For All Ages
by Lonely Planet
With Two-Way Dictionary
DID YOU KNOW?
- Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in
- The standard form of Mandarin is based on the
dialect of Mandarin spoken in Beijing. This is the form of Mandarin
you’ll see and hear in the media and in official government
THE MANDARIN WRITING SYSTEM
Mandarin is written using picture-like characters,
or logographs. Each character usually represents a syllable and most
words are made up of two or three characters. Meaning and sound is
carried to some extent or another by a character. The complete set of
characters numbers in the tens of thousands (dictionaries can contain
50,000 characters) but the average newspaper reader will need to know
around 3000 characters to get by. It takes 10 years of formal schooling
to achieve full literacy in Mandarin.
In 1958 the Chinese officially adopted a system
for writing Chinese using the Roman alphabet, known as Pinyin. The main
reason for developing Pinyin was to facilitate the spread of the Beijing
dialect of Mandarin as the national standard language. If you go to
China today you’ll see Pinyin everywhere: on maps, roadsigns, shop signs
and in brand names.
|| 1 – high – at the top of your vocal range
|| 2 – high rising – rises from the mid-low area of your range to
the high area
|| 3 – low falling-rising – starts in the mid-low range and moves
to the bottom before rising to the middle
|| 4 – high-falling – starts high and falls through your voice
While traveling in China,
you'll hear many people call out 'Hello', the only
English they know. Get beyond the basics and let the
world's most spoken language turn your trip into an
experience. Whether sampling the night life and markets
or trying out the range of exotic cuisine, you'll never
'lose face' by not knowing what to say.
extensive menu of
delicious dishes & regional cuisines
terms for meeting
people, getting around, accommodation, around
town, interests, food, in the country, health,
times, dates, festivals, numbers, emergencies,
hiking, cycling, business & shopping,
specific needs, ....
explaining guanxi (social networks), restaurant
etiquette & body language
printed in English,
Simplifies Chinese and Pinyin (roman script)
easy guide to
pronunciation with Pinyin
Mandarin is spoken in
Taiwan, Singapore & Mainland China
English-Mandarin and Mandarin-English
SAY IT IN MANDARIN!
Hello. 你好。 née·hăo
Goodbye. 再见。 zài·jyèn
Yes. 是。 shìr
No. 不是。 bóo·shìr
I’m from New Zealand.
wŏr tsóong sīn·sēe·lún lái
Don't just stand there, say something!
bòo yào jĕe jàn zài nà·lee, shwōr shyair hwà
How can I explain this to my parents?
āi·yo wŏr zér·me gĕrn fòo·mŏo jyāo·dài