The language and culture of China. A topic so complex and epic it would surely take years of study to scratch the surface. Wrong! Collins Chinese Language and Culture is a sharp and informative introduction to the Chinese language and way of life. You'll learn essential phrases and grammar points, the origins of Chinese characters and how to form them. There are lessons about Chinese etiquette, how to haggle your way down a street market and what to do in a restaurant. Whether as an accompaniment to studies or a stand-alone guide, Collins Chinese Language and Culture gives you access to the life and language of this ancient empire and modern superpower in the making.