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New Practical Chinese Reader 3 (Textbook) (Paperback)

New Practical Chinese Reader 3 (Textbook) (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Liu Xun
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Reader, Chinese Textbook
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Note: In Simplified Chinese Characters
List Price: $21.95

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: China Books & Periodicals; 3rd edition (January 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 756191251X
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 11.0 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 2 reviews.

Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Hao ji le ! A Well-Planned Series, April 26, 2005

Reviewer: Chinese learner

I have used the original Practical Chinese Reader series and found it very useful. I was so impressed with this new textbook and workbook. There are many improvements over the old series.
1. The book is simply larger and easier to read.
2. Chinese characters are intoduced and reinforced in a very effective way. The meaning of character parts is well-explained.
3. Grammar and usage are much more clearly explained.
4. The book uses homophones (some with the same tone, some different) to highlight the importance of proper tones.
5. The workbooks and actvities are interesting and they have really helped me retain the material. The old series activities were too formulaic and boring.
6. The lessons are longer (14 lessons in Book 1 versus 30 lessons in the old series). This gives you more time to actually use the material in different ways. I find it more effective.

I'll be finished with Book 2 in a few weeks and look forward to using all 6 books in the series.

Good luck with your Chinese study.


13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:

This is the 3rd volume in the series, October 14, 2004

Reviewer: reader

Based on the classic Chinese textbook Practical Chinese Reader, the New Practical Chinese Reader is finally here. In this complete revision of the old text (in fact, it is a completely new book, not a simple revision), the student will go through a total of six volumes, taking the student from the beginning level to the end of the intermediate level. Six books in all, the whole set is intended to cover three years of college-level instruction. The layout is excellent and the content is interesting; the first three volumes contains dialogues and expository text (volumes 4-6 is not yet released) that introduce the reader to aspects of Chinese culture and communication, and in keeping with the old Practical Chinese Reader, the grammatical explanations are excellent and clearly illustrate the usage of Chinese grammar. Furthermore, the new volume is written with the HSK guidelines in mind, so if you are planning to take this test, this is the textbook for you. Overall, this is probably the best textbook for English speakers to learn Chinese. Note: simplified characters are used; the grammar in the first three volumes corresponds more or less to the grammar covered in volumes 1-2 of the old Practical Chinese Reader, the vocabulary selection, however, is completely updated to cover usage of Chinese today.


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