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Speak Mandarin Chinese by Creating Your Own Mandarin Phrases

• The unique Fetch-a-Phrase system of template sentences and color-coded word lists gives you the ability to make up thousands of Mandarin phrases without having to study Mandarin. mandarin phrasemaker

• Mandarin Phrasemakers were made by a traveller for travellers and are geared to have you speaking basic Mandarin in the shortest possible time.

Mandarin Phrasemakers:
  • are written out exclusively in the latin alphabet for maximum comprehension.
  • are laminated to help them withstand the rigors of the road
  • take up almost no luggage space
  • can be personalized by adding your own words in the two writing areas provided
  • come with a one page pamphlet that includes the rules for the Fetch-a-Phrase system, a section on tips and grammar and a full and comprehensive rapid guide to Mandarin pronunciation.
• Speaking Mandarin Chinese when you visit China is worth every second of effort you put into it.

Mandarin Phrasemaker - $8.95

• To get an idea of how the Fetch-a-Phrase system works, please visit the how to page.
• For an excellent introduction to Mandarin tones and pronunciation, please visit this website.

About Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is the lingua franca of China. It is the language of television, radio and politics. Everyone understands it. However this does not mean everyone will answer back in Mandarin Chinese and some of the dialects can be impenetrable.

Basic Mandarin Chinese are not that difficult to master: it has a word order that is very similar to English, doesn't conjugate verbs or pluralize nouns, tenses are very easy to construct and days of the week and names of the months follow a numerical system that are almost metric in their simplicity.

It is a tonal language;the pitch of the voice is altered when saying the vowels thereby changing the meaning of words. Mandarin Chinese has four tones, five if you include the neutral tone. None of them is difficult to master and in fact most, if not all of them, can be found in English where we use them to nuance words as opposed to changing the entire meaning.

Omniglot: information about the Chinese writing system
Wikipedia: information about the structure of Mandarin
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