- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture Univ Pr; 1 edition (June 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 7561910401
- ISBN-13: 978-7561910405
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The workbook has various exercises such as matching the pinyin to the sound, matching the characters to the pinyin, writing the characters, completing sentences, and such like. The first puzzlement came when I listened to the audio CDs I bought with the textbook; there is nothing on them that resembles the "match the pinyin to the sound" exercises. The second puzzlement came when I tried to find the answer key in the workbook. After more research on Amazon and elsewhere, I was able to piece together what you would need to make a complete set just for book one:
New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 1, $19.95
New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 1 Audio CDs, $29.95
New Practical Chinese Reader Workbook 1, $12.95
New Practical Chinese Reader Workbook 1 Audio CDs, $16.95
New Practical Chinese Reader Workbook 1 Instructor's Manual, $14.95 (Amazon has it, but it's hard to find)
New Practical Chinese Reader Workbook 1 Instructor's Manual Audio Tape, $9.95 (Amazon doesn't have this; I found it at [...])
I have nothing negative to say about the quality of the lessons, but I wish I had known how many things I needed to buy to make the workbook usable.
It would be good if Amazon would disclose this somewhere in its editorial descriptions of the books.
I should probably note that I'm going over the work myself as this is the textbook used at my uni and will be assumed knowledged for my Chinese class this coming semester. From my experience so far, using this book -- without classes & its weekly assignment -- a *lot* of discipline must be exercised & much hard work to progress through the chapters.
What I would like to add to the reviews here (and thankyou to the reviewer who pointed out all the various materials, including teachers manuals etc needed to actually properly use all the workbook material: it is true), is that this really is focussed on University Students. I learned how to ask how many students in a faculty, say what my major is, if the teachers were chinese or foreign etc. The characters meet in dormitories and cafeterias and have discussions with professors. I daresay I would have found all this wonderfully pertinent 20 plus years ago when I was a college student.
As a mom to a toddler, whose chinese I would like to keep, and who wants basic vocab for speaking on a daily basis with other kids and parents around the home, it is frustrating and seems very disconnected to what I need to know. I am currently making my way through various children's books with a few of the other excellent books available: Oxford English Chinese dictionary: learn to look up by pinyin and character radical and stroke #, and William MCNaughton and Li Ying's "Reading & Writing Chinese" which is an index of chinese characters and stroke order. This together with having a native chinese speaker come into the home to help with real-life vocab has turned me away from continuing with these "I am an arts major" books.
Anyways, this particular series is undoubtedly excellent, but not for everyone, being so college-topic based.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend of mine (well, my girlfriend) is from China, and hates that I don't know Chinese. Fair, but what to do? Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Richard Rast
This was a text book for school. It certainly worked as it was supposed to be and the student earned good grades out of it. We sincerely appreciated that.Published on February 17, 2014 by Some what high
This is a book bought for my son when he took Chinese classes in college. The texts, classes, and the verbiage have had a big impact on his life and five years later, he still... Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Janis C. Ayers
worth the $5 the i invested in. it's good for those who have zero knowledge in chinese. buy it or you will regret itPublished on November 29, 2013 by Clambake
Great layout and easy to follow. Wish there were stroke order parts, but the internet is perfect for that stuff.Published on November 5, 2013 by Nick Gilbertson