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New Practical Chinese Reader: Textbook 1 Paperback – June 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-7561910405 ISBN-10: 7561910401 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture Univ Pr; 1 edition (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 7561910401
  • ISBN-13: 978-7561910405
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great layout and easy to follow.
Nick Gilbertson
I have just returned from 2 weeks in China and the material in this book served as a good foundation.
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I used this book for a high school students who just started learning Chinese.
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212 of 217 people found the following review helpful By Dennis M. Southwood on December 26, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Although the quality of the lessons seems excellent, and the audio CDs for the textbook are very clear, I wish I had not purchased the workbook.

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.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rui Zhi Dong on January 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have mixed feelings for this book. Coming from a Chinese background (and having the ability to actually SPEAK Chinese fluently), the first six chapters were a breeze. It starts off with just some pinyin, so that's always there to guide. All of a sudden, chapter 7 takes away the guiding hand and puts you straight to characters! I didn't feel like I had a chance to absorb all the characters I had been expected to memorize in the first six chapters. I then decided to buy the workbook. Although the workbook isn't worth the price, it is helpful & I'd probably still buy it in hindsight. Unless you're in a class enviroment with supplementary work, the textbook alone won't be enough to help you with characters.

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.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Chris Clark on February 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been studying Chinese in China for five months now with this textbook, and I've loved it. I'm on the 19th chapter right now, and really enjoying it. The text is quite well-organized and the teaching method solid. The way I use this text is to first memorize the characters, then go through the dialgues with the audio (copying most of the characters as I go) and then going through the vocabulary lists once. Then I spend 4-6 hours with a tutor per lesson going through the exercises in the textbook, and have my tutor correct my workbook exercises. My chinese teachers and friends like the textbook and say that the content is authentic and high-quality (even though I live in Guangxi province, in Southern China, where people sometimes get annoyed if I use the Beijing dialect used in this book :) I haven't gotten the Teacher's manuals, as they're difficult to get a hold of in China, but you're better off studying with a tutor if it's at all possible. My only complaint is that more help could be given when learning the characters - many times I have to do research using a dictionary to learn what some of the components are, and what the meanings of individual characters are.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bookaddict on September 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
I first bought this book from a university bookstore when beginning to learn Chinese to adopt from China. The lessons are simple, clear, challenging, nicely laid out, and progress nicely. If one bothers to do all the included work with characters, one learns to read them instead of being chained to pinyin (most of my fellow adopting moms seemed in awe of me even attempting to learn the characters, but it really is my favorite part... and what is reading chinese with out reading charcters?)

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.
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