There are three textbooks written by me, all available on Amazon.com(1 2 3). The first one is titled Basic Chinese, it is a paperback and my author name for that book is Jun Luo which is my Chinese name, only available on Amazon.com.
Other two is a series called
. It was for Kindle only, a digital version. You can buy them from your Kindle device, or buy them here, the discount is 30%.
There are two books of this series. The second book teaches more advanced Chinese, and contains a full traveling story of an American family from NYC.
Both books are full of exercises, cultural information, pictures/photos of all kinds of people in China. All dialogues are between the six members of the family and different Chinese locals on the tour, very fresh and up to date.
EASIEST CHINESE consists of two books: The 1st book teach you all the basic grammar, phrases, vocabulary, dialogue in different traveling occasions. The 2nd is a story of a NYC family traveling in China Hunan. They were talking to different Chinese people on the journey and I recorded all their conversations.
I did not write this book for those who are seriously learning Chinese, and hope to make a living out of it. I am writing it for travelers, as well as those who just want to learn the language as a hobby so that they can talk to Chinese.
For this reason, I have ignored a large part of the content that a typical textbook would teach you, including the Chinese characters and official Romanization of Chinese known as pinyin (lit. spelling sound), to save your energy and time, and focus on improving your speaking skill only. As a result, you will need to decide if this is the right textbook for you.
Here are the areas not covered by this book:
- Chinese characters, such as 中国 (China), 美国 (America), and 再见(Good bye), are really too complicated and time-consuming for most foreigners to learn. So if you are not planning to spend years on learning this language, then my recommendation is skipping learning the characters. You will not be able to read and write Chinese after learning from me, but you will be able to speak Chinese much sooner than other learners following the traditional approach.
- You may have heard that Chinese is tonal language with four tones plus a neutral tone. This creates another big challenge for every foreign learner. To save your time I have decided to replace them with only two tones, just like English. In the examples below, when you read a word like Foochin, the capitalized letter F indicates the first syllable Foo is a stressed syllable, the second chin is light. Foochin means father in Chinese. Now try these words: mooChin (mother), Gerger(elder brother), Deedee(younger brother), jayJay(elder sister), Maymay(younger sister), Yeahyeah(father’s father), naiNai(father’s mother), Whygong(mother’s father), Whypor(mother’s mother). Did I just take your breath away? J Don’t worry that the Englishized non-official Chinese words may not be understood by Chinese people you talk to, every Chinese word is pronounced in many diffierent tones in different dialects, so we are used to the non-standard tones. Your foreign accent will be just one of many accensts we deal with everyday.
- I also cut some of the less frequently used grammar, so that our traveling learners can focus on the really important aspects of Chinese. If you read something in this textbook that cannot be explained by any grammar rules I taught you, then probably it is not covered here. Just go to my website and submit your questions, and I will explain the grammar to you by email.
I am teaching you the way we teach our babies how to speak, more or less. They learned how to speak first, then when they start to learn how to read and write later on, things are much easier. Again, Chinese characters are extremely difficult to learn. Most learners simply do not have enough time and patience to learn them. Let’s just do one thing at a time, step by step. What I will teach you is the grammar and sounds. You will be able to communicate with local people on a certain level, but won’t be able to read, nor write in Chinese. For most travelers that should be sufficient.
Other textbooks you find in bookstores teach everything, including Pinyin, which is supposed to teach you how to pronounce Chinese words, but they were designed to teach Chinese kids the pronounciation who already speak the language, not foreigners. So in this book I will teach you an EnglishizedPinyin, developed by me and exclusively for foreigners, it is much easier to pronounce for English speakers. I will explain in more details later.
The 4th part of this book is the vocabulary. If later on you will need to check in a word not included in this book, go to this website: www.dict.cn, find the translation of your English word, and then copy the Chinese characters to the search box to see the Chinese words’ English meaning and its pinyin so that you know how to say it.
Click here to see detailed instructions.
This book provides another tool to help you to improve your Chinese – a website that I designed. You may ask me questions anytime you want through the comment forms. You can also download the complete audio file from my website once you buy this book and show me the receipt or screen capture.
To make the learning process more vivid, I have brought in a New York family to help me. The third part of this book is their traveling stories in Hunan Province. They are:
- Daniel Smith (a teenager, high school student, speaking fluent Chinese)
- Mary Smith (Daniel’s mother, speaks good Chinese)
- Barrett Smith (Daniel’s father, speaks very good Chinese)
- John Smith (John’s father)
- Kathrine Smith (Daniel’s elder sister)
- Laura Snow (Kathrine’s girlfriend)
- William Smith (Daniel’s baby brother)
You may have read part of my book and found the words are still difficult to read, and you are not sure how to pronounce. That’s predicatable. My approach is the easiest compared to other courses or books, I didn’t say learning Chinese is easy, or Chinese is an easy language.
The reasons I claimed my approach is the easiest include: 1) As a Chinese learned English almost all by myself, I believe step by step is the practical way of learning a foreign language, not trying to learn everthing from the beginning, that’s why I am not teaching you how to read and write, I am helping you focus on speaking only; 2) Very few of the textbook authors would offer to answer your questions through emails. I am willing to do so partly because I have assistants working in my studio, I don’t need to hire extra personnel to help with this task, also I have the basic skills of website coding to make the supportive works easier for us.
