Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese is a member of the Sino-Tibetan language family. Spoken by c. 1,100 million people in China and Taiwan, and also in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore. The most widely spoken dialect is Mandarin.

Mandarin spoken in Beijing (Peking) is the basis for Chinese as an official language in China, Taiwan and Singapore. The term putonghua (common speech) is used.

Other dialects include: Gan; Wu; Northern Min (Min Pei), Southern Min or Hokkien; Keija or Hakka (mainly north-east Guangdong); Xiang or Hunanese (in Hunan); Yue or Cantonese (most of Guangdong, including Hong Kong, and most of Guangxi). Emigration from their regions has lead to Cantonese and Hokkien being spoken in many other countries.


CLASSIFICATION = Sino-Tibetan language family, SCRIPT = Chinese (characters); Romanised systems: Wade-Giles (introduced in the mid 19th century'; Pinyin (introduced in 1958, now the standard Roman spelling)

Courses

Basic
Beginner's Mandarin Chinese CH CBEG 15(PACK)
Chinese for beginners : mastering conversational Chinese CH CBEG 6(PACK)
Chinese for GCSE : students book 1 CH CBEG 21(PACK)
Chinese for GCSE : students book 2 CH CBEG 22(PACK)
Chinese for GCSE : students book 3 CH CBEG 23(PACK); CH CBEG 23(CD PACK)
Chinese in steps. Vol. 1 CH CBEG 1(PACK)
Chinese in steps. Vol. 2 CH CBEG 1a
Chinese primer –--Revised edition CH CBEG 25a ; CH CBEG 25b ; CH CBEG 25c Open Access
Colloquial Chinese : the complete course for beginners CH CBEG 12(PACK)
Complete Mandarin Chinese CH CBEG 10(PACK)
Discover China : student's book : one CH CBEG 24(PACK)
Easy peasy Chinese : Mandarin Chinese for beginners CH CBEG 11(PACK)
Essential Chinese CH CBEG 7(PACK)
Experiencing Chinese : elementary course 1 CH CBEG 17(PACKS 1-2)
Get by in Chinese (2008) CH CBEG 9(PACK)
Great Wall Chinese 1 : essentials in communication : Textbook and Workbook CH CBEG 2(PACK)
Great Wall Chinese 2 : essentials in communication. Textbook and Workbook CH CBEG 3(PACK)
Great Wall Chinese : essentials in communication 3 : Textbook & Workbook CH CBEG 4(PACK)
Learning Chinese : a foundation course in Mandarin CH CBEG 8
Mandarin for beginners [electronic resource] CH CBEG 18(PACK)
Mastering Chinese : the complete course for beginners CH CBEG 14; CH CBEG 14:1-2(CD)
New practical Chinese reader : textbook 1 CH CBEG 16(PACK)
New practical Chinese reader : workbook 1 CH CBEG 16a(PACK)
Real Chinese 1-10 CH CBEG 19(DVD)
Talk Mandarin Chinese CH CBEG 13(PACKs 1-2)
Intermediate
Chinese in steps : student book 3 CH CINT 11(PACK)
Chinese in steps : volume IV CH CINT 12(PACK)
Chinese new horizons : Volume 2 CH CINT 4(PACK)
Colloquial Chinese 2 : the next step in language learning CH CINT 6(PACK)
Discover China : student's book : two
Discover China : workbook : two
CH CINT 13(PACK)
CH CINT 13a(PACK)
Experiencing Chinese : elementary course. 2 CH CINT 10(PACKS 1-2)
Exploring in Chinese. Vol. 1 : a DVD-based course in intermediate Chinese CH CINT 7(PACK)
Exploring in Chinese. Vol. 2 : a DVD-based course in intermediate Chinese CH CINT 8(PACK)
Great Wall Chinese: essentials in communication 4 : Textbook & Workbook CH CINT 1(PACK)
Great Wall Chinese: essentials in communication 5: Textbook & Workbook CH CINT 2(PACK)
Great Wall Chinese: essentials in communication 6 : Textbook & Workbook CH CINT 3(PACK)
Intermediate Chinese CH CINT 5(PACK)
The lady in the painting : a basic Chinese reader CH RSKILLS 8(PACK)
New practical Chinese reader : textbook 2 -- 2nd ed. CH CINT 9(PACK)
New practical Chinese reader : workbook 2 CH CINT 9a(PACK)
Advanced
Advanced Chinese CH CADV 1(PACK)
Reading into a new China. Vol. 1 : Integrated skills for advanced Chinese CH RSKILLS 3
Reading into a new China. Vol. 2 : Integrated skills for advanced Chinese CH RSKILLS 4
The Routledge advanced Chinese multimedia course : crossing cultural boundaries CH CADV 3(PACK)
Tell it like it is! : natural Chinese for advanced learners CH CADV 2; CH CADV 2:1-2(DVD)

