This popular introduction to Mandarin Chinese is now accompanied by 2 audio CDs covering each of the ten lessons with a special section devoted to the Pinyin dialect. Each lesson uses dialogues to teach the basics of grammar, vocabulary, everyday speech, and the written language. Exercises reinforce the material covered in the dialogues, and each lesson ends with a 'Cultural Insights' section that offers a deeper view into the Chinese people. Their way of thinking and the constants of their daily life.
The author received his PhD in Anthropology and Linguistics from Columbia University, USA. He presently co-ordinates the Chinese Programme at the UN and serves as the Vice-President and Executive Director of the Chinese Language Teachers' Association of Greater New York.