• 2000 Most Common Chinese Words in Context

  • Get Fluent & Increase Your Chinese Vocabulary with 2000 Chinese Phrases (Chinese Language Lessons)
  • By: Lingo Mastery
  • Narrated by: Lin Xiong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Have you been trying to learn Chinese (Mandarin) and simply can’t find the way to expand your vocabulary?

Do your teachers recommend you boring textbooks and complicated stories that you don’t really understand?

Are you looking for a way to learn the language quicker without taking shortcuts?

If you answered “Yes!” to at least one of those previous questions, then this book is for you! We’ve compiled the 2000 most common words in Chinese, a list of terms that will expand your vocabulary to levels previously unseen.

Did you know that - according to an important study - learning the top 2000 most frequently used words will enable you to understand up to 84 percent of all non-fiction and 86.1 percent of fiction literature and 92.7 percent of oral speech? Those are amazing stats, and this book will take you even further than those numbers!

In this book:

  • A detailed introduction with tips and tricks on how to improve your learning
  • A list of 2000 of the most common words in Chinese and their translations
  • An example sentence for each word - in both Chinese and English
  • Finally, a conclusion to make sure you’ve learned and supply you with a final list of tips

Don’t look any further - we’ve got what you need right here!

In fact, we’re ready to turn you into a Chinese speaker.... Are you ready to become one?

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Lingo Mastery (P)2020 Lingo Mastery

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Useful in theory.

It's nice to have a list of the most common words to be able to see what gaps I have in my Chinese, However this lady is hard to listen to. Most of the time her Chinese is decent, but she pronounces things like 她 with a Pa sound instead of a Ta sound. And it's quite irritating that she cannot pronounce T's correctly in her own language.

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Useful Resource/Supplement

When learning a language, it can be useful to have a frequency dictionary to either find new vocabulary to learn, or to cross-reference to see if the word is common or not. I found this book to be a helpful supplement to other textbooks or learning programs, and it's best used in conjunction with the PDF. Otherwise, it's like listening to a dictionary, which might not be the most effective way to use the audiobook. One item that I found helpful is that groups of words are grouped into chapters, so that it's easier to jump to the desired section. The format includes the Chinese word, an example Chinese sentence, and English translation of the sentence. When listening to the book, the least useful vocabulary for me was "X is a surname," but most other words were helpful.

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Too fast

Way to fast for a beginner and sentences not broken up to make learning easy

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Great resource

This is a great supplemental resource for learning Mandarin. It complements the text version of the book really well, as it provides authentic pronunciation to the words and sentences that may not be familiar at first reading.

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Pronunciation Issues

Though the Chinese was perfect, the English pronunciation was so bad or certain words that I had to rewind several times and then guess the word she was trying to say.

In future materials, I would recommend posting the extra amount to get someone with flawless pronunciation for both languages, not just the one.

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Very Useful Learning Tool

It's not for a complete beginner, I'd say, but now that I've gone through a big chunk of HSK2, I've started to feel very comfortable with it and it has becoming a favourite tool of mine in my personal Mandarin learning toolbox.
I read someone's review claiming that the narrator cannot say TA (他,她,它) clearly. Well, let me tell you that is bullshirt. Lin Xiong pronounces very clearly and I've had no trouble with her Mandarin pronunciation. If I had to complain about something, it would be the occasional English mishap (for example "science" is pronounced more like "signs" 😁), but the PDF clears these things out. I wholeheartedly recommend to use the PDF attachment whenever you can to get the most out of the book.
I love the model sentences, I've memorized a great number of them and I play with them and modify them to get myself better acquainted with how Mandarin Chinese is structured and how it tends to express different ideas. By HSK2 you should know enough words/characters to understand many sentences already, and it's great for practicing and learning new ones.
I keep listening to this one quite often on my way to and from work mostly, can't recommend it enough.

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This book is very useful for beginners

This book is really good for beginners who wants to learn vocabulary. Some of the words are situational and you may not use them unless you’re in China. This is a great way to learn vocabulary and to start speaking right away.