Dictionaries

Beginner's Chinese dictionary CH DICO 2
Bilingual visual dictionary : [Chinese/English] CH DICO 7
Collins Mandarin Chinese Dictionary CH DICO 11
Longman lexicon of Contemporary English CH DICO 9
My Chinese picture dictionary = Han yu tu jie ci dian CH DICO 8
Oxford beginner's Chinese dictionary CH DICO 4
Oxford picture dictionary : English/Chinese -- 2nd ed. CH DICO 10
The Oxford starter Chinese dictionary CH DICO 5
Pocket Oxford Chinese dictionary CH DICO 6
The Usborne internet-linked first thousand words in Chinese : with internet-linked pronunciation guide CH DICO 1

Documentaries

China stories CH DOCU 5(DVD)
Beijing za zhong (Beijing bastards) CH DOCU 9(DVD)
Gender in Chinese cinema (Yang yin) CH DOCU 6(DVD)
Gu Gong = Imperial palace CH DOCU 10:1-6(DVD)*
Secrets of the Forbidden City CH DOCU 7(DVD)
Storyville : Shanghai tales 1-3 CH DOCU 8:1-3(DVD)

Exams

Chinese for A-level CH EXAM 11
Chinese Flashcards: Vol 1: characters 1-349 CH EXAM 13(PACK)
Chinese Flashcards: Vol 2: characters 350-622 CH EXAM 14(PACK)
Chinese Flashcards: Vol 3: characters 623-1070 CH EXAM 15(PACK)
HSK : A guide to the usage of HSK vocabulary CH EXAM 12
HSK : simulated tests of HSK (2008) : HSK [beginner] CH EXAM 1(PACK)
HSK : simulated tests of HSK (2008) : HSK [intermediate] CH EXAM 2(PACK)
HSK : simulated tests of HSK (2008) : HSK [advanced] CH EXAM 3(PACK)
HSK: simulated tests (2012), level 1 CH EXAM 4(PACK)
HSK: simulated tests (2012), level 2 CH EXAM 5(PACK)
HSK: simulated tests (2012), level 3 CH EXAM 6(PACK)
HSK: simulated tests (2012), level 4 CH EXAM 7(PACK)
HSK: simulated tests (2012), level 5 CH EXAM 8(PACK)
HSK: simulated tests (2012), level 6 CH EXAM 9(PACK)
HSK: simulated tests (2012), Speaking CH EXAM 10(PACK)
My birthday (2017) CH EXAM 17
New HSK : complete vocabulary lists CH VOCAB 11
Xiaoming's day (2017) CH EXAM 16

Films

Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress CH FILM 24(DVD)*
Ba wang bie ji (Farewell My Concubine) CH FILM 14(DVD)*
Chinese Zodiac CH FILM 39(DVD)*
24 city CH FILM 44(DVD)*
City of life and death CH FILM 41(DVD)*
Confucius CH FILM 34(DVD)*
Da hong deng long gao gao gua (Raise the Red Lantern) CH FILM 29(DVD)
Detective Dee and the mystery of the phantom flame CH FILM 2(DVD)*
Eat a bowl of tea CH FILM 32(DVD)
Eat drink man woman (Yinshi nan nu) CH FILM 25(DVD)*
Ermo CH FILM 30(DVD)
Farewell my concubine : watching the movie and learning Chinese CH CINE 4(PACK)
Happy times hotel CH FILM 40(DVD)*
Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang) CH FILM 28(DVD)*
House of flying daggers CH FILM 33(DVD)*
Huozhe (To Live) CH FILM 26(DVD)
Ilo ilo CH FILM 35(DVD)
Jing Cha Gu Shi 2 (Police Story 2) CH FILM 12(DVD)*
Jing Cha Gu Shi 3 (Police Story 3) CH FILM 13(DVD)*
Ju dou CH FILM 27(DVD)
The last emperor CH FILM 8(DVD)*
Life on a string CH FILM 4(DVD)*
The little Nyonya CH FILM 37:1-5(DVD)*
Mystery CH FILM 43(DVD)*
Qiu Ju da guan si (The Story of Qiu Ju) CH FILM 31(DVD)
Red Cliff CH FILM 1(DVD)*
Shanghai dreams CH FILM 42(DVD)*
Sheng huo xiu (Life show) CH FILM 23(DVD)*
Shiqi sui de dan che (Beijing Bicycle) CH FILM 16(DVD)*
Soldier/Ambush CH FILM 6:1-4(DVD)*
Springtime in a small town CH FILM 21(DVD)*
Still life CH FILM 36(DVD)*
Three Kingdoms : Resurrection of the Dragon CH FILM 38:1-2(DVD)*
The World CH FILM 3(DVD)*
Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger hidden Dragon) CH FILM 17(DVD)*
Wo men cun li de nian qing ren (The Youth in our village) CH FILM 19(DVD)*
Wu jian dao (Infernal affairs) CH FILM 9(DVD)*
Wu jian dao 2 (Infernal affairs 2) CH FILM 10(DVD)*
Wu jian dao 3 (Infernal affairs 3) CH FILM 11(DVD)*
Yi ge dou bun eng shao (Not one less) CH FILM 15(DVD)*
Ying xiong (Hero) CH FILM 7(DVD)*
Zhi fu (Uniform) CH FILM 22(DVD)*

