- Publisher: China Books & Periodicals (December 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 7100000890
- Product Dimensions: 1.0 x 5.5 x 8.0 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 5 reviews.
this book is a joke, September 28, 2005
This book represents everything that could possibly be wrong about a
textbook. It's boring, it's impossible to learn from, it's outdated...
to sum up - buying anything else would a step in the right direction.
Terrible, October 3, 2004
Disregard the positive review. This book is a nightmare. There's
aren't many defects I could point out that the other reviewers haven't
done a good job covering already, other than to say they're dead on.
Perhaps the only thing I could add would be to say that if the Chinese
department at the school where you take classes still uses the PCR
series, you should seriously consider a change of major.
|2 of 2 people found the following review
Poorly organized, outdated, + little pinyin/romanization, May 7,
I an Anglo-American who has been studying Chinese for two years. I
was enrolled in a Chinese course for one year in which the Practical
Chinese Readers series was used. I found the book to be INCREDIBLY
disorganized. For instance, you would learn the words for "cotton-padded
jacket" and "X-ray" several chapters prior to learning more useful words
such as "son," "age," and "room." Indeed, with the exception of one
chapter on sports and exercise (which my Beijing roommate tells me is
"outdated"), the words contained in each chapter vocabularly list
largely do not relate to one another, and they are further very seldom
employed in examples...meaning you'd better have a good teacher who
Perhaps one of the greatest limitations of this book is its near
complete lack of pinyin (romanization-with-tonal indicators). I am
familiar with both book I and II of the Practical Chinese Reader series.
Prior to getting stuck in class with this text series, I learned Chinese
with a textbook that instilled the importance of learning tones and
pinyin, so I was incredibly shocked by how poorly this book was
constructed. This lack of pinyin, along with a lack of thorough
explainations of grammar, is in my opinion a very serious shortcoming of
this book, as it can prove counterproductive to learning proper Chinese.
Ultimately, for students who are interested in learning correct
tones, and learning the words for "mother" and "father" in the same
chapter and not 20 apart, you would be better off avoiding the this
publication and, further, possibly be cautious of many others from the
Tseng & Tsui (T&T) series that it comes from (I am familiar with the
Practical Chinese Reader Texts and workbooks (UPDATE: the "Open for
Business" series by T&T is a rather impressive two volume book set that
is, while also lacking much pinyin, a wise investment for
advanced-intermediate level students). For a more up-to-date book that
is organized, published on decent quality paper, has pinyin, and
references to useful websites and outside learning resources, I would
recommend Yong Ho's "Intermediate Chinese" (there is apparently an
elementary version as well). Best of Luck and remember the proper tones
|6 of 6 people found the following review
A horrible way to learn, June 3, 2003
MN United States)
I studied out of this book for a semester and I have to say, I
thoroughly hated it. If you actually want to learn how to converse in
Chinese, the lessons and vocabulary in this book are not useful at all.
You learn either esoteric words or, more often, words and phrases that
are outdated and not representative of how native speakers talk.
Likewise, the grammer is not very well integrated into the lessons, and
the excercises are poorly explained and don't help you learn much. Half
the time they contain words which aren't in the lesson you're studying
and, without outside knowledge, you wouldn't know what they meant and
have to look them up. The lessons overall are boring and are pumped up
with propaganda and useless facts like how many people can fit inside
Tiananmen Square. I much prefer the Zhong Wen Ru Men series produced by
Princeton University, which is taught using dialogues, which help you
learn how to converse, rather than just stuff you with useless facts and
|3 of 7 people found the following review
Most helpful for foreign learners, October 16, 2000
I was taught Mandarin in my first years in school and have not had
much chance to practice it for 30 years. I have recently re-started
studying Mandarin based on this book and find it most helpful and
complete, as grammar, Pin Yin phonetics and explanations are concerned.
It also comes with a wide and varied selection of exercises.