September 28, 2016
EASIEST CHINESE: TABLE OF CONTENTS
Here below is the contents of this book.
1 Part One: BASICS
1.1 Five Sounds to Learn at the Beginning
1.2 About the Accented Syllables
1.3 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
1.4.1 Notional Words & Function Words
1.4.2 Differences between English and Chinese words:
1.4.3 Every syllable has its meanings
Words of two characters
Words of three characters
Words of four characters
1.4.5 The most frequently used word d
1.4.6 A Few Frequently Used Words
Soon/In the future/Yesterday/In the morning
One of the most frequently used word: Dsai
1.5 No Tenses in Chinese
1.6 30 Most Useful Sentences/Phrases while traveling in China
1.7 Learning Advices
1.8 Greetings, Food & Meal
1.10.2 Negative Numbers & Decimal
1.10.3 Ordianal Numbers
1.11 TIMES & DATES
1.11.2 Weeks /Shingchee
1.11.3 Month /Yway
1.11.4 Year /nyan
1.11.5 Seasons / Jeejay
1.11.6 Expressing Time
Write down your translations of the following time:
2. Part Two: GRAMMAR
2.1 Basic Grammar
STATEMENT SENTENCE PATTERN
YES OR NO QUESTIONS
Comparison of tenses
2.10.1 Passive Voice
2.10.2 More and More
2.10.3 Not only…but also…
2.10.4 Why not…/Why don’t you…
2.10.6 It is … that…
2.10.7 Occupation / Shir…d.
2.10.8 Promise / Hway…d.
2.10.9 Made of / Shir…Dswar d.
2.10.10 Once …will…/ yeeDan …Jeo…
3 Part Three: VOCABULARY
gwanyew Dsirjee /about ourselves
gwarJar / Countries
gwarJee tsengShir / International cities (sorry about the numbering messed up, blame Microsoft pls)
dsirYeah / Profession/Occupation
lewShing / Travel
gwanGwung / Sightseeing
ShingTrue / Interests
Yeahshenghwar / Nightlife
DyanyingYwan / Cinema & theater
teeYew / Sport
DsenDsir / Politics
jayRir / Festivals
GouWoo / Shopping
hwanJar / Bargaining
yeeFoo / Clothing
PayShir / Accessories
baoBao / For the babies
Dongwoo /Animals (Domestic)
yeahSheng DongWoo /Wildlife
nyao / Birds
yew / Fish
Chinchee/ Family & Relatives
Tsenghoo / Addressing
Taikong / Space
wenHwah / Culture
Jingji / Economy
Eyeching&yoching / Romance & Friendship
JaoTong / Transportation
Antran / Safety/Security
yanSer / Colors
Shingming / Names
Jankung / Health
Rentee BooWay /Body Parts
dsaoTsan / Breakfast
wooTsan / Lunch
Tsangwan / In a Restaurant
yinLyao / Drinks
3.6 MEASURE WORDS / UNIT WORDS
Some frequently used measure words
Some less common measure words
Weights and Measures
Words indicate time
Words indicate tenses
Words for comparison
4 Part Four: PHRASES& OCCASIONS
4.4 Finding your way
4.5 Asking Directions
Addresses in China
4.6 Buying Tickets
4.7 Taking a Plane
4.8 Taking a Bus
4.9 Taking a Train
4.10 Taking a Taxi
4.11 Renting a Car
4.14 Public Toilets
4.16 Changing Money
4.17 Phoning & Internet
4.18 Stay in a Bed & Breakfast
Staying with Local Family (AirBnB)
4.20 Sizes and Comparison
4.22 Typical Dishes
4.23 Countryside Signtseeing
4.25 Attending a Chinese Wedding
4.26 Attending a Funeral
4.27 Being a Guest
4.28 Seeing a Doctor
4.29 Prescription & Treatment
4.30 Women’s Health
4.31 At the Dentist
4.31 Specific Needs
4.32 Gay Travelers
4.33 Traveling with Family
4.34 On Business
4.36 Dealing with the Police
A TRAVELING STORY IN CHINA HUNAN: TABLE OF CONTENTS
5. Part 5
5.1 The Smith Family Arriving in Changsha Airport
5.2 Taking a Shutter Bus to the City
5.3 Taking Taxis to Hotel
5.4 Checking in
5.5 Shopping & Walking Street
5.6 Visiting Hunan Museum
5.7 Go to Zhangjiajie National Park
5.8 In a Cable Car of Zhangjiajie National Park
5.9 Having Supper with Other Tourists of the Group
5.10 On a bus to Phoenix Ancient City
5.11 Emergency Call and Hospital
5.12 Shopping in the Street of Phoenix Ancient City
5.13 Hiking in the mountains
5.14 In a Car from Phoenix Ancient Town to Jinjing Town
5.15 Biking in Jinjing Tea Plantations
5.16 On the Flight from Changsha to Hong Kong