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Excellent tool for learning to read Chinese, July 16, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
Vocabulary is introduced by showing both traditional and simplified
characters, in columns, along with pinyin transcription. I found this
quite helpful because most individual Chinese study materials feature
either one or the other. The sentence examples are in handwritten
characters, not in pinyin, which makes you learn the characters much
more quickly than you otherwise would.
I'd recommend this book in conjunction with a book-CD combination
like Kan Qian's Colloquial Chinese (Routledge). This one focuses on
grammar, as the title indicates. A bargain, as well.