This is a useful method for anyone interested in taking the first step towards the mastery of the Chinese language. Learn Chinese now is the most useful book for the beginner and also for those who are looking for commercial lessons about how to expand personal and business relationships in China. This book allows the learner to see clearly the equivalent words in each sentence since each word is color coded. The system also allows students to identify Chinese sounds and pronounce them accurately. The left pages are written in Chinese characters with phonetic aids (pinyin) and on the opposite page, the text is translated into English. Aside from the color-coded system that facilitates learning, the book s other added value is the section with tips on making friends and conducting business in China based on the experience of the authors with people from other countries who now live in China.