Learn the essential Mandarin Chinese characters and words in everyday use in China! Anyone planning to learn Chinese knows that there are 300 primary characters they must understand to function in China. This systematic introduction to the Mandarin language is designed to help you learn them fast--along with how to pronounce, write, and remember 1,200 key vocabulary words and phrases. Essential for anyone wishing to pass the official Chinese government HSK Level 1 & 2 proficiency exam or the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Exam, Beginning Chinese Characters presents these 300 characters in a series of very simple and easy lessons:
The Chinese characters are grouped into themes with a warm-up narrative for each one
Each character's pronunciation and meanings in combination with other characters are presented
Exercises to practice recognizing the characters and using the vocabulary are provided
Writing guides show you how to write each correctly
Includes easy access to online native speaker audio recordings and free, printable flashcards
This straightforward, easy-to-use resource is ideal for test-prep and mastering essential vocabulary, pronunciation and writing. With useful English, Pinyin and Mandarin characters, this book helps you to use what you learn both within a formal classroom setting and in real-life situations in China.