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Maybe intermediate-Biginner Chinese?, February 21, 2006
The title of this book is a little bit misleading because it is not
really an intermediate level book, and for that reason, I am a bit
crestfallen, although it looks interesting.
Each chapter consists of the following:
2- reading in Chinese, usually 5 to 15 sentences.
3- vocabulary list
4- linguistic explanation of focused materials
Nices: It has many more pictures than many other language textbooks
would (even though they should), and I think this is very nice; it makes
the learning more vivid. Linguistic explanations look very explicit.
Some of the supplementary activities look interesting, too. The price is
quite reasonable for a textbook with an audio CD. Please note: there is
only 1 CD, and not 2. There are reading passages about Chinese culture
in Chinese, which I found very useful because when one learns a foreign
language, s/he must also learn the culture in which the target language
is used (learning a language is not just a task of translating something
from one language to another).
Not Nices: It looks like every Chinese character in the book has pinyin
on it, and this, for some reasons, annoys me a little bit because it
make this textbook full of words. If this book is for intermediate
learners of Chinese, we probably do not need pinyin for every word such
as "wo (I, me)" "ni (you)" shenme (what)" ... Audio recordings are too
slow, too; I edited them using a software programme on my computer, and
I played them x2 faster than the original, but they were still slow
enough for me to repeat after them without looking at the scripts
(perform shadowing). Also this textbook is DEFINITELY NOT for
intermediate learners. It would be more acurate to entitle this book "Biginner's
Chinese Level 2" or something. If you have mastered the basic grammar
rules of Chinese, you will be able to enjoy this book; probably suitable
for 2nd semester of Chinese for college students. This book would be for
(For intermediate learners of Chinese, I would probably recommend "Yuandi"
published by Department of Chinese, The University of Tokyo. ISBN:
4130821075 without CDs, and ISBN: 4130821156 with 2 CDs. You can get
that from Amazon in Japan, not Amazon river, but the bookstore Amazon.
Japanese Amazon has a website in English as well, and there isn't much
written in Japanese in this textbook; pretty much everything is written
in Chinese, but lots of fun readings, enjoyable, juicy!)
But anyways, thank you very much for reading my review until the end.