read page design. Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online. Learn effortlessly with new, easy-to-read page design and interactive features: NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. USEFUL VOCABULARY Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at: www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of China. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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