Beginner's Chinese with 2 Audio CDs, Second Edition (Hippocrene Beginner's Series) 2nd Pap/Com Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0781812573
ISBN-10: 0781812577
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"Once I acquired a little Chinese background, I really ended up liking this book, for a number of reasons.

First, examples are provided in both Chinese characters and in pinyin, allowing students who know only pinyin to focus on that, while permitting those who are learning the characters to benefit on a more advanced level. It is not easy to set up dual-option structures like this, and for achieving it so elegantly, I commend Mr. Ho. Since I don t know the Chinese characters, I used the pinyin, but it was nice to have the Chinese loitering in the background, giving me a goal for the future.

The book s 10 chapters are devoted to topics such as Places, Family, Time, Travel, and Weather, and alongside the grammar content, they include brief but thoughtful essays providing cultural context for the reader s language studies. The grammatical explanations are well-paced, and the exercises are effective and relevant. Mr. Ho also includes useful information on resources for further study.

Unlike many language-learning books these days, the content is not in any way dumbed down. The grammar content is clear but demanding.

Some not terribly significant gripes: there are too many exercises that are subjective, where you respond in terms of your own experience, and that therefore have no answers. I like exercises to have answers in the back, since I do not live with a Chinese teacher who can check what I have done!" --Ellen Jovin, Words & Worlds of New York

About the Author

Yong Ho received his PhD in Anthropology and Linguistics from Columbia University. He presently co-ordinates the Chinese Programme at the UN and serves as the Vice-President and Executive Director of the Chinese Language Teachers' Association of Greater New York. He is the author of several books on Chinese (Mandarin) language learning, including Intermediate Chinese with Audio CD: Second Edition and Chinese Practical Dictionary, also by Hippocrene Books.

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  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 326 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0781812577
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0781812573
  • Publisher : Hippocrene Books; 2nd Pap/Com Edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches
  • Language: : English
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