This calendar like desk companion is divided into monthly topics and builds upon itself, one day at a time. Chinese phrases are kept short, simple and functional. Each of the 365 pages include these four components: The simplified Chinese characters. The romanized Chinese (hanyu pinyin). The English phrase. A related cultural note to put the phrase into context. Audio for all of the A Chinese Phrase A Day entries is available online. Listening and repeating after the native speakers in the audio files will help you to practice Chinese regularly and polish your spoken Mandarin Chinese and Mandarin listening comprehension. To get started, turn to Day One and begin studying the phrase, its meaning, pronunciation and cultural context. Then tear off the sheet and practice writing it a few times. In a matter of days you'll be on your way to reading and writing Chinese!