This unique book opens the door to the fundamentals or reading and writing
Chinese. The interactive, accessible approach to learning presented in
Teach Yourself Chinese Script guides you through lessons and exercises
based on real-life situations and appeals to the student and tourist alike.
Each friendly and practical course introduces the Chinese language without
overwhelming the reader. Covers the Chinese language. Beginner's guide.
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books; Bk&Cassett edition
(January 11, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 084423625X
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 7 reviews.
Needs Characters, but otherwise very good, September 1, 2005
I have used the Teach Yourself series for a number of languages and
have been very happy with the results. As other reviewers have pointed
out, this text desperately needs to have characters along with the pinyin.
I incorporated that failing into the learning process by looking up every
word with the Oxford University Press dictionary. But that was tedious at
times. Although you can find most words with just the pinyin, proper nouns
are especially difficult to transcribe with only a basic dictionary - and
there are a lot of people and places in Beginner's Chinese.
The audio is a must. The track cuts out mid-sentence in Unit 4 (Saying how
old you are). Apart from this minor glitch, the sound is good and the
speakers are easy to understand.
If you are interested in learning how to read and write Chinese, you
should get an additional text (Unit 11 gives a brief introduction).
The book is well organized and grammar/vocabulary prioritized around the
needs of a beginning learner/traveler. The Teach Yourself series requires
work, but is rewarding. Now that I have finished this text, I am working
in Yong Ho's Intermediate Chinese (Hippocrene) and Schaum's Outlines. I am
familiar with many of the grammar points and much of the vocabulary thanks
to the Teach Yourself Beginner's Chinese.
A good book but would much better with an accompanying Chinese
chaarcter text, June 28, 2005
The texbook is good and the audio is great. A small number of words
were not translated.
What's missing is the Chinese character text - in fact I would buy this
separately, if it was available. I am working on inputting all dialogs in
Chinese characters. The learner should have this choice (at least at
separate pages in the end of the book) and the vocabulary should have the
Chinese characters as well.
Otherwise a great book - I give 4 out of 5.
|0 of 2 people found the following review
Great for Newbies, June 26, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
Good teaching for early beginners of the language. Well-organized & easy
|5 of 5 people found the following review
Great book to begin with!, October 14, 2003
I'm only about halfway (okay, not that far, even) through the book, and
I've learned a lot. I've even had a couple of very short conversations
with people in Chinese, and they've told me that I speak very well, so the
book certainly does its job. The tapes are indispensible.
The book covers pronunciation and the different tones very well. I've
got a lot left to read, but I'm very, very happy with the course over all!
I WOULDN'T buy it, though, as a new, updated version is coming out in the
U.S. in January, I believe.
|14 of 17 people found the following review
Important!, October 4, 2001
I'm currently studying from this book, and it has been very helpful,
and very thourough. However, I had a Mandarin speaking (yes, he's
Chinese), friend of mine look at the book. He laughed. Most of the
information is correct, but the usage of Ni and Nin (you informal and
"formal") is very incorrect. My friend informed me that he has only using
Nin once or twice with his parents, and only to suck up. Instead of being
more formal, nin is more intimite. He showed me the difference in
characters, and the only difference between the two is that nin has the
symbol for the heart underneath! There are gross missuses of the word
within the book, as in between a student and a teacher. My friend couldn't
stop laughing! But other than that, the book is accurate...
|15 of 20 people found the following review
Good introduction to the Chinese language, March 9, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
After completing this book you will have a very rudimentary understanding
of the Chinese language. Your vocabulary will be limited, your aural
comprehension will be weak at best, and only if you're very studious will
you be able to properly pronunciate all the words that you do learn.
That said, this is a good book especially when accompanied the audio
cassettes. I had no previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese before reading
this book, although the little bit of Cantonese that I know helped
somewhat. Now I can pick out a few words here and there when watching
Chinese movies. Only with practice will I improve, although a vocabulary
builder would be useful.