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Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1: Workbook (Traditional Character Edition) (Level 1 Traditional Character Texts) Workbook Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0887272646
ISBN-10: 0887272649
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Product Details

  • Series: Level 1 Traditional Character Texts
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Cheng & Tsui; Workbook edition (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887272649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887272646
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,282,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Harry K on October 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
(This review is for the 3rd Edition textbook).

I've used several Chinese textbooks, and this one is by far the best. It is very intelligently written, with clear explanations of grammar and usage, and great dialogues and exercises. Unlike the majority of drab Chinese textbooks, this one is a pleasure to read - attractive to look at, with colour and some photos and illustrations. Also great are the "Culture Highlights" at the end of chapters which give more information about language in a cultural context. The book contains the following topics: Greetings, Family, Dates and Time, Hobbies, Visiting Friends, Making Appointments, Studying Chinese, School Life, Shopping, Transportation.

Overall an excellent beginning textbook which I can highly recommend to anyone who wishes to or is already studying Chinese. Along with the supplements (Audio CDs and Multimedia DVDs - which I cannot attest to), it would be highly appropriate for self-study.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Just Jack on May 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best way to begin learning Mandarin Chinese. I just finished my second semester of Mandarin at the University of Missouri and have used both part 1 and part 2 of level 1 Integrated Chinese (simplified). Having tried other "over the counter" books from Borders or Barnes & Noble this is without a doubt the best way to get started. Other books that promise a quick, easy, and fun way to learn Chinese are rarely worth the money. This text has all of the above without promising to make you fluent while driving to work.

It's very important to start learning this language in the proper way and this is the only book that set a good foundation for me. The vocabulary is always useful and the grammar explanations are easy to comprehend. The authors also publish a workbook and character exercise book that are indispensable to beginning Chinese. Couple this series of books with a good instructor and the language is fun, interesting, and not near as hard as everyone makes it out to be.

I would recommend this book (and its workbooks) to anyone wanting to learn Chinese even if you aren't taking it as a class somewhere. The only other thing you'd need to go with these books is a native Chinese speaker to help with your pronunciation! Good luck!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Wei Li'an on February 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have studied multiple languages over the last few years and I can honestly say that this is the worst series of books I have come across in the classroom setting. There are many things that don't work well with the workbook (a separate book for practice and exercises). In the workbook (which is by the same people and supposedly follows this textbook specifically) there are often questions and structures that you cannot put together with the information provided previously in the textbook. Also, there are quite a few characters and translations needed by the workbook that do not exist in the dictionary in the back of the book. This book also does not follow a very logical sequence as far as vocabulary content. It isn't until the second book in the series that you even learn the words for left and right or any directional vocab. Every time I attempt my homework for this class I am greatly frustrated with the lack of examples in the textbook.

That being said there also doesn't seem to be a good textbook in existence for learning Mandarin as an English speaker.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Reed on April 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been through my fair share of text books. I graduated from a decent university with a degree in mathematics and I study constantly for my current job in the tech industry.

I would say this book is average at best. I haven't read other Chinese textbooks, but I would be surprised if this was the best of breed. My continuing education course in conversational Chinese uses this book... that said it's suppose to be a Chinese class-lite, which why they chose this book.

The real disappointing part about this book that really almost deserves to give it a one star is that there is no audio. How can you learn a language with never hearing it? There's a $40 cd kit you can get, but the reviews for it are terrible and given the low quality of the textbook I can't see dishing out another $40 for CDs that should come with the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cailia on November 15, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
On Integrated Chinese in General:
Integrated Chinese is one of two programs commonly used in U.S. University and College Chinese programs, and is, in my opinion, the best program for English speakers to learn Chinese that I've ever seen. [The other program, the Practical Chinese Reader series, is also reasonably good, but doesn't introduce the key grammar, writing and pronounciation rules from the beginning, doesn't focus as heavily on radicals early on as it should, and the sequence of lessons isn't as useful.]
Unlike so many other programs, IC doesn't just focus on speaking the language, but incorporates all areas that make learning a language complete (listening, speaking, reading and writing). But, what makes this program excellent isn't merely the integrated approach, but its sequence and methodology that lay a solid foundation to build upon, making learning the language much easier and faster.
On this workbook in particular:
This workbook is a very useful companion to the Integrated Chinese text book, giving you additional hands on, practical experience in listening to and speaking the Chinese language. NOTE: It primarily focuses on listening comprehension and reading exercises, which requires the workbook audio (cassette or CD). Reading comprehension, writing and grammar are covered to a lesser extent.
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