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Good as a supplement, but can't be used standalone

Lingo Mastery's 2000 most common words provides real sentences suitable for seeing how the words are used. In this, it excels the listicle books that repeat essentially the same sentence pattern for word after word. However, this means that you are looking at some fairly complex sentences for even the most basic words. Because of this, the audio version serves well as a readalong companion if you want to listen to 20 or 30 words a day to review, refresh and pick up the odd word you haven't learned yet. But it can't be used on its own to learn. This will best serve someone around HSK 3 or 4 who is rounding out their vocabulary.

Because the English pronunciation is pretty good and this is cleanly recorded, I would give this closer to 4 1/2 stars if marketed explicitly as an add-on to the book.

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A great addition

The perfect accompaniment to the 2000 MCCW in context. I mainly am focusing on learning characters, their meanings and readings, but realized the importance of also being able to at the bare minimum recognize the nuances in pronunciation. The audio that accompanies, from a native speaker no less, is immensely helpful in training one's ear to Chinese phonetics, tones, and cadence. Thank you! :)

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Well paced and great supplement

With learning languages it's important that you are able to listen as well as read and write and comprehend. This is a solid complement to the book part that they offer and I highly recommend getting both if you are looking for a frequency list with some solid contextual examples with them.

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  • S. Place
  • 05-03-20

Learn the words you will hear the most often

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

I write this review in the middle of the Covid pandemic, a perfect opportunity to pick up a little Mandarin Chinese! This book has the 2000 most used Chinese words (apparently ordered by use in media) and comes together with a pdf that contains the words, the phrase they are said in, the Pinyin and the simplified Chinese.

I was really impressed with the way the audio-book was ordered: after the initial two chapters, starting with chapter three, each chapter is a block of 50 words so if you think you know the first 200 you can go to chapter 7 and you'll be on the 201st word.

No book will teach you an entire language but this book has enabled me to pick up common words in Chinese film/tv which I do not have to see the subtitles to understand, I am sure as I re-listen I will pick up more words and progress further in this particular language journey.

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  • 06-28-21

Annoying Numbers

The content is good, But it tells you the number before each sentence. When there are 2000 this gets very annoying! perhaps break it down into content and chapters.

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  • Marcin
  • 10-22-20

Needs editing and a better narrator

The English sentences are unnatural and the pronunciation is a lot to be desired, but ok overall.

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  • Daniel Weaich
  • 01-20-22

a great resource for a certain kind of buyer

this resource alone will not make you good at Chinese. but I think the concept of this resource is excellent and a great supplement to other learning resources.

the concept is to take the most frequent characters in Chinese and give you a sentence using that character. one of the greatest challenges in studying Chinese are the characters, they are like a huge alphabet and this resource can be an audio methods to help you tackle that alphabet. learning the alphabet as opposed to words I think is beneficial to start off with because it has higher yield later on (words in Chinese with combined these characters and different ways to make different words).

I would also say the performance or execution of the concept was excellent. the narrator has very clear and standard pronunciation the audio quality is very good and the sequence is just right in my opinion: word, definition, sentence slow, sentence fast.

listening to new words/characters in context also give your brain a challenge-to decipher sentences. and this also acts as revision.

two problems I would mention: firstly, some English words as in the definitions were mispronounced and that was a bit confusing. for example plough sounded a bit like plow. so this isn't a big problem if someone is considering buying the book. and secondly some of the sentences used to give context to a new word are too complex in my opinion. perhaps that is because those words are most commonly used in complex sentences so maybe it's fair enough but I found there were some sentences I had no possible way of understanding. through example talking about technical biology. that notwithstanding I was very pleased with the product overall and would heartily recommend it if you are a serious minded and somewhat independent learner.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-21

Two-paced reading

Great audiobook to learn the most common Chinese words in context. The best part is that it's read at a normal pace and a slowing pace for beginners.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-21

Not great

Has good vocabulary and sentences but the accent on the English words is sometimes too strong to understand, if I didn’t already know some Chinese I think it would be impossible to understand and learn from.

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  • Klayten Smith
  • 04-21-20

Perfect for me.

Everybody has different things that work for them on the language learning path. For me this is fantastic. I know if I study and listen each day before too long I will have a handle on the Chinese language. Before I got this audiobook my study was scattered but now I feel I can just focus on one resource.