I want to learn Chinese NOW!


I want to learn Chinese NOW!


A 1-Minute Chinese Book



Written by Rowan Kohll


Published by Rowan Kohll

Shakespir Edition

Copyright Rowan Kohll, 2016





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Chapter 1: What is 1-Minute Chinese, and what is NOW?


Chapter 2: So, how does it work?


Chapter 3: Hello, thank you, and goodbye!


Chapter 4: Yes and No


Chapter 5: Have / Haven’t


Chapter 6: Good / Bad


Chapter 7: Conclusion


About the Author


Other Books by Rowan Kohll



Chapter 1: What is 1-Minute Chinese, and what is NOW?

Chinese is fast becoming one of the most popular languages to learn in the world. But along with this goes a problem – it’s a hard language to learn!

Fortunately, there is a solution.

If you want to learn Chinese, then the quickest, simplest and most enjoyable way to do it is to read the 1-Minute Chinese books.

I know this because I wrote them. Go read them. They’re fantastic. If there were better books, I would have read them myself. There weren’t, so I wrote these.


However: even with the revolutionary new methods in the 1-Minute Chinese books, it does take a little time to learn the language. Even though you can do it as fast as you can read, you do still have to read the books!

And so I thought: what about the people who want to learn Chinese now? Not in a year, or a few weeks, or even 1-Minute Chinese – but now, right now?

So I wrote this book. It can serve as an introduction to the other books, or you can read it just on its own. But the important thing is that you can use it to learn Chinese RIGHT NOW. You can read it in a sitting, and then – and this is the wonderful bit – you can get up able to remember and speak more Chinese than many people do after having lived in China for years!


This book is simple, short and minimalist. As I wrote it, I was careful to keep it so. I could have expanded, adding helpful details, tips and stories, but then it would have turned into a guide to learning and studying Chinese – and those books have already been written.

No, this is just the basics, the bare essentials. Read it, and you will be able to speak Chinese. Right now!



Chapter 2: So, how does it work?

And what’s this about “revolutionary” new methods?

The methods taught in all of the 1-Minute Chinese books, including this one, are in fact very old, with a long history. But they are indeed revolutionary in that they’re so much quicker and more effective than the way almost all people still learn languages – the slow, boring, painful way, spending years with textbooks, dictionaries and tutors, writing down lists of vocabulary and them drilling them again and again until they’ve learned it by heart. Learning languages – traditionally – is both difficult and boring.

But it doesn’t have to be.

The methods I use to help people learn Chinese (any language, in fact, but Chinese in this book) are called mnemonics. Mnemonics are “memory devices”. They work by hooking ideas together so you can remember them easily. If you’ve learned that Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants, then that’s a mnemonic for spelling “because”. You may remember your music teacher telling you that Every Good Boy Deserves Football (EGBDF, order of notes on the lines of a stave) or your geography teacher telling you to Never Eat Shredded Wheat (remembering the order of North, East, South, West).


Mnemonics can also be used to remember languages. It’s a simple, fun trick. All you do is this:

Step 1: choose the English word you want to learn, and find the foreign translation.

Step 2: think of a word which sounds like the foreign word.

Step 3: Use a mnemonic to link the two words by making a mental picture of them together. It can be silly if you like – in fact, funny images tend to be more memorable!

And that’s it! Now, whenever you think of the foreign word, you will remember the funny cartoon and link it to the English meaning. And, unlike the old method where you tend to forget words with time, these “memory hooks” are easy to recall for the rest of your life!


To give a few examples:

The French word for “fish” is “poisson”. This sounds a lot like the English word “poison”. Just form a mental image of someone being poisoned after a fish was dropped in their drink. Can you see that in your mind’s eye? Good! Now, whenever you think of “fish” you can remember seeing the fish in the drink, and the person being poisoned, and then think “fish – poison – poisson.” It may take a few minutes to describe, but in fact the process of forming the memory chain happens in a flash.

The German word for “umbrella” is “regenschirm”. Sounds a bit like “ray gun shimmer” doesn’t it? Just imagine a ray gun shooting at you, and being deflected by an umbrella in a burst of shimmering light. Does that seem ridiculous or silly? Good – that will help it stick in your memory!

The Spanish word for “bread” is pan. Easy – sounds like the English word “pan”, so just imagine a frying pan made of bread. Make it as silly as you can – imagine it falling to pieces when you try to fry an egg in it, imagine it burning over the fire.


And now, let’s get on with using mnemonics to learn Chinese! We’ll just be learning some basic phrases, but these have been specially selected to make sure you get the most value out of them. So, without further ado, let’s begin with…



Chapter 3: Hello, thank you, and goodbye!

I hope it’s fair to say that these are among the first things you’ll want to learn to say in Chinese, and the ones you’ll use the most thereafter. So let’s start with them!


Hello is “nǐ hǎo.” This is pronounced, roughly, as “nee how”. How can you make this a mnemonic? Imagine that whenever two Chinese people meet, the first thing they ask about is aching joints – “HOW is your KNEE?” or “knee how?”


Thank you is “xiè xie” – roughly, “sh’yay sh’yay,” which sounds like “share, share.” Imagine someone being given a present of lots of money, saying thank you and insisting they share it. “Thank you,” he says. “Share! Share!”