Grammar

201 Mandarin Chinese verbs : compounds and phrases for everyday usage CH GRAM 9
380 most commonly used Chinese verbs CH GRAM 8
Basic Chinese : a grammar and workbook (Routledge grammars series) CH GRAM 3
Chinese : a comprehensive grammar CH GRAM 5
Chinese : an essential grammar CH GRAM 2
Chinese demystified : hard stuff made easy CH GRAM 1
Chinese grammar (Schaum's outline Chinese grammar) CH GRAM 11
Common Chinese patterns 330 CH GRAM 10
English grammar for students of Chinese : the study guide for those learning Chinese CH GRAM 12
Intermediate Chinese : a grammar and workbook CH GRAM 7
Modern Mandarin Chinese grammar : a practical guide CH GRAM 4
Modern Mandarin Chinese grammar workbook CH GRAM 4a
A reference grammar of Chinese CH GRAM 13
Yufa! : a practical guide to Mandarin Chinese grammar CH GRAM 6

Listening

Listening Skills
Rapid Chinese : vol.1 CH LSKILLS 1(PACK)

Pronunciation & Speaking

Pronunciation
McGraw Hill's Chinese pronunciation : your comprehensive, interactive guide to mastering sounds and tones in Mandarin Chinese CH PRON 1(PACK)
The sounds of Chinese CH PRON 2(PACKs 1-2)
Speaking Skills
Keep talking Mandarin Chinese CH SSKILLS 2(CD)
Kou yu su cheng = Intensive spoken Chinese CH SSKILLS 1(PACK)

Reading

Reading Factual
Zhongguo wen shi qian shuo = China through the dynasties CH RFACT 1
Reading Fiction
Anna CH RFICT 19
A Q Zheng zhaun (The true story of Ah Q) CH RFICT 12
Chang'e flying to the moon CH RFICT 10
First Chinese reader for beginners : volume 2 : bilingual for speakers of English : audio tracks online inclusive CH RFICT 21
First Chinese reader for beginners : bilingual for speakers of English : audio tracks online inclusive CH RFICT 20
Graded Chinese reader 1 : selected abridged Chinese contemporary short stories CH RFICT 15(PACK)
Graded Chinese reader 2 : selected abridged Chinese contemporary short stories CH RFICT 17(PACK)
Graded Chinese reader 3 : selected abridged Chinese contemporary short stories CH RFICT 18(PACK)
Lu Xún's The new year's sacrifice CH RFICT 3
Lu Xún's The real story of Ah Q CH RFICT 2
New Penguin parallel text : short stories in Chinese CH RFICT 4
Nv Wa mends the sky = [Nü Wa mends the sky] CH RFICT 11
Our geese have gone CH RFICT 14(PACK)
Read stories : and learn Chinese CH RFICT 16(PACK)
The secret garden CH RFICT 6
Secrets of a computer company CH RFICT 13(PACK)
Short stories from Lu Xún's Nàhn CH RFICT 1
Teahouse CH RFICT 9
Tess of the d'Ubervilles CH RFICT 8
Treasure Island CH RFICT 5
Wuthering Heights CH RFICT 7
Reading Skills
Chinese fast reading : a step-by step approach CH RSKILLS 6(PACK)
A course on Chinese speed reading : (upper intermediate to advanced) CH RSKILLS 7(PACK)
The lady in the painting : a basic Chinese reader CH RSKILLS 8(PACK)
Masterworks Chinese companion : expressive literacy through reading and composition CH RSKILLS 5
Rapid Literacy in Chinese (3 copies) CH RSKILLS 9
Reading into a new China. Vol. 1 : Integrated skills for advanced Chinese CH RSKILLS 3
Reading into a new China. Vol. 2 : Integrated skills for advanced Chinese CH RSKILLS 4
Read this way : 1 CH RSKILLS 1(PACK)
Read this way : 2 CH RSKILLS 2(PACK)

