A handy cheat sheet providing more than 700 key Mandarin vocabulary words and phrases in an at-a-glance, easy-to-carry format.
This language card is an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to quickly build their command of Mandarin vocabulary. Each word or phrase includes Chinese characters (Traditional and Simplified), Pinyin romanization, and the English translation.
Designed for convenience, this study card is:
Laminated: to hold up over time and avoid being ruined by coffee spills
3 hole punched: giving the option to put it in a binder
8.5x11 inches: to easily fit into a folder or notebook alongside other study materials
Notes on culture and language are provided when necessary for further clarification, and online audio recordings give native-speaker pronunciations for every word.
Vocabulary items are laid out in clearly defined sections, including:
Greetings and polite expressions
People & Names
Places & Directions
Numbers and Counters
Time: Absolute and Relative
Seasons and Weather
Food & Festivities
Clothes and Colors
School and Office Supplies
Activities: Study, Work, and Recreation
Requests and Responses
Attitude and Feelings
Expectations and Wishes
About the Author: Madeline Chu is Professor-Emerita of Chinese Language, Literature, and Culture at Kalamazoo College, Michigan. She has carried out a broad range of cultural and linguistic research, and was the third recipient of the prestigious A. Ronald Walton Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Chinese Language Pedagogy. Chu has written numerous articles on Chinese language education and policy implementation, and edited the CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers Association) Monograph, Mapping the Course of the Chinese Language Field, as well as other literary and culture studies volumes. Additionally, she wrote a widely adopted exercise book, Patterns and Exercises, that helped bring the textbook Practical Chinese Reader to its best-seller status—which was maintained for 15 years.