Chinese is a fascinating language that can seem impossibly difficult to learn at first but is relatively easy if you focus on the spoken language. This user-friendly guide to the basics helps you learn how to speak Chinese quickly and easily by drawing parallels with something you already know-English. The revised edition contains new dialogues, cultural notes, IT, smartphone and social media vocabulary and new manga illustrations. This book is designed for everyone who wants to learn to speak and understand colloquial spoken Chinese whether it is for business, for pleasure, or for travel in China-and it allows you to enjoy the process of learning the language! A lighthearted guide that brings Chinese to life in a down-to-earth fashion Real-life dialogues and situations help you to converse with confidence Sentence pattern exercises and drills help to reinforce what you are learning Native-speaker audio recordings teach you to pronounce Chinese accurately Interesting notes, idioms, sayings, and poems introduce you to Chinese culture Mandarin Chinese for Beginners contains lots of extra hints and tips drawn from the authors' many years of experience in teaching the language in adult evening classes. Answer Keys to the exercise questions are provided, and an 'Extend Your Vocabulary' section in each chapter helps you to remember and understand more words that you'd think possible. Photos and insider tips about China's culture and its many unique places add spice to the adventure! Mandarin Chinese for Beginners focuses on real-life situations that you'll encounter in China. New words are explained regarding how you'll use them to communicate with friends in real-life. The audio recordings allow you to listen, repeat and remember the sentences with ease. These will help you to declare with pride, 'I can say that in Chinese!'