By Lydia Chen & Ying Bian. 4.5" x 7", 216 pages, paperback. This handy companion begins with a brief survey of essentials to prep the new student of Chinese on forming basic sentences. Alongside the sentences are explanations about many unique aspects of China, from local snacks to bike parking. Some special features are: simplifies lessons on "What You'll Hear" and "Signs," plus an extensive, targeted English-Chinese dictionary.