Speak Mandarin in 500 Words differs from most text books in that its specifically aimed at Mandarin Chinese for every day tasks and experiences:
Thats annoyinghmm. I wonder what the licence of the book is, maybe I could host it.
using this guide is extremely useful but i am still baffled by the writing. pronunciation of words; i have no problem with but writing just looks insane!
This reader has 30 lessons and each lesson has four units: Text, Words and Phrases, Review, and Extended Practice. The Text Unit, is practice-oriented, and its materials are drawn from daily life. The materials range from self-introduction to family, school, communication, and daily dialogues.
Im impressed that you learnt Zhuyin,currently im living in UK my friend has the intention of learning Mandarin, so im searching some free materials and see how it goes, pinyin seems easier for the beginner to start with. thanks the reply.and this is a nice website!!
thanks if you have opinions on this.
Interesting is that I was not able to download this book from mainland china without VPN.
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The lessons included in the book cover basic situations like greeting people in the morning, asking where to buy something and making telephone calls. While these may not seem the most exciting topics they are essential ones, so its worth keeping this book around and practicing a few chapters now and then as a supplement to your main studies.
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Hi Shiao, thanks for the kind comments ?
Please tell me what App I need to install in order to play the sound files. (Or what PDF Reader do I need) Thank you so much.
Please send me attachments of some ebooks or just link from where I can download I am eager to learn..
I have dwelt in N Sichuan since 2003. I downloaded 500 Words via Kickasstorrents. I clicked on an icon and it speaks the sentences.
I wanted to ask you what made you live in taiwan?
The great thing out the book is that its available in many languages, not just English. Portugese, French, Thai, Indonesian, German and Spanich version are available. There is one caveat though the book is only available in Traditional Chinese and not Simplified. Though, as Pinyin and Zhuyin pronunciations are included this shouldnt be an issue for people who are learning Simplified and this might even be a good way to start learning some key words in Traditional Chinese.
Everyones reason for learning Chinese is different, from going to China for business, moving to Taiwan to teach English, or just to give yourself a challenge. No matter what your reason is, one thing remains the same before you can progress you need to get the basics down first, as its the basics that will allow you to get by in your daily life using only Chinese. Luckily the Taiwanese Ministry of Education provides a free book for learning basic Chinese calledSpeak Mandarin in 500 Words.
im so interested in learning the chinese language and i need the most simplified materials for initiation.
i was reading your message and was wondering did you get a email about useful chinese books to learn from and if so could you tell me them, because me and my friend are learning mandarin from home now
Wow, nice, beautiful! But.. Shared hands will be a nice hand at last.. To work with others better than working lonely
I dont use either. I learnt Mandarin in Taiwan, and my teacher taught Zhuyin. Though, to answer your question more directly, Hanyu Pinyin is most widely used, so Im sure youll find most foreign learners of Chinese use this.
im a taiwanese, therere two options as Hanyu Pinyin ( international )and Tongyong Pinyin ( taiwan use only), which one did you take? do you find the big difference between those two?
i am beginner in mandarin chinese bt i cant get the material for reading. so if possible can you send me the mandarin chinese material in pdf format on my mail id. so for that i much grateful to you sir.
and can you write in mandarin aswell?
Yeah, due to the lack of Zhuyin learning materials outside Taiwan I would also advise most people to start with Pinyin. Someone recently asked me about a good beginners resource for Pinyin and I think the early episodes of Chinese with Mike are perfect:
send me emails of Chinese book which some one studying Chinese can use
Im also from the UK but i want to live in china most likely shanghai when i can was the step for you very difficult or did you have something like a job waiting for you in taiwan so it was an easy step?
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I downloaded the PDF file with sound. However, the sound file will not play on an Android tablet.