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Excellent reference and learning aid
on April 30, 2012
As a native English speaker and fluent French speaker Chinese was a great challenge. The Cheng-Tsui Integrated Chinese series is excellent. The books provide a clear, coherent and well-written guide to learning Chinese reading, writing, speaking and cultural education.
There is a consistent set of characters you follow through subject-related lessons. Travel words, food, finding an apartment, seeing tourist sites, etc.
The book has a set of great indices/vocabulary lists at the back of the book. One gives English->Pinyin and the other gives Pinyin->English.
My class used the whole series of textbook, workbook, character workbook and online audio exercises.
After 6 months of studying I spent a month in China. Great trip thanks to this book series!
One note of caution: Books are available in traditional and simplified. Make sure you buy the one you/your course requires.