So in another thread, http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?t=71106&highlight= , after 30 pages of arguing the need to study Chinese, let’s start a thread so that we can make everyday language easier. Since it’s Mandarin for DUMMIES , let’s stick with hanyu pinyin. Any pointers and sample sentences and phrases appreciated.
First go to www.pinyin.info and download the romanization chart.
A good pinyin dictionary is very helpful. Far East Book Company has a few good ones.
I like the Chinese-English version so that if I hear a word I can look it up phonetically without having to know characters or stroke order.
The electronic dictionaries you see everywhere here are pretty useless for us because most don’t have Pinyin. :fume:
But if your cellphone is 3G, a handy site to point your phone’s browser to is www.mdgb.net . It is a nice pinyin dictionary and it even has the sounds in MP3.
Next you will need a good everyday conversation book. There are several out there.
Far East Everyday Chinese is a good one. http://eng.fareast.com.tw
Another is PAC from Shi Da uni.
You could also download Pimsleur from a torrent.