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A Very Useful Book but the Audio Tape is Useless, August 16, 2000
What a wonderful idea for the English speaking student of Mandarin
Chinese: a very comprehensive book of Chinese grammatical points that are
easily confused specifically by native speakers of English. This approach
makes the book useful for beginning, intermediate, advanced, and even very
advanced students. Indeed, I found more that a few examples that I have
been saying wrong for years.
Unfortunately, the tape that accompanies the book is completely
useless. It goes like this: an English speaking lady with terrible diction
recites a phrase in English. Then, lightening fast and without pause, a
Chinese speaker recites the phrase in Chinese, and again without pause an
English phrase follows. This approach gives one no chance to repeat the
phrase in Chinese, and the author makes no attempt to present drills or
other audio learning devices.
I can't imagine what use the author thinks this tape could possibly
have. Or, conversely, why he didn't think to complement the excellent text
with four or five tapes that would really hammer home the principles he is
trying to teach.