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ePub Survival Chinese download
Don Snow
The Commercial Press of China (January 1, 2002)
Foreign Language Study & Reference
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Survival Chinese book. Survival Chinese is designed for foreigners who live in China, and who study Chinese either on their own or with the help of a tutor.

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Read "Survival Chinese How to Communicate without Fuss or Fear - Instantly! . Key features of Survival Chinese include: Hundreds of useful Chinese words and expressions. An A-Z index which allows the book to function as a English to Chinese dictionary.

Key features of Survival Chinese include: Hundreds of useful Chinese words and expressions. Romanized forms, phonetic spellings, and Chinese Characters (Hanzi) for all words and phrases.

Survival Chinese is designed for foreigners who live in China, and who study Chinese either on their own or with the help of a tutor. In a user - friendly way, it introduces the basic Chinese language tools -vocabulary, sentence patterns, Pinyin, and Chinese characters-one needs for coping with daily life in China. It also helps students learn how to learn Chinese more effectively.
  • This is probably the best small book for learning enough Chinese to survive. I hope you can find a copy of the book. I believe it may have come out in a new edition with tapes or CDs. Don Snow has been teaching English at the Nanjing University for several years and really has thought about what one needs to learn. He also has tips for picking a tutor and how you should plan your learning. His suggestions are worth as much as the Chinese instruction. This really should be your first book. It will be very useful if you are only going to learn a little to get around in China. Don Snow has written a number of books about teaching English (especially in China), so he is a deep thinker about learning languages.

  • I had a friend of mine who is from Beijing take a peek, and a lot of the translations in here made him laugh. A lot of the sayings and questions imposed in this book aren't anywhere close to what people typically say in China, especially the portions where westerners might visit. Mightily disappointed.

  • As a practicing language teacher (I have taught English, French, Spanish and Russian to Chinese speakers) who learned his Chinese in the US using British, American, French, Russian and Chinese textbooks and has lived in Taiwan for over 30 years, I can assure readers that this is a very well-designed primer with remarkably few defects.
    The first 65 pages are devoted to the necessary groundwork for studying Chinese.
    Introduction [pp. 1-7], "Why Another beginning Chinese Textbook?" explains that this book is designed to help people who are probably NOT in a formal classroom setting, but do need to get around in a (Mainland) Chinese environment. "An important part of Chinese study in such situations is learning how to work with tutors who know Chinese but don't know how to teach it. In other words, learners need to learn how to gently turn well-meaning native speakers of Chinese into effective language teachers."
    The next section, "Studying Chinese With This Book," [pp. 8-29] presents three strategies: [Plan A: The First-Month-In-China Spoken Chinese Plan], [Plan B: The Speaking and Survival Reading Plan], [Plan C: The Total Mastery Plan]. Learners are responsible for deciding how and what they want to learn, instead of relying on what Mr. Snow diplomatically refers to as "well-meaning native speakers'" decisions about what a foreigner should be learning. This entails gauging one's energy levels and available time as well as deciding on a preferred study style. The author gives many intelligent suggestions, such as forming a support group of like-minded people and avoiding lazy (of course, Mr. Snow is too polite to say it directly) foreigners who claim Chinese is just too difficult.
    The third section, "Working With Tutors," has many astute observations, such as why professional teachers usually don't make ideal tutors and how (and why!) to pay tutors without causing offense.
    The fourth and largest introductory section covers pronunciation and the greatest stumbling stone for most foreign learners, the four tones. This is one place where I would disagree with Mr. Snow. His basic advice is sound (keep listening and practice a lot), but his description of tone is phonetically naive. Snow uses a 6-pitch scale (0-5) rather than the 5-pitch scale (1-5) used by modern linguists for the past 90 years or so. Snow is quite systematic about marking neutral tone (which he renames "light" tone), but inexplicably marks the general measure word "ge" as "ge4" throughout the text. Snow mentions tone sandhi (without using the technical word) involving two third-tone syllables, but ignores tone sandhi involving 1, 7, and 8 (which many Chinese also ignore, so at least he's consistent). Since this is a textbook for general readers who just want to get their feet wet, these problems are rather trivial.
    The main body of this book is divided into 24 lessons. One of the things I admire the most is that this textbook is peppered with many practical suggestions on how to get out into the street and practice with real people, along with the occasional pep talk for those whose progress seems too slow. A few samples:
    Lesson 8: Getting Things Fixed "Point to equipment and appliances that might break or have already cause problems and ask your tutor to say the names of the objects in Chinese as you write them down in Pinyin. Keep a notebook."
    Tip: Accents and dialects
    "There are only a few places in China where the average person actually pronounces things the way textbooks say they should. ...accept this as a reality rather than burning a lot of emotional energy getting frustrated by it. Perhaps even revel in it as a reflection of China's rich regional diversity."
    The last two sections are a Chinese to English glossary (pp. 307-327) and a list of other Chinese books to continue one's study and three guides to language learning. Survival Chinese would be useful even for people who plan to live in Taiwan, because a tutor can readily point out the few places where "We usually don't say it that way." Most of the simplified characters can be readily recognized by Taiwanese -- they will supply the traditional forms used here. I have bought several copies of this book to give away to foreign friends.

  • This is the book I WISH I had bought before coming to China 2 years ago. Simple, straight-forward, practical instruction coupled with some real choice insights -- like the fact that the /n/ in "shenme" is silent or that speakers often drop the rising part of the 3rd tone when followed by another syllable -- would have saved me a lot of struggling through more traditional Chinese textbooks (re: long vocabulary lists and not particularly useful dialogues about visiting Datong or attending a friend's wedding) and making simple mistakes for many, many months. But live and learn! I'm still glad I bought this book and will use it as an occasional refresher of some of the basics, especially for things I haven't done in a while (like changing money). Plus, I had the chance to meet Don Snow last spring, before I even knew about this book, and found him to be a really nice and fascinating guy who truly understands the complex experience of the foreigner living and working in China.

  • When I first started to learn Chinese, I read reviews of this book, and tried to find it, but it was out of print. Later on, I had a friend who lent me this book, saying it was the best he ever used. It was! I ended up finding the book after extensive searching, and have to say, it is by far the easiest book to understand, read, and learn the basics of Chinese- all other Chinese language books could take a lesson here!

  • I've seen most of these books. This one, by Don Snow, is the easiest to use and is wonderfully complete.

    Decent layout, too, with clear type with a nice use of white space. Solid binding!

    Bonus: it is on that pretty cheap Asian paper which means that it is more compact than Western books.

  • About five years ago my girlfriend's father decided he wanted to learn Chinese and bought literally every book on topic. Out of all the ones he read and tested, he found this one to be the best.

    Before coming to Chinese in Beijing, I used the suggestions in this book to work on initials, finals, and tones. The excersises for these are based on words and sounds we already make in English. I found having an English word to think of when I wanted to make a certain sound very helpful. Such as, the "c" sound in Chinese/pinyin is the same sound we make when we say "pants" --emphasis on the "-ts."

    Now that I'm here, I continue to find it useful. My girlfriend's father was right, this is a great book.