Reference

The Cambridge companion to: modern Chinese culture CH REF 13
China CH REF 8
Chinese characters CH REF 6
Chinese literature CH REF 14
Contemporary China: society and social change CH REF 15
Encyclopedia of contemporary Chinese culture CH REF 1
Invisible planets : An anthology of contemporary Chinese SF in translation CH REF 17
One country many peoples : 56 nationalities of China CH REF 2
San zi jing =(computer file) CH REF 11(CD-ROM)
Things Chinese (Zhongguo feng wu) CH REF 5
Times map of China and Mongolia CH REF 3
Youth Culture in china: from Red Guards to netizens CH REF 16
Zhongguo xin nian xi su (Popular traditions and customs of Chinese New Year) CH REF 9

Specific Purposes

Cinema
Chinese martial arts cinema : the wuxia tradition CH CINE 2
Chinese national cinema CH CINE 3
Encyclopedia of Chinese Film CH CINE 1
Farewell my concubine : watching the movie and learning Chinese CH CINE 4(PACK)
Business
Business Chinese : an advanced reader CH BUSI 2
Business Chinese 20 essential topics CH BUSI 3(PACK)
Business Chinese conversation : elementary [vol. 1] CH BUSI 4(PACK)
Business Chinese conversation : elementary [vol. 2] CH BUSI 5(PACK)
New silk road business Chinese : 1 CH BUSI 7(PACK)
Startup business Chinese : an introductory course for professionals CH BUSI 1(PACK)
Working Mandarin for beginners CH BUSI 6(PACK)
Medicine
Chinese medical characters. 1, Basic vocabulary CH MED 2
Chinese medical characters. 2, Acupoint vocabulary CH MED 3
Chinese medical chinese : grammar and vocabulary CH MED 7
Handbook of basic words and phrases in traditional Chinese medicine CH MED 8(PACK)
How to take a patient's medical history : a handbook on Chinese medical terminology CH MED 6
Ying Han yi xue ci dian = An English-Chinese medical dictionary 3rd ed. CH MED 1
Yi yong Han yu jiao cheng. 1, ru men pian CH MED 4(PACK)
Poetry
Ai Qing selected poems CH POEM 1
Goodbye again Cambridge! & You are the April on the Earth CH POEM 5
Infinite new verses : The story of Chinese poetry [1 & 2] CH POEM 2:1-2(CD)
How to read Chinese poetry CH POEM 6
Zhongguo gu dian shi ci [electronic resource] : Tang dai shi ge jing xuan = Chinese classical poetry : selected poems from the Tang dynasty CH POEM 4(CD-ROM)
Zhongguo gu dian shi ci [electronic resource] : Song ji qi ta chao dai shi ge jing xuan = Chinese classical poetry : selected poems from the Song and other dynasties CH POEM 3

Vocabulary

100 Chinese idioms and set phrases (2 copies) CH VOCAB 1
Chinese crosswords : for speakers of Chinese as a foreign language. Vol. 1 CH VOCAB 9
Chinese idioms and their stories CH VOCAB 3
Essential Chinese vocabulary : rules and scenarios CH VOCAB 10
Comparative illustrations of common Chinese words and expressions CH VOCAB 5
Mandarin Chinese phrase book CH VOCAB 4
New HSK : complete vocabulary lists CH VOCAB 11
Qing song xue su yu = Easy way to learn Chinese slang CH VOCAB 6
The stories behind 100 Chinese idioms (Gems of the Chinese language through the ages series) (2 copies) CH VOCAB 2
Using Chinese : a guide to contemporary usage CH VOCAB 8
Using Chinese Synonyms CH VOCAB 7

Writing Skills

Collins easy learning Chinese characters CH WSKILLS 1
Developing writing skills in Chinese (2 copies) CH WSKILLS 7
Enjoy learning Chinese characters : Discover their hidden meanings CH WSKILLS 12
Fun with Chinese characters (1-3) CH WSKILLS 3,4,5
Learn Chinese through jokes CH WSKILLS 11
Learn to Write Chinese characters CH WSKILLS 6
The most common Chinese Radicals (2 copies) CH WSKILLS 8
Nearly everything about Chinese characters CH WSKILLS 10
Reading and writing Chinese : a comprehensive guide to the Chinese writing system CH WSKILLS 2
Remembering simplified hanzi 1 : How not to forget the meaning and writing of Chinese characters CH WSKILLS 9