Say It Now—A Handbook of Functional Spoken Chinese is a practical spoken Chinese handbook compiled from the perspective of functional spoken Chinese and focuses on the way Chinese expressions are used. It aims at helping beginner-level students of Chinese express themselves using appropriate Chinese on different communication occasions.
This handbook selects 93 most common topics in interpersonal communication to meet the basic needs in Chinese beginners’ daily communication. In terms of the arrangement, the “Sentence Pattern” section lists diversified expressions for one meaning; the “Explanation” section briefly explains several different expressions to help learners understand the nuances among them. In the “Expansion” part, specific example sentences are provided to further enhance learners’ understanding of different expressions. The “Situational Dialogue” section shows how each expression is used in a specific conversation.