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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mandarin Grammar Introduction, April 10, 2010
This review is from: Pocket Interpreter Chinese (English and Chinese Edition) (Paperback)
There are different categories of books. This was the first useful book I found on learning to speak. There are many phrase books, most are horribly written with terrible translations, now I know this. This book is different. Many of the sections give sentence and phrase structures that you can plug other words into. This is much more useful than trying to memorize "1400+" of (Ju Brown's) horribly translated phrases. This book actually allows you to learn rather than rote memorize. There is a great extensive dictionary.

Don't get seduced by all the lousy books with great graphics on the cover over this subtle gem. This book got me through the first year of speaking.
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In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2014 5:16:00 AM PDT
D Mo Huzi says:
That's right, I was, my parents were in the diplomatic service, I never said I was Chinese, I am Canadian, a long time ago.....And yes, I relearned Mandarin

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2014 8:22:10 PM PDT
Long says:
Yeah right!! So "...the most published person in the world on books on Chinese character writing" had to relearn Mandarin from a pocket interpreter??? World famous expert on Chinese, who guest lectures on Chinese at major universities around the world, relearns Mandarin from a pocket interpreter??? What???? Now this helps to put your so- called reviews in perspective!!
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