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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started 7 Chapter 1: Chinese in a Nutshell 9 Chapter 2: The Written Word: Checking out Chinese Characters 21 Chapter 3: Warming Up with the Basics: Chinese Grammar 31 Chapter 4: Getting Started with Basic Expressions: N" HGBPo! 51 Chapter 5: Getting Your Numbers, Times, and Measurements Straight 65 Chapter 6: Speaking Chinese at Home 85 Part II: Chinese in Action 97 Chapter 7: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 99 Chapter 8: Dining Out and Shopping for Food 111 Chapter 9: Shopping Made Easy 137 Chapter 10: Exploring the Town 159 Chapter 11: Taking Care of Telecommunications 171 Chapter 12: Chinese at School and at Work 187 Chapter 13: Recreation and Outdoor Activities 205 Part III: Chinese on the Go 217 Chapter 14: Planning a Trip 219 Chapter 15: Making Cents of Money 231 Chapter 16: Getting Around 247 Chapter 17: Asking for Directions 265 Chapter 18: Finding a Place to Stay 279 Chapter 19: Handling Emergencies 295 Part IV: The Part of Tens 309 Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Learn Chinese Quickly 311 Chapter 21: Ten Things Never to Do in China 315 Part V: Appendixes 319 Appendix A: Mini-Dictionary 321 Appendix B: Chinese Verbs 343 Appendix C: On the CD 347 Appendix D: Answer Key 349 Index 355
Dr. Wendy Abraham has taught Chinese language, literature, and culture at universities throughout the United States. She has Master's degrees in both Chinese Language and Education, an EdD in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and was a PhD candidate in Chinese literature at Stanford University. Dr. Abraham has lived in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, where she conducted post-graduate research on oracle bones and the origins of the Chinese writing system.