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Colloquial Chinese

 Author: Kan Qian  Category: Chinese  Publisher: Routledge  Published: October 5, 1995  Language: Chinese  File Size: 37.6 MB  Tags: ChineseLanguageLearning |  Download PDF


Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners by Kan Qian. It is  specially written by an experienced teacher for self-study or class use. 70% of the Chinese population spoke this language. It has helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in China


Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential knowledge and skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Chinese in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.


This book has each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points and has step by step introduction of Chinese characters. It has a clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. It is helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in China. There is realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations. In short, there are combination of listening, reading and speaking activities with the support of transcripts at the back of the book.


  • Chinese is one of the most ancient languages still in use today.
  • Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world.
  • Chinese is a major language in numerous Southeast Asian countries.
  • The Chinese language doesn’t have an alphabet.
  • There are over 50,000 distinct Chinese characters.
  • You don’t need to learn all 50,000 characters!
  • Chinese has no articles, verb inflections, or plurals.
  • Chinese is an official UN language.
  • Chinese is a tonal language.
  • Challenging but not hard to learn.
  • Chinese follows different calligraphy styles.
  • Chinese has borrowed words from English.
  • The world’s most famous people are learning Chinese as a second language!
  • The Chinese language has number symbols.
  • Learning Chinese makes you smart!