Well, I've got good news for you.
There's a new program called Get Talking Chinese: Mandarin Chinese for Beginners where you can learn all sorts of Chinese words. This program got me talking all the time. Why not you?
In this book you will find a bar graph that shows how many people speak Mandarin versus other languages. Did you know that 885 million people speak Mandarin, but only 400 million speak English?
This book includes an audio CD, that I put on my computer and on my Ipod, that helps you pronounce all the words and it has catchy tunes too.
This book also teaches you how to write in Mandarin with a special brush and ink. First, they show you how to paint the strokes using a graph. Later, you write whole words.
They also show you how to write numbers in Chinese. Mandarin numbers are different from English because you show the place value when you say a number. For example, in Mandarin, instead of saying twelve, you say ten and two. This makes math problems easier because when you're adding numbers like twelve and seventeen, you can add the tens and the ones separately.
There are a lot of different things in this book, from learning how to use chopsticks to popular games like ping pong.
I highly recommend this book to people who want to learn Mandarin Chinese and a whole bunch of other stuff about China.