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An unashamedly practical introduction to spoken Mandarin Chinese, for anyone who wants to impress their Chinese hosts, but doesn't have time to take a proper language course. Designed specifically for busy professionals traveling to China for work, it includes essential phrases that are easy to learn and pronounce, as well as invaluable cultural background. Heading off to China for a business trip? Don't know a word but want to impress? Grab One Minute Mandarin and make the most of your travelling time! One Minute Mandarin is designed for anyone who hasn't got time to study Mandarin seriously, but wants the essential phrases to get by in the street and in meetings. It is written in pinyin rather than Chinese script to make learning easy, and it covers the basics of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, with an emphasis on spoken Mandarin. It includes invaluable phrases and quotes that can be worked into speeches, and tips on etiquette and culture that will make even a brief stay in China a richer experience. One Minute Mandarin is accompanied by a website with downloadable audio files for your iPod or laptop. You can use it to tune in your ear to key phrases in Mandarin and practise your pronunciation.

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