Working Mandarin for Beginners: , Student's Edition
by Yi Zhou and M. Lynne Gerber
Georgetown University Press
Paper: 978-1-58901-137-3


Working Mandarin for Beginners is designed to enable English-speaking business students and professionals with no prior knowledge of Chinese to develop the basic communication skills necessary for a business trip to China or another work environment in which Mandarin is spoken.

Major features: • Twenty-four lessons, including five review lessons • Clear objectives for acquiring language skills, grammar, and cultural understanding • Lessons cover important basics such as introductions and greetings, counting, reserving a hotel room, taking public transportation, and asking for directions • Lessons cover business tasks such as coordinating and conducting meetings, selling products, and negotiating agreements—all in Chinese • Lessons provide dialogues and vocabulary lists for reading and listening, language points, cultural points, pronunciation drills, grammar, and interactive homework • Course concludes with a special independent project in which the student applies the language to his or her area of business study • Pinyin is used throughout so students can start speaking Mandarin immediately • Includes some basic lessons in the formation of Chinese characters • Course can be combined with affordable online access to self-grading exercises (available through, $24.95 per student for 18 months of access)

Student Book • Includes MP3 tracks of dialogues, vocabulary lists, and audio exercises on CD • Lessons are valuable to the classroom student as well as self-directed independent learners

Teacher's Edition • Includes a CD-ROM with all MP3 tracks of dialogues, vocabulary, and audio exercises found on the students' disk • CD-ROM also provides quizzes and exams (including necessary audio), approximately 300 supplementary PowerPoint slides for classroom use, and creative guidance for conversation practice, mini-immersion, and skit

Online teaching features at • Instructor-managed class activities and exercises • Monitoring of student progress • Customized grading options online • Students can complete exercises online, submit their answers electronically to their instructor, and receive automatic feedback • Teachers can also use Quia templates to build their own exercises or use exercises developed by other instructors to provide added help for students • Motivated self-directed learners can also access the self-grading online exercises at (no instructor feedback will be provided)


Student's Edition Textbook/MP3 CD (Mac and PC) • CD drive on a computer or conventional CD player with MP3 capability • MP3 player, such as iTunes, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player • Speakers

Teacher's Edition Textbook/CD-ROM Mac and PC • CD drive on a computer • MP3 player, such as iTunes, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player • speakers • Adobe Acrobat Reader (available as a free download from http:/// PC • Windows XP • Microsoft Office 2000 or higher with Service Pack 3 installed (Word and PowerPoint are needed to view and edit some files) • Or, to view the PowerPoints only, download Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2003 or higher (free from • Fonts for PowerPoints: Arial Unicode and Simsun, which are included in all editions of Office 2000/XP/2003 Mac • Microsoft Word, version Office 2004 or higher • Microsoft PowerPoint, version Office 2004 or higher (Word and PowerPoint are needed to view and edit some files); or view the PowerPoints as PDFs • Fonts for PowerPoints: Arial and Simsun, which are included in Office 2004 and higher

Interactive Exercises on Quia (Mac and PC) • Computer with Internet access, preferably a high-speed connection • Java-enabled browser: Internet Explorer 5 or higher, or any version of Firefox or Safari • The program QuickTime (available as a free download from • Microphone to record answers or responses

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