Goodbye is “zài jiàn” – roughly, “tsai tsee-en”. This sounds a bit like the word “sightseeing”, so imagine someone saying goodbye to you and telling you they’re going sightseeing.


And that’s it! You have now learned the three most useful phrases.

Ready to carry on? Right then – let’s learn to say…



Chapter 4: Yes and No

In point of fact, there is no way to say yes in Chinese. The closest thing is to say “It is” – rather like we do in English. This is “shì” – roughly, pronounced like the English word “sure”, rhyming with “fur”.

To remember this, just imagine yourself saying “sure” whenever you want to say yes.


“No” is “bù”, pronounced “boo.” To remember this, just imagine shouting “Boo!” at someone every time you want to say no to them. The word also means “not” and can be used in many different contexts.


In learning to say yes and no, you have learned probably the two most useful words in the language. Congratulations, you’re flying ahead! But for my money, there is still an even more useful phrase. It is…



Chapter 5: Have / Haven’t

The Chinese for “haven’t” is “méi yǒu”. Sounds like “mayo,” as in mayonnaise. Whenever you think of “don’t have”, just imagine using mayonnaise instead of it. “Do you have any money?” “No, but try paying them with this jar of mayo!”


The reason why this is such a useful phrase is that it can be used to mean so many things. Méi yǒu can mean haven’t, hasn’t, isn’t, doesn’t exist, wasn’t, won’t be, and much, much more! It can be used to answer virtually any question with a negative. Have you got it? Méi yǒu. Did you get it? Méi yǒu. Was it there? Méi yǒu. Have you paid the bills, done your homework, found your car keys? Méi yǒu.


To say “have” – again, a word with many, many uses – just say “yǒu,” as in the English slang greeting or affirmative “yo!”


So far in this book we’ve learned basic greetings, agreements and disagreements, and basic answers. Now let’s move on to describing things – and how useful it is to say that something is…



Chapter 6: Good / Bad

“Good” is “hǎo” – spoken with a falling-rising inflection which makes it sound like “how?” in English. To remember it, just put those two words together and ask that most important of questions – HOW can I be GOOD?”


Knowing how to say good and bad equips you to describe just about anything. These two little words can be used in any situation.


So how do you say the word “bad”? You say “not good” – or “bù hǎo”.



Chapter 7: Conclusion

And there you have it. Congratulations, you can now speak Chinese! When it comes to learning Chinese, you’ll find that a little will go a long way. In the time it took you to read this book – probably about the same amount of time it would take you to buy and drink a cup of coffee – you’ve learned more Chinese than most other non-Chinese people in the world. Well done!


So, where do you go from here? If you want to learn more Chinese, can I suggest that the quickest and easiest – and most fun – way would be to follow these steps.


1. Leave a four- or five star review of this book, saying how much you loved it. Thank you!

2. Download 1-Minute Chinese, Books 1 and 2. Read them. They’ll take you a bit longer than this book did, but they’ll still put you light-years ahead of anyone else studying Chinese.

3. Enjoy being able to speak, read and write Chinese.


And so, until next time.


[_ Sightseeing!_]





About the Author


Rowan Kohll was born in 1980 and grew up in Swansea, UK. After studying History he realised he had no idea what to do next, and so took a course in teaching English, hopped on a plane to China and found his destiny.

Rowan has lived in China since 2003, and is currently a teacher at Dulwich College in Suzhou. His hobbies include travelling, clowning around with balloon models, spending time with his beautiful wife Lulu and his wonderful son Jamie, juggling, enjoying Chinese food and reading science fiction.


You can learn more about Rowan and the 1-Minute Chinese series at www.1-minutechinese.weebly.com, or contact him at [email protected].



Other books by Rowan Kohll

If you enjoyed reading this book then you’ll love reading 1-Minute Chinese Books 1 and 2!

They are crammed full of tips, tricks and shortcuts to make Chinese not just easy, but fun! Look inside, and you will find:

p<>{color:#000;}. Cartoons that make mysterious Chinese characters simple to understand and easy to remember!

p<>{color:#000;}. Brilliant mnemonics that will help you to remember how to read, speak and understand Chinese – and even how to remember those frustrating Chinese tones!

p<>{color:#000;}. Fact files full of useful tips on the characters learned – where they came from, other words they are used in, strange and silly things about them, and tips on how best to use them!

p<>{color:#000;}. A Chinese phrasebook that gives you the Chinese you’ll really need, along with appendices on colours and numbers, with full information on how to remember them and use them, as well as fascinating facts and useful tips.

p<>{color:#000;}. An introduction to Anglicisms, including a comprehensive list of words that you can already say in Chinese, even if you don’t yet know it!

p<>{color:#000;}. A collection of Chinese characters that you can read just by looking at them!

p<>{color:#000;}. A wonderful array of two-for-the-price-of-one words to save you time.

p<>{color:#000;}. Information on the very best resources for continuing to learn Chinese in book and online form.






I want to learn Chinese NOW!

If you want to learn to speak, read and write Chinese really well, then the best thing you can do is to read the 1-Minute Chinese books. But even they, fantastic though they are, take some time to read through. What about the rest of us, who don't want to wait? That's what this book was written for. It's for people who say: "I want to learn Chinese - NOW!"

  • ISBN: 9781370599257
  • Author: Rowan Kohll
  • Published: 2017-01-06 00:05:14
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I want to learn Chinese NOW! I want to learn Chinese NOW!